Dammit... I didn't want to know that Jackie Chan loves communist China & slams "the most corrupt" country in the world, the United States.—
Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) January 12, 2013
Oh, no, he didn’t? Oh, yes, he did. In a Chinese television interview last month, Hong Kong-born box-office star Jackie Chan called America the “most corrupt” in the world. Washington Post columnist Max Fisher picked up on the remarks and lambasted Chan’s fervent anti-Americanism last week (emphasis added):
He is passionately political, a staunch defender of the Chinese Communist Party and harsh critic of anyone he sees as opposing Beijing. Today, that includes the United States.
Chan, responding to widespread criticism of China’s recent censorship of a popular newspaper, insisted in a Chinese TV interview that the United States is “the most corrupt country in the world.” He scolded Chinese who criticize their country in a way that foreigners can hear or see, adding that he’s careful to only praise China when giving interviews in the U.S.
Here are his comments, translated into English by Ministry of Tofu, which also has the video. It’s worth watching to see how animated he becomes when criticizing the U.S. and defending China.
Fisher’s column was spotlighted by the South China Morning Post, which was linked on Drudge Saturday:
And now, the story has exploded:
You know what else has exploded? The wrath of Chan’s American (and soon-to-be former) fans:
Speaking on a television show in Hong Kong, Jackie Chan says America is the most corrupt nation on earth .. Well .. Fuck you then—
JD Lalor (@TrollLalor92) January 12, 2013
Not surprisingly, Chan’s official Twitter page shows him palling around with fellow anti-American celebrity vulture PSY:
Thumbs up, ingrates!
Fun fact: This avowed communist propagandist is the 9th wealthiest star on the Forbes China Celebrity list. Chan’s latest and last movie, Chinese Zodiac, raked in nearly $35 million in China last week, debuts in other parts of Asia later this month, and opens in the U.S. later this summer.
American moviegoers are exercising their free speech and kicking some ass themselves:
Jackie chan thinks the USA is the most corrupt in the world. Really? What's china? Give back the money u made here & go back to hong kong!—
M. T. Peppermint (@MariePeppermint) January 13, 2013
Hey Jackie Chan, can you give us Americans back our corrupt dollars? We did go see all your movies after all.—
Jennifer Villanueva (@Jellybellys78) January 13, 2013
Here’s the most recent tweet on Chan’s official Twitter account:
Not anymore, Chi-com tool.