Jackie Chan didn’t really beat up Alec Baldwin. But his recent statement on freedom in China just might leapfrog him right over Alec Baldwin as the new poster boy for the position of Director of Hollywood Comrades.
The AP reports on the uproar created by his comments last week at a business forum. Full story here.
The 55-year-old star of the ” Rush Hour ” action films caused a huge uproar after he told a business forum on Saturday that it may not be good for authoritarian China to become a free society .
“I’m not sure if it’s good to have freedom or not,” Chan said Saturday, adding freedoms in his native Hong Kong and Taiwan made those societies “chaotic.” Taiwan, which split from China in 1949, is democratic and Hong Kong , a separately ruled Chinese territory, enjoys some free elections.
“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,” he said.
Awesome. Here’s a thought Jackie – find the nearest farmer in China and write them a check for everything you’re worth. Then take their job and wage for a year or two. Let us know how that all works out for you. That is of course if you afford a phone or the cost of mailing us a letter.
I guess an uncensored letter might be too much to hope for though. So I’ll go ahead and write it for you:
Farming in China is the most worthwhile cause that I could hope for as a life. It is very rewarding. I do not have anything to read as I can not afford books. I have not been able to keep up with my agent as I have no electricity or computer for the internet. But in the words of Our Great Leader Mao “To read too many books is harmful” so I will keep planting rice for the benefit of all.
The person responsible for censoring Jackie Chan’s mail.
Good luck Jackie. Maybe with a few decades of hard work you can sneak away to the city and work in a bicycle factory for $197/month.