Jackie Chan, Mulan star get flak for comments

Jackie Chan and Liu Yifei have been criticised for their online posts regarding the protests in Hong Kong.
Jackie Chan (above) and Liu Yifei have been criticised for their online posts regarding the protests in Hong Kong.
Jackie Chan and Liu Yifei have been criticised for their online posts regarding the protests in Hong Kong.
Jackie Chan and Liu Yifei (above) have been criticised for their online posts regarding the protests in Hong Kong.

Several actors have come under fire online for their remarks regarding the Hong Kong protests, including Jackie Chan and Liu Yifei.

Chan, well known for his action movies, is an outspoken member of China's top political advisory body, the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

In an interview with the state-owned CGTN, Chan said recent events in Hong Kong have made people "sad and depressed".

"Hong Kong is my birthplace and my home, China is my country; I love my country and my home.

"I really hope Hong Kong can return to peace soon," he said.

In response to the interview, pro-democracy Twitter account Hong Kong World City wrote: "Hong Kong hates you."

Twitter user JP wrote: "When we tell you we're from Hong Kong, please never ask us about Jackie Chan ever again."

Meanwhile, Chinese-American actress Liu made a comment supporting Hong Kong police as clashes between protesters and the police continue in the city.

Liu, who will star as the titular heroine in Disney's live-action remake of Mulan, posted her comment last Wednesday on the Twitter-like Weibo microblogging platform, where she has about 65 million followers.

 
 
 

Sharing a post from the state-run People's Daily, which had an image with the words "I support Hong Kong's police, you can beat me up now", the China-born Liu added the hashtag "IAlsoSupportTheHongKongPolice".

As of last night, the post had attracted 111,000 "likes" and 78,000 shares.

Many outside China slammed the posts, with some calling for the public to boycott the Mulan film.

Twitter user Cheuk Ting Ho wrote that she was disappointed to see the actress who will play the character "not empathise with the protesters in Hong Kong".

"They are fighting for their homeland like Mulan," she said in her post, which included the hashtag "BoycottMulan".

Twitter, along with other social media sites like Facebook and Instagram, is banned in the mainland.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 18, 2019, with the headline 'Jackie Chan, Mulan star get flak for comments'. Print Edition | Subscribe