According to the press, Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan said at a Beijing-sponsored panel: "I'm not sure if it's good to have freedom or not," Chan said. "If you're too free, you're like the way Hong Kong is now. It's very chaotic. Taiwan is also chaotic." Chan added: "we Chinese need to be controlled. If we're not being controlled, we'll just do what we want."
Chan said the problem with Chinese youth is that "they like other people's things. They don't like their own things." "Young people need to spend more time developing their own style," he added then, "If I need to buy a TV, I'll definitely buy a Japanese TV. A Chinese TV might explode."
Not surprisingly, Jackie Chan's remarks have widely angered the Chinese in mainland China, Hongkong, Taiwan, and beyond, except for the rulers in Beijing. Everyone can't help asking the same question: which Chinese, the rulers in Beijing or the ordinary citizens, need to be controlled? If Jackie Chan believes that he himself has enjoyed too much freedom and should be controlled, few would be mad or even give a damn.
It has been reported that Jackie Chan will soon be accorded with the first performing right at the infamous Bird's Nest Olympic stadium in Beijing, no coincidence perhaps. Many Chinese people contend that Jackie Chan can enjoy his international stardom status precisely because of his residency in Hong Kong where the right to express one's self is protected and that had Jacie Chan been born in Mainland China as a normal Chinese citizen he would have been in trouble given his violation of having more than one child as a result of his extra-marital affairs with multiple women.
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