View Full Version : Jackie Chan: Enemy of Freedom

April 19th, 2009, 09:59 AM
Jackie Chan says Chinese people need to be 'controlled'


By Malcolm Moore in Shanghai
Last Updated: 12:39PM BST 19 Apr 2009 (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/5182114/Jackie-Chan-says-Chinese-people-need-to-be-controlled.html)

The actor told a forum on the southern Chinese island of Hainan, whose attendees included Wen Jiabao, the Chinese prime minister, he was not sure "freedom" was necessary.

Chan, 55, whose latest movie, Shinjuku incident, was banned in China, was asked about censorship and restriction on the mainland. He expanded his comments to discuss Chinese society in general.

"I'm not sure if it is good to have freedom or not," he said. "I'm really confused now. If you are too free, you are like the way Hong Kong is now. It's very chaotic. Taiwan is also chaotic."

He added: "I'm gradually beginning to feel that we Chinese need to be controlled. If we are not being controlled, we'll just do what we want."

His comments were applauded by the Chinese audience, but triggered fury in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Leung Kwok-hung, a pro-democracy MP in Hong Kong, said: "He has insulted the Chinese people. Chinese people are not pets. Chinese society needs a democratic system to protect human rights and rule of law."

Albert Ho, another MP, said Mr Chan was "racist" and added: "People around the world are running their own countries. Why can't the Chinese do the same?"

Mr Chan is a favourite of the authorities in Beijing, and performed in both the opening and closing ceremonies of the Summer Olympics.

He is also the vice chairman of the China Film Association, a key industry group.

However, he lost some of his goodwill among the audience when he criticised the quality of Chinese-made goods.

"If I need to buy a television, I would definitely buy a Japanese television," he said. "A Chinese television might explode."


Freedom = Chaos = Bad

Control = Order = Good

Isn't Obama's Commerce Secretary position still open?

April 20th, 2009, 09:21 AM
I sense a severe misinterpretation here.

Possibly out of context. I do not agree with absolute control, but what level of "control" Jackie was talking about is probably debatable, and easily warped depending on context and translation.

But whatever. Jackie is evil blah blah....

April 20th, 2009, 09:40 AM
I have to sort this out before I can vote.

Let's see, Taiwan = free democracy = good.

Chan = control = Obama = bad

OK, I got it.

Hold on. Taiwan has an income tax, and a national health plan.

So, Taiwan = socialism = bad.

Now I'm really confused. Is there some ideology here that can help me?

April 20th, 2009, 10:31 AM
Why the confusion?

I thought being non-ideological is a point of pride these days.

April 20th, 2009, 11:21 AM
Wea also all know how well "true" anarchy works when it comes to humans, right?

Peace, harmony and prosperity, ain't that right piggy?

April 20th, 2009, 11:35 AM
Wait a minute... Lord of the Flies wasn't a fictional Hobbesian allegory -- but a true story?!

Is the phrase "Blessings of Liberty" used ironically in our constitution? Is that why it's capitalized?


Oh right, "Blessings of Liberty" is just some racist claptrap about being able to own slaves instead of being one. How silly of me.

April 20th, 2009, 02:21 PM
Ask Jefferson.

April 20th, 2009, 02:45 PM
I thought being non-ideological is a point of pride these days.Not really, but it gets me through the day.