Action star Jackie Chan said Saturday he's not sure if afree society is a good thing for China and that he's starting to think "we Chinese need to be controlled.""....we'll just do what we want." Oh, the horror! Strange ideas that equate public order with authoritarian control and an all-embraceness sameness abound in the Chinese mind. Wish Chen would focus on movies, and drop the scintillating social commentary.
Chan's comments drew applause from a predominantly Chinese audience of business leaders in China's southern island province of Hainan.
The 55-year-old Hong Kong actor was participating in a panel at the annual Boao Forum when he was asked to discuss censorship and restrictions on filmmakers in China. He expanded his comments to include society.
"I'm not sure if it's good to have freedom or not," Chan said. "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."
Chan added: "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."
I think one interesting thing is that AP found this worthy of reporting. Liberty Times has an article with the original quotes in Chinese as well as similar nonsense he has said before. After abusing Hong Kong and Taiwan for being too chaotic (China is far more chaotic than either), Chen completed the trifecta by saying that products made in China were not trustworthy.
And this from a guy who owes his wealth and creative freedom and ability to come and go to the fact that he was born in Hong Kong in a place with great personal and political freedom.
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