Man, I love reporting on all the crazy things Jackie Chan says. If Uncle Jackie isn’t sticking his foot in his mouth regarding one of his American movies, he’s telling his fellow Chinese citizens that they don’t need none of them fancy freedom whatchamacallits. In fact, according to Uncle Jackie, Chinese people needs to be controlled like simple little puppets. Okay, he didn’t really go that far, but you gotta figure ol Jackie’s going out of his way to please his Mainland Chinese overlords.
Says Chan during a forum on media and democracy in China (via Variety):
“I’m not sure if it’s good to have freedom or not. 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,” said the 55-year-old Chan. “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,” Chan said.
Yup, and why would people want to do what they want? It’s way better to be told how to live one’s life. Chan goes on:
Chan also took aim at Chinese young people, saying, “They like other people’s things. They don’t like their own things,” adding that they needed to develop their own style.
Meanwhile, China still says Chan’s recent film, the gangster flick “The Shinjuku Incident” is too violent for Mainland Chinese audiences. Because, you know, the Chinese people have never seen violent movies before, and gosh, it would like do all sorts of things to them to be exposed to the sight of people being killed onscreen.
Below: When asked to clarify his anti-freedom comments, Jackie responded, “Look, jazz hands!”