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I'd like to see some countries have a tsunami or earthquake, says Jackie Chan

The Hong Kong star has once again made headlines thanks to controversial comments

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 October, 2013, 5:27pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 24 October, 2013, 12:20pm

Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan courted controversy again this week during a promotion tour in America, where the actor said he sometimes wished that countries would experience natural disasters more often.

The comments were made during a California interview where Chan was promoting the upcoming American release of his newest film, Chinese Zodiac, also known as CZ12.

When asked by a reporter about United States and China bilateral relations, Chan said that both superpowers needed to work together more, and added that people from nations all around the world generally needed to co-operate more as well. The actor then proceeded to speak his mind frankly.

“I should not say that,” Chan said. “Sometimes I really like to see some countries have a disaster coming, or either big tsunami, or either big earthquake.

“After the big disaster coming, you see the whole world, everybody fly in to help the country, I’m so happy. No tsunami, no earthquakes, everybody nothing to do, then politics come in. You fight me, I fight you, I don’t like to see those kinds of things.” [sic]

While Chan likely only meant that disasters can be helpful in helping nations to overcome political differences, his comments were immediately picked up and blasted as “insensitive” and a “slip of the tongue” by various media outlets, including Taiwan’s TVBS news network and Hong Kong’s Apple Daily.

This is not the first time Chan has made headlines for awkward comments. In 2009, Chan drew rampant criticism for a remark he made on Hong Kong’s relative freedom in the years after the handover.

“In the 10 years after Hong Kong’s return to Chinese rule… I’m not sure if it’s good to have freedom or not,” Chan reportedly said. “If you’re too free, you’re like the way Hong Kong is now. It’s very chaotic. Taiwan is also very chaotic… I’m gradually beginning to feel that we Chinese need to be controlled. If we’re not being controlled, we’ll just do what we want.”

Chan has also criticised Hong Kong as “a city of protest,” and most recently in January of this year, the actor called the United States “the most corrupt country” in the world.

The action star’s latest work, Chinese Zodiac, was released in Hong Kong in December 2012 to mixed reviews. The Post’s review praised some of the film’s action scenes, but also said the movie “lumbers like a cheap DVD knock-off of one of [Chan]’s old classics.”


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Jackie only opens his mouth to change feet...
As long as the tsunami did not hit you, Mr Jerkie Chan?
Some of these politicians and celebrities are just badly trained and advised in rhetoric. He could have said: "Why does it always need an earthquake or a tsunami to make countries work together? I wish that the same spirit of cooperation would be there without the catastrophes which strike some countries once in a while. It is amazing and good sign of hope that mankind can cooperate well at least in situations like natural disasters".
JC, that is a sample for free, if you need good advise in the future for your speeches and talks, I can do it for you at competitive rate.
He is so stupid and still hasn't learned from his past interviews where he again said stupid things.
Even if he meant that he is happy to see people helping, it is inappropriate to hope seeing countries hitting by a Tsunami or earthquake where thousands of people could die. Just to satisfy his joy to see then people helping? Jacky Chan, you must have lost most of your brains somewhere in the Rumble in the Bronx.
Foreign friends ask 'why many HK people don't like Jackie Chan'. This is one of the reasons! He is IDIOT!!!
Next time please be careful what you wish...what happened in the Philippines could be the result of your half-witted rhetorics...
Another one without any common sense and/or brains!
Jerry Blum please stop taking statements that were made in the context of discussing a subject: By a five-year old making a rather outrageous but funny statement, and by a guy struggling to find his right words in English, and then make a
This tis the second today! You really must get paid for on-line clicks on your garbage 'news'!
never mind whether it is out of context, half true, misleading, insulting, or harassing - you must be used to British tabloids!
Definitely someone who cannot open his mouth when he's not making those garbage movies of his.



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