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Call for boycott after actor replaying Mulan backs Hong Kong's brutal police action on protesters / Boing Boing

Crystal Liu is an actor who plays Mulan in Disney's live-action reboot; on Weibo, she posts messages of support for Hong Kong police, who brutally attacked pro-democracy protesters and tacitly cooperated with organized crime gangs.

Her Weibo messages included, "I support Hong Kong police, you can beat me now" and "What a shame for Hong Kong." Uses the hashtag "#IAlsoSupportTheHongKongPolice." In China, the state media wrote down memories of Liu's statements and spread them widely.

In response, supporters of Hong Kong protests called for a boycott of the launch of Mulant and #BoycottMulan is a trend across multiple platforms.

The boycott was launched by users of Lihkg, a Reddit-style online discussion forum in Hong Kong that has somewhat served as the centerpiece of a leaderless protest movement, possessing significant mobilization ability and members / readers in all walks of life – including local police which monitors posts for intelligence gathering. Members of the Lihkg community staged local protests and demonstrations and launched GoFundMe operations to promote overseas movements that raised millions.

Although the Hong Kong box office is small in comparison to China's mammoth, the world's second-largest, the boycott organizers appear to be hoping for international support for their campaign, calling on world film actors "who support freedom and democracy" to join.

The boycott complaints were not only addressed to Liu but also to Disney. Some Lihkg users have expressed dissatisfaction with the entertainment conglomerate over hiring someone they believed to "condone violence" and "suppress people who are fighting for democracy and freedom but want to enjoy powerful power," writing that "Disney's image will be stunned "And 'Disney, you can do better.'

Hong Kong protesters call for Disney boycott after "Mulan" stars vote in support of police action [Karen Chu and Patrick Brzeski/Hollywood Reporter]

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Cory Doctorow

I write books. My latest ones are: a YA graphic novel called In Real Life (with Jen Wang); a book on art and the internet called Information Doesn't Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age (with introductions by Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer) and a YA science fiction novel called Homeland (it's a sequel to Little Brother). I speak everywhere, too tweet And roll over.


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