Chan Says 'Chinese Need to Be Controlled'

Action star rethinking his stance on democracy

By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 18, 2009 5:54 PM CDT

(Newser) – Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan may be picking a fight with a new foe—democracy, the AP reports. Speaking at a business summit today in China, the action star said he wasn't "sure if it's good to have freedom or not. 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.”

“If you're too free, you're like the way Hong Kong is now. It's very chaotic,” Chan said. The actor, who has never vocally supported the democracy movement in Hong Kong, also voiced concerns about covetous Chinese youth and the quality of Chinese goods. “If I need to buy a TV, I'll definitely buy a Japanese TV. A Chinese TV might explode.”

Jackie Chan said he's starting to think we Chinese need to be controlled.
Jackie Chan said he's starting to think "we Chinese need to be controlled."   (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)
Jackie Chan said he's starting to think we Chinese need to be controlled.
Jackie Chan said he's starting to think "we Chinese need to be controlled."   (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
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I'm not sure if it's good to have freedom or not. 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. - Jackie Chan

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