Pop Minute

Home    Photos    Videos    What's on TV Tonight

Jackie Chan's 'People Need To Be Controlled' Comment Prompts Backlash

Jackie Chan's comments wondering whether Chinese people 'need to be controlled' are drawing criticism from Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Chan made the comment at a business forum in the southern Chinese province of Hainan when asked whether a free society would be a positive for China.

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

"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."

"He's insulted the Chinese people. Chinese people aren't pets," Hong Kong pro-democracy legislator Leung Kwok-hung tells AP. "Chinese society needs a democratic system to protect human rights and rule of law."

Another called the comments "racist" and asked: "People around the world are running their own countries. Why can't Chinese do the same? Chan has enjoyed freedom and democracy and has reaped the economic benefits of capitalism. But he has yet to grasp the true meaning of freedom and democracy."

The theme at the panel discussion was 'Tapping into Asia's Creative Industry Potential', and the action star said Chinese goods still had a long way to go when it came to producing quality. He referenced the contaminated milk powder that sickened tens of thousands of Chinese babies last year.

"If I need to buy a TV, I'll definitely buy a Japanese TV. A Chinese TV might explode," he joked.

April 20, 2009 |

Related Posts
  Pierce Brosnan On Working with Jackie Chan in 'The Foreigner'
  Jackie Chan Becomes 'The Late Show's Office Stuntman
  Jackie Chan Talks About Learning Singing and Fighting Growing Up
  Jackie Chan Brings Panda Bears As His Dates To The Oscars
  Jackie Chan To Receive Lifetime Achievement Oscar
  Jackie Chan: 'Warcraft' Performance In China 'Scares The Americans'
  Chris Tucker Tells James Corden About Visiting Jackie Chan in China
  Jackie Chan Raises $3M For Japan, Wants To Eventually Donate Entire Fortune
  Jackie Chan's 'Shinjuku Incident' Too Violent For China

© Copyright & Privacy Policy Pop Minute. All rights reserved. | Feedback

'Simpsons' Predicted Disney Would Buy Fox Two Decades Ago
Dustin Hoffman Accused Of Assaulting Two Women and Exposing Himself To A Minor
Mark Hamill Recalls 'Making Out' Like Teens with Carrie Fisher On 'Star Wars'
Kevin Hart Makes 'Tonight Show' Entrance with Radio City Rockettes
Adam Driver and Stephen Colbert Act Out A 'Star Wars' Scene Using Dolls
Hugh Jackman Gives John Cena Dancing Tips and He Teaches Jackman Trash Talking
Colbert & Kimmel On FCC's 'Despicable' Decision To Repeal Net Neutrality
John Stamos To Be A Father At 54: 'I've Been Practicing for a Long Time'
Salma Hayek Details Abuse By Weinstein, Reveals He Demanded Her Nude Scene

Latest Photos (bikini babes)


Bella Thorne | Ximena Cordoba | Kristina Peric | Melissa Satta