The protests began as opposition to a bill that would have let Hong Kong citizens be extradited to China, but they continue to rage on weeks after the legislation was suspended, shutting down streets and airports with calls for better democracy.
Liu Yifei, the Chinese-born star of the upcoming Mulan film, has now further enraged protestors by publicly sharing her support for the Hong Kong police.
"I support the Hong Kong police," she wrote on Chinese social media platform Weibo. "You can all attack me now. What a shame for Hong Kong."
Her comments were instantly met with the #BoycottMulan hashtag on Twitter (which is banned in China).
People further criticized the actress for commenting on the political situation despite being an American citizen.
Unsurprisingly, she was met with overwhelming support in the comments on Weibo, which is prone to being censored by the Chinese government.
Of course, there were also plenty of jokes about Scarlett Johansson stepping in to play the role of Disney's Chinese hero.
See some of the responses to Yifei's comments below.
Disney has yet to comment on the controversy. Mulan is slated to hit theatres on March 27, 2020.
Disney's Mulan actress, Liu Yifei, supports police brutality and oppression in Hong Kong.— sean norton 🌹 (@sdnorton) August 15, 2019
Liu is a naturalized American citizen. it must be nice. meanwhile she pisses on people fighting for democracy.
retweet please. HK doesn't get enough support. #BoycottMulan @Disney pic.twitter.com/FpECIdutH2
I was happy when @DisneyStudios announce that they are making a new Mulan movie. She was my childhood hero. It is disappointed to see the actress who plays her does not empathise with the protesters in HK. They are fighting for their homeland like Mulan. #BoycottMulan https://t.co/stZma0JBdC— Cheuk Ting Ho (@cheukting_ho) August 15, 2019