Actor Jackie Chan’s comments on freedom spark controversy.
Wired PR News – “Rush Hour” star Jackie Chan’s recent remarks about freedom in China have prompted a negative response from many in Hong Kong and Taiwan. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the action star commented at a Chinese business forum that societal freedom was in his view not in the best interest of the people. Chan is quoted in the report as stating to the forum, “I’m not sure if it’s good to have freedom or not… 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.”
As further noted in the report, Chan also stated that a free society contributed to Hong Kong and Taiwan becoming chaotic.
Lawmakers and others have deemed the comments as insulting, with some labeling them as racist. Leung Kwok-hung, a legislator in Hong Kong is quoted in the AP report as stating, “He’s insulted the Chinese people. Chinese people aren’t pets… Chinese society needs a democratic system to protect human rights and rule of law.”