- The Mulan live-action reboot debuted on Disney+ on September 4.
- People are boycotting Mulan because of comments made by its lead actress, Liu Yifei.
The much-awaited Mulan live-action reboot is available on Disney+ for users willing to spend $29.99 (about P1,500, but we don't have this option in the Philippines) to watch it before its December 4 release date. You'd think the most controversial aspect of the movie would be Disney's decision to charge its subscribers, or the differences between the original and the new movie (seriously, there are a lot). But, nope, that's not the reason. If you found yourself scrolling through Twitter, you might have asked yourself: "Why are people boycotting Mulan?" It's kind of complicated, but we'll break it down for you.
It all began when the titular star, Liu Yifei, declared her support of Hong Kong's law enforcement after the police were accused of violence toward pro-democracy protesters in 2019. "I support the Hong Kong police. You can all attack me now. What a shame for Hong Kong," Liu posted on Weibo, a Chinese social media platform. Her comments have resurfaced due to the movie's release and some people are angry with her for seemingly speaking out against democracy protests in China.
Many Chinese people believe that excessive forced is used to control people who protest. That's why many are upset by Liu's comments—especially since she's an American citizen.
Mulan producer and Disney executive Jason T. Reed recently commented on the recent controversy surrounding the movie. "Well, I think that first off, it's a very complicated situation for performers who live in China and work in China," he told Yahoo Finance. "Obviously, the tensions between the two entities is very complicated. I'm not qualified to discuss that in depth. I'm here to represent the film."
He continued, "But I will say from a very personal place, no one worked harder and gave more of themselves than Yifei did. She trained for six months prior to starting production—horse riding, martial arts, practicing creating that character.”
If you're still torn about whether or not you want to support the reboot, there is another option: Just watch the original.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.