Arrest of Hong Kong Activist Agnes Chow Reignites Calls for a ‘Mulan’ Boycott

When popular Hong Kong democracy activist Agnes Chow was arrested earlier this week in an attack on free speech by the Chinese government, she quickly inspired a “Mulan” meme by fans on Twitter.

The social media blitz surrounding Chow and “Mulan” coincides with the upcoming Disney+ release of Disney’s live-action remake of the 1998 animated film and a reimagining of Chinese folklore.

The character of Mulan has long been emblematic of female heroism in China, a claim that many of Chow’s supporters now say belongs to her.The arrest, which was part of a crackdown on pro-democracy supporters in Hong Kong as part of China’s controversial new security law, also resurfaced comments made last August by live-action “Mulan” star Liu Yifei.

She was quoted as saying “I support the Hong Kong police, you all can beat me up now” in response to Hong Kong’s excessive force in handling protesters.

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