BY PAM LOBLEY
NOW THAT'S FUNNY
Jackie Chan is known for his light-hearted movies and incredible martial arts stunts. His fun, escapist Hollywood films have earned millions of dollars and made him a beloved international star. However, he has critical words for the United States, calling us a “corrupt” country.
Does he get his kicks putting us down?
As reported in the Washington Post, Chan, who is from Hong Kong, is a big fan and defender of Communist China, and always praises China to outsiders. When asked in a TV interview if he felt that China was corrupt, he immediately declared that America is the most corrupt country in the world.
You can read a direct translation and even watch the original interview (in Chinese) here, on the Ministry of Tofu. I did not make that name up. I wish I did.
Mr. Chan blames the “Great Breakdown” (financial crisis) on corruption in the U.S. That’s hardly a radical stance to take – there are many Americans who would agree with him on that. He has acknowledged in China that his own country “has problems,” but feels strongly that citizens should only praise their country to outsiders, and keep their criticisms for “when the door is closed.”
Chan is an active supporter of Communism and even responded to comments about censorship of his own films in China saying, “Chinese people need to be controlled, otherwise they will do whatever they want.”
Yeah, like have more than one child! Those crazy Chinese!
Some in the blogosphere feel that Chan is putting himself in an odd position, criticizing the United States after he has enjoyed so much success here. But rich movie stars are always bashing the U.S. – Sean Penn, Alec Baldwin, etc. This is exactly what makes our country so admirable – freedom of speech. We citizens know that movie stars are just people, and people are free to publicly share their opinions.
After the interview, Chan was offered a nice cup of tea. But then he realized, he could have a V8.