The Daily Mail reports Hong Kong action star, Jackie Chan, has called America ‘the most corrupt country in the world’:
‘If you talk about corruption, the entire world, the United States has no corruption?’ Chan asked the host.
‘Where does this Great Breakdown (financial crisis) come from? It started exactly from the world, the United States,’ Chan told the interviewer. ‘When I was interviewed in the U.S., people asked me, I said the same thing.
‘I said now that China has become strong, everyone is making an issue of China,’ continued the Rush Hour star. ‘If our own countrymen don’t support our country, who will support our country?’
The Hong Kong actor has made controversial statements in the past regarding the Chinese people saying they need to be controlled. Chan, known in Hollywood for his role in the “Rush Hour”movies, had made these more recent comments in an interview on Phoenix TV to promote his new movie. According to the South China Morning Post, Chan also said Chinese people should only criticize China to other Chinese people:
“We [can] talk about it when the door is closed. To outsiders, [we should say], ‘our country is the best’,” he advised.
The programme then began rolling credits before Chan could finish his speech.
Chan’s remarks have angered parts of the online community, both at home and abroad.
Chan recently sparked controversy for suggesting protesters be restricted in Hong Kong, and claiming he used “guns and grenades” to see off triad members.
Mark Fisher at The Washington Post has claimed Chan’s anti-American comments reflect a bigger a strain of anti-Americanism in China today:
Chan’s comments, though widely disparaged on Chinese social media, do reflect a certain strain of anti-Americanism that is particular to some elements of China. Like his criticism of Taiwanese and
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