Everyone’s favourite foreigner Jackie Chan is getting a little too big for his boots, in my opinion. Much like the United States loved Psy when he was just a goofy, harmless Asian guy prancing around, then hated him when he pointed out that America has killed a lot of innocent people, so Jackie Chan has gone rogue.
We all liked the way that he managed to phonetically blunder his way through scripts like Rush Hour, then became incapable of talking English when asked to veer off-script. We liked him when he was doing slapstick fighting in films. But as soon as he airs political views that are seen as detrimental to the United States, this guy becomes public enemy number one.
He called out the good ol’ US of A on a Hong Kong TV show this past weekend, and boy did he do it with a bang.
To start off with he came right out and said it: America is “the most corrupt country in the world.”
Ouch. I mean, Julian Assange saying that is one thing, but the rubber-faced, loose-limbed guy from The Tuxedo? That shit hurts.
It gets worse, people:
Chan: Of course. Where does this Great Breakdown (financial crisis) come from? It started exactly from the world, the United States. 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. If our own countrymen don’t support our country, who will support our country? We know our country has many problems. We [can] talk about it when the door is closed. To outsiders, [we should say] “our country is the best.”
Host: So he can’t get enough of his more than 20 ambassador titles. I think the Ministry of Foreign Affairs should ask him to be the ambassador to the United States.
Chan: Seriously, I am always like, when the door is closed, “Our country is like this and this. Who and who is not good.” But outside, “Our country is the best, like so and so, is the best.” You cannot say our country has problems [when you are outside], like “Yes, our country is bad.”
I’m calling it now: there will be a huge boycott of Jackie Chan’s films no matter how much they make small children squeal with enjoyment. Because we cannot have someone saying something like that.
(It’s also worth pointing out that Chan actually has a lot of stupid political views – such as “”Chinese people need to be controlled, otherwise they will do whatever they want.”)