The lead actor in Disney's live action Mulan supports Hong Kong police brutality
In 2019, anti-China protests following the proposed Extradition Bill caused fears of greater suppression and encroachment from mainland China. The authorities in Hong Kong were heavily criticised for handling the protests with brutality, hence it is a sore point for many that the lead actor of Mulan would show support for the police.
Lead actress Liu Yifei reposted a viral pro-police comment on Chinese social media platform Weibo from the government-run Beijing newspaper People's Daily that read (in Chinese): "I also support Hong Kong police. You can beat me up now" and adding in English: "What a shame for Hong Kong." Her post flies in the face of the real grievances that Hong Kongers have with Beijing. That such support comes from the lead of a movie that was branded as Asian representation makes her words more harmful. Furthermore, Liu Yifei holds American citizenship which has led to further backlash with proponents of the boycott pointing out that she probably accesses liberal freedoms in the USA which are being deprived of people in Hong Kong.
The situation in Hong Kong is politically charged and it follows that there will be individuals who align with one side over the other. Liu Yifei's support for Hong Kong police is not grounds for a boycott of the movie, given that the actress was expressing her personal views on her personal social media platforms. There is also a separation between artists and the art they produce. Mulan remains a potent film created by individuals external to her and other cast and crew who do not deserve to bear the brunt of the lead's personal views.
The insensitivity of the post is reason enough to boycott the whole movie.