A new social media campaign is emerging online, after #BoycottMulan started trending on Twitter last week. This time, however, the campaign is in favour of the upcoming live-action remake of Mulan, and is being aided by Chinese state-run media, Global Times.
Last week, Chinese-born actress, Crystal Liu Yifei - who plays the lead role in the remake - came under fire from netizens after pledging her alliance to Hong Kong’s police force, who have been accused of using excessive force against protesters in the city.
"I support the Hong Kong police. You can all attack me now. What a shame for Hong Kong," the actress posted to the Chinese social media platform, Weibo.
Immediately, Twitter users took to the platform to show their dissatisfaction, and #BoycottMulan started trending in Hong Kong and the United States.
“Mulan is supposed to fight for the defenseless (sic) and equality for women,” one user posted to the site.
On Chinese social media, and in the Chinese press, however, the actress has been shown support.
Global Times published an article on Wednesday with the headline: “Boycotting Mulan ideologically driven by China haters”. It also stated that Facebook and Twitter “should have suspended these ideological paranoids’ accounts.”
On Twitter, the paper posted a link to the article alongside a hashtag in favour of the film, #SupportMulan.