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It’s hard serving two masters, especially if both of them are at each other’s throats and the one you’re more partial to is inflicting human rights violations on the one you need to keep your happy, Mickey Mouse PR appearance alive. That’s the predicament Disney is in after the star of its newest live action remake is being blasted for her support of the pro-Beijing authoritarians accused of bludgeoning pro-democratic Hong Kong protestors.
Chinese-American actress Crystal Liu has been accused of supporting police brutality by the Twittersphere and Chinese social media users for posting her support of Hong Kong police. The new Mulan shared an image from the People’s Daily (pro-Chinese state news) with a caption claiming, “I support Hong Kong's police, you can beat me up now.” She added, “What a shame for Hong Kong. #IAlsoSupportTheHongKongPolice.”
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The post was seen by her 65 million fans and became a flashpoint in the bigger fight between Hong Kong citizens and their protests against the authoritarian communitst Chinese state.
Disney has a tough choice to make: will it stand by China and it’s lucrative film market by keeping quiet, or will it stand up against what democracy supporters consider Hong Kong police brutality?
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For context, the Chinese state had cut an “undemocratic” deal with Hong Kong — an independently-governed sector within Chinese territory — to extradite the city’s prisoners to China, incensing many Hong Kong citizens who see the move as an affront to their autonomy. Major protests have been raging against Hong Kong’s authorities by pro-democracy forces for eleven weeks now and the ensuing police crackdown has been called “excessive” by “international human rights groups.”
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