Democratic activists in Hong Kong, including Joshua Wong, are calling for a boycott of Disney’s film “Mulan” because of actress Liu Yifei’s past comments supporting the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) repression and is a trend on Twitter. In addition, they criticize the production company Walt Disney for its repeated passivity in the face of the communist dictatorship, Breitbart reported.
Wong, one of Hong Kong’s most prominent democracy activists since becoming a legislator at age 23, tweeted an NBC story titled Why Disney’s Mulan is facing calls for boycott, and wrote, “Because Disney kowtows to Beijing, and because Liu Yifei openly and proudly endorses police brutality in Hong Kong, I urge everyone who believes in human rights to #BoycottMulan.”
Joshua Wong supported calls to boycott the movie, which will debut in cinemas. "Because Disney kowtows to Beijing, and because Liu Yifei openly and proudly endorses police brutality in HK, I urge everyone who believes in human rights to #BoycottMulan” https://t.co/YE5FcQ93tL
— Joshua Wong 黃之鋒 😷 (@joshuawongcf) September 5, 2020
Since Thursday Wong’s hashtag #BoycottMulan has become a trend and many users showed their support for the democracy movement in Hong Kong.
Other users simply wrote “just propaganda for the CCP” referring to the many Hollywood productions that describe the CCP as the savior of the world and its characters as heroes despite the fact that the Party has been recognized as one of the greatest genocides in modern history.
It is just a CCP propaganda
— Weitung Shen (@WeitungS) September 4, 2020
“Mulan’s” ancient story represents respect of the family name. At a time when all the men in the family had to go to war, Mulan posed as a man to protect her sick father and went to fight on his behalf. It is not unusual that the CCP uses Chinese traditional culture to glorify its dictatorship and Liu Yifei’s actions only end up deceiving people who still fail to see the true evil nature of the Chinese Communist Party.
Chinese actress Liu Yifei, who is Mulan in the film, expressed her support last year for the CCP’s repression of pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong.
Liu wrote on her Weibo account, “I support the Hong Kong police. You can all attack me now. What a shame for Hong Kong.”
In February 2019, Beijing attempted to pass legislative reform in Hong Kong to introduce an extradition law that would allow the CCP to take suspected criminals for prosecution to mainland China. The CCP’s intention stirred up unrest among Hong Kongers who took to the streets to peacefully protest the law. In response to the massive protests, the CCP sent its own police to violently suppress the demonstrations.
It is estimated that almost 2 million people attended the protests, which lasted throughout the year.
In late June 2020, Beijing succeeded in passing the new national security law and consequently opened an office in Hong Kong to oversee its implementation. The implementation of the new security law meant the end of the semi-autonomy enjoyed by the island and the end of the Hong Kong people’s dreams for democracy.
The issue is money, not principles
Disney joins the NBA and many Hollywood production companies that have yielded to Beijing’s censorship, often changing the plot of the films to show the CCP in a positive light or directly erasing scenes that Beijing considers offensive, as was the case with the film “Top Gun” in which they erased a scene where a Taiwanese flag appeared on Tom Cruise’s jacket, according to a report by the Taipei Times.
Disney CEO Bob Iger has refused to condemn the CCP’s tyranny, saying that taking such a stance would be a “big mistake” and that “caution is imperative” in dealing with the CCP, where Disney makes about $1 billion a year from its Shanghai theme park alone, according to Nasqad.com.