“BoycottMulan” Trends After Crystal Liu Expresses Support for HK Police

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    The star of Disney’s Mulan, Crystal Liu was met with controversy after the actress reblogged a post supporting Hong Kong police on Weibo. The reblogged Weibo post read, “I support the Hong Kong police. You can beat me up now. What a shame for Hong Kong.” Crystal’s reblog sparked outcry outside of China, especially among pro-democracy netizens. 

    Hong Kong protestors, who said they will boycott the film when it will be released on March 26, 2020, were backed by many international supporters, and the hashtag “BoycottMulan” trended on Twitter.  The irony of the situation, as Crystal is a naturalized U.S. citizen. “Real ironic for a naturalized American citizen to sh*t on people fighting for freedom and democracy,” said 

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    Mulan, which is Disney’s live-action adaptation of its own 1998 animated film, was not warmly received when it premiered its first trailer earlier this year. Opinions of the film were divided, as many felt that the film was not entirely historically accurate.


    French ‘spiderman’ scales Hong Kong skyscraper to call for unity, sell rum

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    Alain Robert, decked out in gear bearing the name of a rum brand (left), scaled the Cheung Kong Center this morning (right). Photos Supplied.

    French “spiderman” Alain Robert this morning scaled the 283-meter Cheung Kong Center to unfurl a banner depicting a handshake between Hong Kong and mainland China and an adorable smiling sun — in a move that appeared to be equal parts anodyne call for political unity and zany stunt promoting an “unconventional” rum brand. Videos of the stunt —including some from inside the building — were quick to appear on social media.

    But while the sheer skill involved in the feat was impressive, the “Can’t we all just get along?” message was enough to put off some people, including the prominent dissident artist Badiucao. “This flag shows how ignorant and stupid for some westerns [sic] understanding of Hong Kong and China,” he said in a tweet. “Stop normalising Beijing ok? Do u really want shake hands with butchers and dictators.” What has so far escaped mention, however, is that Robert was wearing climbing gear emblazoned with the logo of Dead Man’s Fingers, a British spiced rum brand. Robert also appears to have undertaken a similar stunt on behalf of the brand at London’s Heron Tower last November. The brand prides itself on its “unconventional” character — indeed, there’s an entire section of their website under the heading “Unconventional” — but is not known for its trenchant observations on thorny political questions.

    As of press time, the brand had not responded to a request for comment seeking details on their involvement with the stunt, as well as their stance on the current unrest in Hong Kong, which has seen 

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     in protest of Beijing’s perceived erosion of the territory’s civil liberties. Prior to the ascent Robert put out a statement saying the message of his climb was to make “an urgent appeal for peace and consultation between Hong Kong people and their government”. “Perhaps what I do can lower the temperature and maybe raise a smile. That’s my hope anyway,” Robert said in his statement.

    Today’s ascent was the third time Robert has climbed the building. The Cheung Kong Center is owned by mega-tycoon Li Ka-Shing, who today took out ads in local newspapers featuring calls for unity, such as “Love Hong Kong, love China, love yourself.” Several police were on the scene at today’s stunt, and a large inflatable cushion was deployed in case Robert fell. However, when contacted by Coconuts HK this morning, a police representative said they were unaware of the stunt, let alone whether Robert would face any legal action. 


    Eight 2019 YF Life Jr. Astronauts have successfully completed the 9-day Space Exploration Journey training in the US

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    The “YF Life Jr. Space Camp Program”, exclusively organized and sponsored by YF Life Insurance International Ltd. (“YF Life”), selected eight outstanding finalists from some 2,000 candidates as the 21st YF Life Jr. Astronauts. The 8 finalists has successfully completed the  9-Day Space Exploration Journey  programme in NASA 's Space Camp and Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. Among the 8 candidates, one has recovered from Leukaemia . 

    The 8 Jr. Astronauts, each with one parent, set off for the space-exploration journey in the US on July 24. 8 year- old Cheng On Sang is the youngest candidate , she told reporter that it's her dream to become an Astronaut. Her father revealed that at the age of 4, Cheng started reading on space related books. 11 year-old Chan Ao Tin had leukaemia when he was 3 years old. He  battled his illness for 3 years. He is now having regular check up. He said it is his dream to  explore the space and hopes one day, he can take his family to travel in space in a rocket. 


    Sammi Cheng and Andy Hui spotted holding hands on trip to England

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    Source: Asiaone.com/stars.udn.com/Appledaily

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    No matter how dark the journey, there will always be a light at the end of the tunnel, and for singer-actress Sammi Cheng, it seems as though her gloomy days are finally over. On Aug 1, the star was spotted at Hong Kong International Airport departing for England.

    According to Apple Daily, she was also seen holding hands with her husband, Andy Hui. Sammi was dressed in a black leather jacket and shades, with her hair tied up, while Andy wore a blue denim jacket and a mask. It seemed as though both of them were trying to remain inconspicuous. This also happens to be the first time the couple was photographed in public together since news of Andy's affair with TVB actress Jacqueline Wong broke in April.

    Plagued with news of Andy's cheating scandal for months, Sammi instead chose to direct all her focus onto her concert production. 

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    Now that her 13-concert tour has wrapped up, the singer told Hong Kong reporters at her afterparty that she would be taking time to go on a holiday to recharge. When asked if she would be travelling with her husband, she waved off the question saying she was heading off "with friends". True to her words, Hong Kong actor Dickey Cheung and his wife, Jess, were also spotted at the same airport on the same day. Both couples presumably had arranged to travel separately before regrouping in order to not draw attention to themselves, reported Apple Daily.

    It is also speculated that the four were headed towards England to meet up with Hong Kong producer Mark Lui and his wife. As Sammi previously had a history of depression, it might be a huge relief for fans to see her well and on amicable terms with her husband again. 


    36 in hospital after thugs brutally attack protesters in Yuen Long

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    At least 36 people were injured after a group of men in white shirts entered an MTR station in northern Hong Kong and began to indiscriminately attack protesters, passengers, and journalists following an anti-government rally last night. Dozens of men, some of whom allegedly claimed to be triad members, stormed into Yuen Long MTR station last night and began to ferociously attack people there, many of whom were returning from 

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    , in which organizers say some 430,000 people took part.

    The Hong Kong Island march was officially meant to end at Luard Road in Wan Chai, but a contingent of thousands of protesters proceeded to blow past the endpoint, occupying Harcourt Road outside the Central Government Complex, and continuing on to the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in Sai Wan, which they egged and pelted with black paint. They later squared off with riot police in nearby Sheung Wan, with police ultimately firing tear gas to disperse the crowd.

    As that was happening, some protesters who were heading home to Yuen Long after the main rally were greeted by the men in white shirts, who proceeded to beat them with sticks and pelt them objects. Protesters were seen trying to defend themselves with umbrellas and by hurling helmets back at the men. The men in white were seen indiscriminately attacking protesters and passengers alike, and one image purportedly from Yuen Long shows a pregnant woman who fainted during the melee.

    Journalists were also among those attacked, including Stand News reporter Gwyneth Ho, who was attacked while she was in the midst of livestreaming the chaos for the website. As of this morning, 

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    . Ho later took to Facebook to confirm her safety and to say that she had left the scene. She reported that she had been left bleeding and injured, and required stitches to her shoulder, with swelling at the back of the head and slight dizziness due to the attack. She added that her boss had accompanied her to the hospital afterwards, and that she would stay there for further observation. She went on to encourage everyone to stay safe.

    Also among the injured was Democratic Party lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting, whose associate livestreamed the assailants 

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     (about 20 minutes in) where, if anything, the violence grew more savage. As those huddling on the train scream, the men in white continue to attack them with bamboo poles and switches. One man, pleading with the attackers to stop, appears to hand one something he had dropped, only for another punch him in the face, seemingly knocking him out. In a second video posted onto his feed, Lam, the lawmaker, can be seen 

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    At 2:30am, the Hospital Authority had announced that that they had admitted 36 people to hospitals near the area. Throughout the nearly hour-long siege of Yuen Long, police were conspicuously absent, prompting widespread condemnation from supporters of the protesters. By the time police in riot gear had arrived at the station at around 11:30pm, the crowd of assailants had already dispersed, and no arrests were made. Hundreds of people then headed to the police station in Tin Shui Wai to file reports about the incident, but officers shuttered the door there.

    In the early hours of this morning, 

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     seemingly equating the violence at Yuen Long with clashes between protesters and police in Sheung Wan following yesterday’s protest. “After the conclusion of a public procession on Hong Kong Island last night, some protesters charged Police’s cordon lines in the vicinity of Sheung Wan,” the statement reads. “They hurled bricks, smoke grenades, petrol bombs and set fires etc. Some police officers were injured in the incident. Meanwhile, assault cases also happened in Yuen Long. Some people attacked commuters at the platforms of the Yuen Long MTR Station and train compartments, resulting in multiple injuries.” “Police do not tolerate any violent behaviours,” it adds, before noting that police “are now actively following up” on both incidents. 

    Meanwhile, a 

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    : “This is absolutely unacceptable to Hong Kong as a society that observes the rule of law,” they said in a statement.


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