Martial arts superstar Jackie Chan has outraged lovers of freedom the world over, but especially in Taiwan and Hong Kong, with his galling statement that Taiwan and Hong Kong are “too free” and would benefit from some communist oppression, courtesy of Beijing.
In remarks to the press he asserted that “Taiwan and Hong Kong are too free, they are chaotic. Chinese have to be controlled.”
His remarks drew applause from the (mainland) Chinese crowd, but non-mainland journalists were shocked, and outrage soon followed in Taipei and Hong Kong.
Taiwan’s Democratic Progress Party, noted for its opposition to the aggressive assertions of sovereignty over the island by Beijing, has demanded Chan be removed from his position as “Deaflympics” spokesman, criticising him harshly: “Jackie Chan is unwelcome in Taiwan and the Taipei City Government should immediately remove him from the Deaflympics team.”
Hong Kong’s tourism board will also be discussing whether to strip him of the title of “Tourism Ambassador” for the city, as his comments drew fire in the Special Administrative Republic, which under China’s “One Country, Two Systems” policy has jealously guarded and maintained its status as one of the most liberally governed areas in the world.
Some Hong Kong Chinese have called for a boycott of his productions.
It is not the first time the celebrity has revealed his slavish faith in the governance of Beijing; one Nationalist politician in Taiwan suggests he is actually trying stir up controversy in a bid to revive his flagging movie career…