Liu, 31, who will star in the 2020 Disney live-action remake of Mulan as the titular heroine, posted the comment on China's Weibo microblogging platform on Wednesday (Aug 14). "You can beat me up now", added Liu.
"The central government of China will never allow a few violent offenders to drag Hong Kong down a unsafe road, down a risky abyss", he added. The site is a sort of online hub for the Hong Kong protests and is hoping for global support in the boycott, calling on moviegoers to skip Mulan to show their support of freedom and democracy. Liu retweeted a post on Weibo, China's version of Twitter (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are banned in mainland China) from the People's Daily, a state-backed propaganda handle.
Several protests were planned across Hong Kong from yesterday, including a teachers' rally and one organised by animal lovers upset that their pets were being tear-gassed.
And a post titled "Disney's Mulan Actress Liu Yifei supports police brutality in Hong Kong" had been noted more than 33,000 times on Reddit. The police have also been accused of allowing an armed mob to attack protesters and bystanders at a train station last month. Most of the comments were all in favor of the actress and of course Hong Kong Police.
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The rally is being organized by a member of the Proud Boys, designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. But above all the events have been characterized by the growing presence of the Proud Boys, a "western chauvinist" group.
Urging Boris Johnson's Government to show "great caution" in its dealings with Beijing over the crisis, he said: 'Foreign forces must stop interfering in Hong Kong's affairs. Reportedly, the city police have been criticized and reprehended and for their use of force against demonstrators.
To compare Mulan to Liu, the comment added, "Yifei doesn't exemplify Mulan at all in real life, and it's actually pretty ironic that she plays that role".
I'm anxious that if the Hong Kong government or the Chinese government find out who I am, then I may not be able to go home, "I do feel like I have to protect my identity in order to keep standing with the Hong Kong people".
There are those who are defending Liu, saying that the actress may be under political duress, i.e. threats to her family/livelihood from the Chinese government, but at this point there is no proof that this is in fact the case.
But while Liu's post certainly is not a good look for a Western movie star, disturbing evidence suggests that her sentiments might not be entirely her own.