Calls to boycott Disney’s live-action Mulan were coming out after Liu Yifei has showed her support for the police during the Hong Kong protests, but now word has it that Liu didn’t actually have a choice.
According to The DisInsider’s Skyler Shuler, Liu was apparently forced by the Chines government to support police brutality. Here’s the tweet:
Here is something very crazy, I just got word from a certain actor in Disney’s upcoming MULAN film that star Yifei Liu was forced by the Chinese government for her support of police brutality. Apparently Liu wasn’t the only Chinese celebrity forced. pic.twitter.com/sjFSw2TRNV
— Skyler Shuler (@SkylerShuler) December 6, 2019
This kind of switches the story up a bit, and some fans are already feeling guilt for having criticized Liu when the scandal started. Though it’s still unclear whether her support is genuine, we wouldn’t put it past the Chinese government to force Liu to make statements for their benefit.
For now, it seems that people are now taking Liu’s side—which is probably great for the Mulan movie, seeing as it’s been at the butt of controversy ever since Liu made her statements. At some point, I’m thinking this is a story Disney made up to remove the negative look at Liu. She is, after all carrying the Disney brand with her, and she can’t be associated with something like support for police brutality.
Again, this is just speculation on my part. I’m just saying it’s kind of tricky to know who to trust.
When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation…and a proud father.
Disney’s live-action Mulan is set to hit theaters March 25, 2020.