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
Jackie Chan said he's starting to think "we Chinese need to be controlled."   (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

(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.”

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Apr 20, 2009 2:21 AM CDT
I say the Chinese government needs to be controlled.
Apr 19, 2009 9:48 AM CDT
Why is anyone in uproar over these comments? Chan is an actor voicing an opinion, it's not as if he can enact change. It's just like if Sean Penn made the same statements in the US, not many people other than his crowd will clap
Apr 18, 2009 11:52 AM CDT
It has been said that the only freedom one can have, is the freedom to discipline oneself. I think that's true, in the sense that if one gets too out of control he may be thrown in jail or something.