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Jackie Chan back in action, branding US more corrupt than China

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 12 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 12 January, 2013, 8:31am

Action star Jackie Chan has once again sparked controversy by branding America the world's "most corrupt" country in a TV interview.

His comments were slammed by The Washington Post's foreign affairs blogger Max Fisher as "anti-American" and a reflection of China's insecurity about itself.

Chan told Phoenix TV that China has been bullied by international powers for a long time and only began making progress in recent years.

Chan added that while China has a corruption problem, so do other nations, including America.

"If you talk about corruption, the entire world - America - has no corruption?" said the actor.

He went on to say America is "the most corrupt [country] in the world" - not China. "Where does this great breakdown [of corruption] come from? It started exactly from the [rest of the] world, the United States … If our own countrymen don't support our country, who will?" he said.

The interview to promote his new movie CZ12 was aired in December and translated into English by website Ministry of Tofu, but only alighted on by the US newspaper this week.

During the show, Chan also claimed that Chinese people should only criticise China among their own people, and not to foreigners.

"We [can] talk about it when the door is closed. To outsiders, [we should say], 'our country is the best'," he advised.

The programme then began rolling credits before Chan could finish his speech.

Chan's remarks have angered parts of the online community, both at home and abroad.

In The Washington Post's blog post, entitled The Anti-Americanism of Jackie Chan, Fisher said many US citizens familiar with Chan's movies would be surprised by his views.

"To the degree that Chan's comments were anti-American, they likewise reflect a common Chinese view of the United States, one that is rooted not just in attitudes toward America but in China's proud, but sometimes insecure, view of itself," Fisher said.

Chan recently sparked controversy for suggesting protesters be restricted in Hong Kong, and claiming he used "guns and grenades" to see off triad members.


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admired for his talent, mr. chan has turned into a marketing populist to gain an even wider reception in mainland China. he would say anything to accomplish this objective. corruption is a human phenomena, which exists everywhere, but the chinese familiy system is a true green house for it to flourish.
Hey guys, give him a break! I have already stated my opinions earlier (Jan 14 2013 at 1.34pm) and although I do not agree with him, he is entitled to his opinion. If you are true democrats, you should at least respect a different view!
Well, nobody's perfect. He's a good actor but he's also misguided by propaganda from the Chinese government.
The United States is not angel when it comes to an effective government that operates with its people in mind. But compared to a China; a country which punishes its own citizens for speaking their minds, force them out of their homes to make way for another factory, allows companies to produce food and buildings made out unacceptable materials, or has officials who launder money and abuse power? And even then, there's countries like Zimbabwe and former Myanmar with leaders who live in decadence while doing nothing for the rest of the country suffering from an outrageous economy, and oppress anyone who complains.
Compared to them, America is still a country that allows their people to have actual say in how their government operates, and have no fear at expressing opinions that the government disagrees with.
Guys... the real statistics don't agree with him, but comon,,, he learned this from HK, to be a free man and express freely.... btw he is mostly representing HK than China overseas... :)
well, Jacky Chan is how he is. A uneducated man, wannabe actor and singer. He can not act, even he is trying very hard and he can not sing as a bunch of teenagers in a KTV bar can do it better.
All he can do is Kungfu but even Donny Yen is saying that Jacky Chan is actually too slow for this sport. So, he can not act, he can not sing, and for Kung Fu actually too slow. Remaining, he is a comedian. A clown and funny "Chinese". He was lucky that he was one of the "Lucky Seven" with a famous Master. But Jacky even insulted his Master when he told the media, his Master was very strict, harsh and brutal to them as kids. So, how this defines the person Jacky Chan? Stupid? yes, a bad person? maybe, considering how he treated his unlawful son when his son was still young, he did not accepted him. A joke? for sure. A bad person after all? Well, that everybody can discuss. He for sure is not an example and idol for my kids.
David Anderson
He can't say much else, otherwise it's a bullet to the back of the head for him, and possibly his family.
How about this, why don't you give back all this corrupted American money, back to Americans, and take your hind end to china and live there? Go back there and work in a sweat factory for 18 hours a day for about $1.50 a day. Maybe you can go live in one of those Chinese prisons, who arrest people based on their bodies, so they can be used in human body exhibitions. They need good specimens to sell for this traveling cadaver show. I mean come on Jackie how corrupt is that, that the Chinese government falsely imprisons people just to sell their bodies for display? So, go ahead, move to China, give back all your corrupted American dollars, and never come back!
This is the same Jackie Chan who also called November 6th, 2012...ERECTION day!
oooowwww USA wery cowupt...
Let's see, Jackie Chan and that guy doing the Gangnam style both trashing the USA, hmm is this a trend? Is it justified?
Do not attempt to control that TV set: We control the Vertical....
Are there any within the USA thinking that maybe with the Government going after our 2nd amendment we should take a closer look at what our government is doing? How about the Banker Bail Out (Now called QE-X) or Obama Care? Is the Government Corrupt in any way?
What Me Worry? What could happen??
Think Zimbabwe a moment. This is the most recent example of a hyperinflationary depression. Basically in Zimbabwe the black nationalists (illegal aliens and those on welfare, food stamps) ejected the white farmers (workers with high paying jobs, jobs exported to CHINA) and replaced them with locals (Indians, Filippinos, Mexicans, or others from Central & South America) who could not farm (get decent wages), crashed the economy and started printing money. Hey presto! Rampant hyperinflation and a very depressed economy.
The problem with printing money to solve economic problems is that once started it is very hard to stop. It is always easier to print more than deal with underlying issues such as over-spending and a government-dominated economy. Democratic politicians (supporting the wholesale destruction of the US Economy) like turkeys do not usually vote for Thanksgiving.
We now return control of your TV Set.
Have a Blessed Day !!!



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