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Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan (Chan Kong-sang) is a Hong Kong-born actor and action choreographer best known for his role as Detective Inspector Lee in Rush Hour. He is notable for bringing humour to martial arts movies and, over the course of appearing in more than 150 films, has become one of the only actors to perform all of his own stunts. Chan, an ambassador for UNICEF/UNAIDS, has received stars on the Hong Kong Avenue of Stars and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. An operatically trained vocalist, Chan is also a Cantopop and Mandopop star, having released a number of albums and sung many of the theme songs for the films in which he has starred. 

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Jackie Chan’s comments on ‘corrupt’ US cause internet frenzy

Controversial opinions are retweeted and shared across internet

PUBLISHED : Monday, 14 January, 2013, 10:32am
UPDATED : Monday, 14 January, 2013, 11:11am

Hong Kong action hero Jackie Chan’s comments on America being the “most corrupt” country in the world have sparked huge reactions online.

SCMP.com readers took to their keyboards to post a record number of comments on the story, in which the controversial star told Phoenix TV: “When you talk about corruption - the whole world, is there corruption in the United States? The most corrupt in the world!”

Chan reaffirmed his view after the show’s host questioned him. “Of course! Where did the great breakdown come from? The world, the United States started it,” Chan said, referring to the financial crisis and gesticulating as he spoke.

SCMP.com's online poll, in which readers can still vote, attracted over 1,000 respondents. 

POLL: Do you agree with Jackie Chan that America is the world’s ‘most corrupt’ country?

“Sorry to read that Jackie feels that way. I think the American citizens should honour his feelings and boycott his movies from now on. He can get his corrupt money from China and see how far that gets his fading career. No more V8 for me either,” wrote albert.reichenbach.7.

MsCalibabe wrote: “Well I suggest that if Mr. Chan thinks that the USA is so corrupt then please do us and the rest of the film making community a favour and make your lousy films elsewhere. After all we wouldn’t want to expose him to corruption now would we.”

So far, the article has received more than 250 comments, some of them supporting Chan’s views on America.

“He may be right...look at the party in power, the Democrats Party, and how they run the country and step on the Constitution. Each week is a new scandal...maybe we need to look in the mirror as a nation,” said john.cr.146.

Mercedes 2233 wrote: “Whether or not you agree with him, Jackie Chan is entitled to free speech without public criticism. You are entitled to your views too, but you wouldn’t want people condemning you for those views. I happen to agree with him although I am not into his type of films - which are irrelevant to this issue.”

Sorry to read that Jackie feels that way. I think the American citizens should honour his feelings and boycott his movies from now on

Chan’s comments, which were retweeted and shared thousands of times, were rebuked last week by Max Fisher, a foreign affairs blogger for the Washington Post, who called them “anti-American” rhetoric that was rooted in China’s insecurity.

“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 also said China is a relatively young country, where in the first half of its history it was “bullied by so many people”, and that it only achieved “real success” in the past decade.

“Our country’s leaders admit they are corrupted, etcetera. We are improving - I can see our country is constantly improving and learning,” he said, adding that everyone is making an issue out of China because it is “powerful” now.

Chan, who is known for his martial arts skills and daring stunt work, sparked criticism in Hong Kong, which was returned to China in 1997, after he reportedly told a Chinese magazine last December that protest in the city should be restricted.

In the same interview, he said that he was bullied by Hong Kong triads and had to hide in the United States. He also said he needed to carry a gun everyday to protect himself, leading to a police investigation.

He said: “Hong Kong has become a city of protest. The whole world used to say it was South Korea. It is now Hong Kong.

“People scold China’s leaders, or anything else they like, and protest against everything.

“The authorities should stipulate what issues people can protest over and on what issues it is not allowed.”

 

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julie.ryan.359
If we truly are a nation based on freedom of speech, we have to let others enjoy the same rights. I happen to agree with Mr. Chan, and think that our nation has sunk into the depths of corruption, but even if I did not agree, I agree with his right to his opinion.
daviddaiho
Chan is not funny; he is merely a joke. What an idiot!
John Adams
Bluechinagroup wrote this: "Also let's not even get into the fact that certain well connected US corporations have sweet heart deals with the US that allows them to do business with Iran "legally", while everyone else is kept out via due to trade sanctions and have to do it under the table or face the wrath of the US."
He is 100% correct ! One of my company's biggest competitors is a public listed company in USA. They knowingly sold equipment to Iran for making nuclear fuel = nuclear weapons. In fact if you google " Iran + nuclear centrifuges + images" you can see their equipment on every centrifuge . It's even on youtube ! Yet the USA government turned a blind eye for years until finally they HAD to do something, so this 'non-corrupt' US company did a sweetheart deal with the 'non- corrupt' US export authorities and chose a Chinese employee as the scapegoat *. The Chinese guy is now waiting trial in USA while the company directors go free. Now THAT is real corruption ( and huge hypocrisy )
* Sure, this equipment was sold to Iran via China, but if the USA directors did not understand that the sheer volume / type of this equipment could not possibly be for use in China and must surely be going to Iran they were either total idiots ( which they certainly are not) or else totally corrupt ( which they certainly are)
Magdalene Pang
Jackie Chan,
Is 100% correct thew U.S. Government is the most corrupt of any country, you only have to look at their political system, where seats in both houses are paid for by the candidates supporters.
ktallas
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression. While I do not agree with Jackie's comments, I applaud him for exercising his basic human right to say what he thinks without worrying about the consequences.
Umar Farooq
Every one has the right to freedom of opinion and expression and i agree with Master jackie chan!!
johnyung
There is no corruption in US because they pass laws to make those actions legal ie super PAC and lobbying. The same actions maybe corruption in other countries but legal in US. So the US government can call other government as corrupted even if they committed the same actions.
Umar Farooq
If US pass laws to make those actions legal than tell me that why America is doing corruption in Afghnistan, Waziristan(Pakistan)and so on,Is this Legal????
karen
That's just Jackie's slant on things, but there's a **** in his logic.
philawsopher
WOW
These writers need to take courses in not letting their opinions get into their articles! That IS a form of mind control if you use such subliminal and sly language.
In here, the choice of restating a single person's opinion in larger font is obviously projecting the writer's own opinion! If not, it still focuses the readers attention to that single opinion amongst all the other opinions mentioned!

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