Saturday , November 28 2020

Boycott call after actor, who played Mulan in reboot, backs Hong Kong's brutal police action against protesters against democracy / Boing Boing



Crystal Liu is the actor who plays Mulan in Disney's reboot; in Weibo, it publishes messages in support of Hong Kong police, which brutally attack pro-democracy protesters and implicitly assist organized crime gangs.

Her Weibo messages included "I support the police in Hong Kong, you can beat me now" and "What a shame about Hong Kong." It uses the hashtag "#IAlsoSupportTheHongKongPolice." In China, state-owned media have compiled memos from Liu's statements and are widely circulated.

In response, protesters in Hong Kong called for a boycott of Mulan's restart and #BoycottMulan is trending across multiple platforms.

The boycott was initiated by users of Lihkg, an online Reddit-style discussion forum in Hong Kong that served somewhat as central information for a leaderless protest movement with remarkable mobilization ability and members / readers across all ages and walks of life – including local police, monitoring posts to gather intelligence. Lihkg community members staged local protests and demonstrations and launched GoFundMe overseas promotions operations that raised millions.

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

The boycotters' complaints were not only about Liu but also about Disney. Some Lihkg users have expressed their pleasure in entertaining a conglomerate of hiring someone they consider "lenient violence" and "oppressing people who are fighting for democracy and freedom but are interested in the power of power", saying that "the image Disney will be tarnished with "And" Disney, you can do better. "

Hong Kong protesters call for boycott of Disney after "Mulan" Star Voices back police [Karen Chu and Patrick Brzeski/Hollywood Reporter]

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Corey Doctorow

I write books. My most recent are: a graphic novel by YA called In Real Life (with Jen Wang); science fiction book about the arts and the internet called Information Doesn't Want to Be Free: The Laws of the Internet Age (with an introduction by Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer) and a YA science fiction novel called "Homeland" (this is the sequel to "Little Brother" "), I speak everywhere tweet and pass, too.

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