As the the Chinese-born actress Liu Yifei expressed her support for the city's police, the Hong Kong protesters called for the star’s boycott.
Liu Yifei is currently starring in Disney's upcoming live-action "Mulan" remake. With this ‘Mulan’ also badly caught in Hong Kong protest controversy.
"I support the Hong Kong police. You can all attack me now. What a shame for Hong Kong," she posted on Weibo, a Twitter-like Chinese social media platform. Immediately, people began posting #BoycottMulan on Twitter -- which is banned in China. Hours later, the hashtag was trending in Hong Kong and the United States with 37,700 tweets posted at time of writing. Twitter users accused the actress of supporting police brutality, and called out the fact that she's an American citizen.
Liu isn't the only Chinese celebrity who's weighed in -- Jackie Chan, martial arts film icon and native Hong Konger, called for peace on Thursday in an interview with China's broadcaster CCTV.