It’s difficult to muster any kind of appreciation for Jackie Chan which isn’t ironic. Most hold HK’s celebrated cultural icon in the same tongue-in-cheek regard as The Hoff or fellow irritating martial artist Chuck Norris (who, incidentally also harbours a disdain for his homeland). However, as the South China Morning Mouthpiece highlights today, the extra-curricular activities of our beloved Jackie are worth more critical consideration…
Jackie Chan pandering to Beijing yesterday.
Speaking to Southern People Weekly, Chan stated that “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.” Quite.
Loves puppies; dislikes freedom.
Cultural critic Leung Man-tao responded that “Chan doesn’t bother to understand why some Hong Kong people choose to take to the streets. He just tends to think that whatever the government does is correct.” Meanwhile, Civic Party chair Audrey Eu Yuet-mee said, “I think it’s a shame for the movie industry, because the freedom of expression is fundamental to his line of business,” she said. “Just as the government cannot lay down rules on what movies can be made and what can’t, he ought to appreciate that there should be no restrictions on which protests can be held and which cannot, as long as they comply with the law.”