Trending Tweets turns to Tweeting Trouble
The live action version of Mulan has become a worldwide controversy, especially as we reach its release date of March 27, 2020. The movie originally became controversial when Disney announced there would be no Li-Shang, no Crickee, and no Mushu, all very loved classic characters. The elimination of these characters was to make a more modern, feminist film based solely on Mulan and her journey.
However Liu Yifei, who plays Mulan, has recently made some bold statements about the situation taking place in Hong Kong. Yifei’s commentary is about the fact that the police have been physically and emotionally harming women. Liu Yifei made a statement by reposting a tweet that said, “I support the Hong Kong police. You can all attack me now. What a shame for Hong Kong.”
This tweet has since been deleted off her page, yet the harm has already been done. The hashtag, #boycottmulan, has been trending on Twitter for a week now. Disney thought that this film would break box office records, however, the projection of the film is unknown now. Many people are shaming Yifei for saying such controversial things while portraying a majorly inspirational character.
On the opposing side, the comments made by Yifei have also been greeted with praise and promise to buy more tickets. Multiple posts on Twitter say Liu is the real-life Mulan defending her country against “Hong Kong radicals and protesters”. Another hashtag being used, yet isn’t quite as trending as the boycott is #supportmulan.
Mulan may have saved her country but Liu Yifei has left hers in confusion and controversy. Morals and beliefs are being called upon from Yifei and social media users all over.