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Crystal Yifei Liu, the star of Disney’s live action remake of “Mulan,” skipped the press line and Disney panel at Disney’s D23 expo Saturday in the heat of the #BoycottMulan controversy.
Unlike the other portions of the Saturday Disney panel, which featured both stars and directors for the other films presented, the “Mulan” panel was supported by just the film’s director, Niki Caro.
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The first scene queued up from Caro was Mulan’s presentation to the village matchmaker, which was previewed in the film’s first trailer.
Caro said “Mulan herself” drew her to the film, to document “her journey from village girl to male soldier to warrior to hero. She represents all of us. The story is as relevant and inspiring today as it was when written 1500 years ago.”
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Liu ignited controversy after taking to the Chinese microblogging site Weibo (similar to Twitter, which is banned in China) to support the Hong Kong police’s crackdown against protesters. Last week, the Chinese-born actress shared an image from the Communist Party’s official paper People’s Daily with the caption (translated from Chinese): “I support the Hong Kong police; you can beat me up now.” She added in English: “What a shame for Hong Kong.”
Liu’s meme comes from a viral...
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