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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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If corruption is defined as giving politians money to influence their positions and acts in government, then he's probably spot-on. No where in the worlds history has so much money been "given" to put people in office.
Dai Muff
I'm sorry, but almost as soon as you meet someone in mainland China in any position of authority you do not wonder IF he is corrupt, but HOW corrupt he is. IN the US you can at least give them the benefit of the doubt temporarily and warily.
He made millions in this country with his crappy movies and has the nerve to trash it as a lot of Hollywood loons do.
This is not the first time Chan has said something like this. A few year ago, he endorsed communism in Hong Kong. He'a a full blown communist and had it not been for the United States, this stupid **** wouldn't have the money he has today.
So basically, if one reads the article, Jackie Chan is saying he shouldn't run down his own country while abroad.
Why the hell we hadn't thought of that I don't know. Seems like a logical idea to me though frankly with the internet everywhere is abroad now, perhaps we shouldn't be running down our country at home either.
Instead, maybe we could just do our part to fight corruption in our own areas of influence and while we're at it, trying loving our neighbor just a wee little bit.
I mean, long as they speak English! (satire folks, that may not translate quite right)
"Chan also claimed that Chinese people should only criticise China among their own people, and not to foreigners" But it is OK for Chinese people to critcise any other nations anywhere, anytime. LMAO!
PSY's father has spoken
I love it when people, deny the fact that after 1946 The Red Chinese government rounded up all the people that disagreed with the Communist Party line over thirty to forty years or more and miurdered well over 100 Million of its own people.
But, hey they just wanted complete control....Remember when the , Mao Tse-tung ( Mao Zedong) students waving the little red book ran over the country side killing those that did not agree with the Communist party line. Some call it population control.
But, I guess that is no comparison to the nasty Americans
Had I known Jackie Chan hated America so much I would never have spent so much money attending his movies. My mistake. Not a mistake I will repeat in the future.
Nationalism sucks.



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