Thursday, April 23, 2009

Hong Kong, Taiwanese media call for boycott of Jackie Chan films

Action star Jackie Chan is getting a lot of blowback for remarks he made against democratic freedoms, with calls in Taiwan and Hong Kong for a boycott of his films.

"I'm not sure if it's good to have freedom or not," Chan told an audience of businesspeople in the Chinese province of Hainan on the weekend.

"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," the star of hits such as Rush Hour, Shanghai Noon and The Forbidden Kingdom stated.

He continued to say the freedoms in Hong Kong and Taiwan made those societies "chaotic."

The observations were carried widely in the media in both regions but not mainland China. Politicians in Hong Kong and Taiwan reacted immediately, blasting the 55-year-old actor for insulting the Chinese people.

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