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Jackie Chan’s Anti-Americanism Revealed In New Interview

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Jackie Chan has millions of American fans and has made millions of American dollars. But that doesn’t mean that the acrobatic action hero is a fan of the good ol’ U S of A. In a recent interview on a Hong Kong television show, Chan made several anti-American remarks.

Chan’s anti-Americanism may come as a surprise to his American audience but the Washington Post notes that the action star frequently dives into the political conversation in China. Chan typically saves his political comments for a small and controlled audience but the auction star let his anti-Americanism show earlier this week during an interview for a Hong Kong tv show.

Chan said that America is “the most corrupt country in the world” and that the Chinese people should be proud of their country.

Chan said (with some translation help from the Post):

“If you talk about corruption, the entire world, the United State, has no corruption? (The United States) is the most corrupt in the world. 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.”

The South China Morning Post reports that Chan’s interview occurred in December when the actor was promoting his new movie CZ12. The interview was later translated by the site Ministry of Tofu.

Are you surprised by Jackie Chan’s anti-American comments?

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72 Responses to “Jackie Chan’s Anti-Americanism Revealed In New Interview”

  1. Steve Sidor

    Personally I admire him for that. He defends his country even knowing they have their own internal problems. I think anyone should defend their own. However, in this country, we have some who not only disrespect their own country, USA, but do it where ever they are. In the USA or abroad. An you wonder why we are treated the way we are sometimes. Defend your country no matter how much you disagree with the political system.

  2. Robert Ballard

    Maybe it was a bad translation. He seems to be trying to say that the US feels smug compared to China but the US gov has a lot of corruption too.

  3. Ron Grandmaison

    Well, I will have to say that the politicians in this country are corrupt, and they have been for hundreds of years. The people are OK though, as I'm sure the people in China are OK. China has had it's own problems over the past few centuries. Chang is getting old and can't jump as high as he used to.

  4. Tyler Johnson

    I'm super patriotic and this doesn't bother me. Nothing he said really had any substance to it. He says America is corrupt, but didn't say how. He claimed to know the source of the financial crisis, but even expert economists recognize that's a complex issue with no definite answer.

    He's just being patriotic for his home country. I wouldn't expect anything different. It's much better than Psy preaching for the death of American soldiers.

  5. Anonymous

    Yes…politicians are corrupt in our country…stupid people won't vote 'em out.

  6. James Fowble

    He has a right to his opinion, but that that doesn't mean he's totally right about the United States of America. Every government (including the USA and China) on Earth has some degree of corruption. Historically, China has been as corrupt as any other country. I love the USA and I think it's the greatest country on Earth and I also think Jackie Chan has every right to stand up for his country.

  7. Tallula Kwakenbush

    Well Hell….He should be anti-American…….With all the money we lined his pockets with and besides….Why should he uphold the USA and show it slightest modicum of respect, why should be different from any other AMERICAN citizen.

  8. Tallula Kwakenbush

    Out with the stupid and greedy…….In with the completely ignorant and clueless and super greedy…..Damed if you do…….Damned if you don't….At this point it seems like a vicious cycle….

  9. Daniel N. Nuzzo

    Now that chan has made his money making American movies, He now can open up his closet to let the world know much he hates American and its people.
    chan go back to china and life off your people as you have done here in America.
    So long its been good to know you..
    SEMPER FI
    rockydan

  10. Amalynn Thompson

    Damn Jackie, it's like that? The U.S is more corrupt than Korea? Even if there's a North and South, the North holds enough corruption for both. It's alright though, Jackie, enjoy our money and you're home in LA.

  11. Anonymous

    He isn't one of the poor people in china who are basically doing slave labor so it's easy for him to put his head in his a$$ and pretend China is a good place. It's sad when a buffoon like Jackie Chan gets anyone to care what he says about important issues.

  12. Carlos R. Burgos

    I respect his opinions and offer a solution. Go back to China and see how much freedom of speech and money you have then.

  13. Felicia Claye

    I have to Agree with him on this point, America is a very messed up country, not that China is perfect but anyone who says that America is not corrupt is either naive or in serious denial.

  14. Dru Phd

    Actually Jackie Chan has been the poster boy of the Chinese Government and is basically coerced into speaking out about a glorified China. In reality I bet he thinks the officials are a bunch of thugs, kind of like how America views their government as a bunch of money-stealing thugs. Lets face it guys, America is more divided than ever and I'd say more than half of our country hates how it's being run. This dude is only speaking truth. I'm a proud American but I am tired of the crappy politics.

  15. Anonymous

    He loves his country nothing wrong with that and admittedly their is some truth to what he says. However "most corrupt" is way of base. I think being from China he doesn't understand the people of the US freedoms to pursue whatever they wish. In addition as I understand it he has mostly done business in Hong Kong during British rule. In his rise which had liberties that average Chinese citizens didn't have and Hong Kong was mostly kept intact after China took over.
    It's a money maker. Jackie's prospective is a bit askew in his world. But I still like the guy.

  16. Anonymous

    Patriotism…..is the conviction that your country is superior to all others because you were born in it. This is why patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.

  17. Anonymous

    In the original interview, he also said: "people need to be controlled, otherwise they will do whatever they want.”.
    Heavens Jackie, we can't have that!

  18. Curtis Lloyd

    don't seem to have a problem getting paid by american dollars…and he sucks anyway. never got a penny from me.

  19. John Smith

    "Defend your country no matter how much you disagree with the political system." In other words, blindly do as you're told and don't make any turbulence even if the system is broken. Personally, I think blindly supporting the nation you just happened to have been born in is the greatest act of treason one could ever perform. It is our duty as citizens to point out this nation's flaws and strive to correct them.

  20. Anonymous

    YOU PEOPLE TALKIN CRAP ABOUT WHAT THIS MAN SAID NEED TO BE SLAPPED WITH A WAKE THE "F" UP STICK. WHAT HE IS SAYING IS FACTUAL. HOW DARE YOU STUPID PATHETIC AMERICANS SAY WE ARE NOT CORRUPT? IS THAT WHY WE HAVE AN ILLEGAL PRESIDENT WHO WANTS TO TAKE AWAY OUR RIGHTS TO EVERY SINGLE THING? THIS GOVERNMENT WANTS TO CONTROL US LIKE ROBOTS, AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT YOU PEOPLE ARE. OBAMA IS ABOUT TO DESTROY THIS NATION SO BAD THAT YOU WON'T EVEN RECOGNIZE IT HERE SOON. CHAN IS NOT ANTI AMERICAN, HE IS JUST BEING REAL WHILE OTHERS ARE BEING FAKE AND KISSING OBAMA AND HIS TEAMS ASS. I AM VERY CLOSE TO BECOMING RICH, AND THE FIRST THING IM DOING IS TAKING MY KIDS AND MY WIFE AND MOVING OUT OF THIS BRAINWASHING CONTROL FREAK OF A COUNTRY. YOU'RE TALKIN CRAP ABOUT JACKIE, BUT I BET HE HAS MORE MONEY THAT YOU WILL EVER HAVE AND NOT ONLY IS HE SUCCESSFUL IN THE MOVIES, BUT HE IS A VERY SMART AND CLEVER BUSINESSMAN. YOU PUPPETS NEED TO CUT THOSE STRINGS BEFORE YOU GET ALL TANGLES IN THEM AND FALL OF THE CLIFF YOUR WALKING ON BLINDFOLDED, AND HUMANS CAN'T BOUNCE!

    THANK YOU MR. CHAN. YOU ROCK!

  21. Anonymous

    Like Corruption DOESN'T exit in China? hahahahahahahahahahahahaha are u kidding me? how about for centuries! and they know everyone else knows too…

  22. Johnny Conga

    Like China DOESn't have corruption? hahahaahahaha are you kidding me? for centuries…and they know everyone else knows too…

  23. Mike Wood

    As being an American and reading this article, I feel Jackie Chan is being very disrespectful. Maybe we live in a world that believes America is the strong hold of this world economy, but for many us that is not always true. We live like any other nation that has rich and poor and fortunalty enough, we are lucky to have a position of some sort of control over our future(unlike some other countries).I firmly believe people build thier own lives depending on the effort they put behind it. I'm not saying that Jackie Chan has not worked hard in his life, but for him to remember where he came from. With out American Producers and Hollywood productions, he would be just another person in this world. Its very upsetting that the economy that has built his legacy is being described as a corrupt nation. Without the United States, his inteviews would mean nothing. There should be sometype of or at least a little more respect of a Country that has made him who he is, rather than a place of bashing due to corruption of random peoples acts that happens everyday all over this world. I believe this is another political attack against our Country that is in hope to try and make us look bad amongst the rest of the world and other powerful nations like China. I totally respect where he has come from on a cultural point of view but please Mr. Chan have a little respect for what has made you who you are today.
    -Mike Wood Rochester, Ny.

  24. Anonymous

    He does have his own right to speak his opinions. But every country is corrupt in one way or another. I am sure he is either saying this to promote his political campaign if he enters it, after all, it's a communist country so of course he has to show that he has no loyalty to US even though he goes there often and has US friends. At least the US doesn't hide that they have problems, I think China is in denial of their problems, and that could be a big problem in itself.

  25. Virgil Mckeehan

    thankgod a pos like you is leaving our wonderful nation we dont need wimps who spout off then run like the cowards they are we need real men and women who will help change what is wrong with this country

  26. Anonymous

    Anti-American? Ah no. Any middle class person still trying to pay off their high mortgage rate for a mortgage that has dropped to half the value with no help from the government and banks states the same each day. I am a Marine of 14 years and I state the same thing. I guess that means I am not patriotic. Reality is, he stated something that he has always stated which is for a strong China. I found nothing wrong with his comments for he is right. The US has become corrupt. Need proof, look at our choices for any elected official. Honestly, would you hire any of them to handle your money?

  27. James Wood

    I kind of a agree with you, but I think you aren't seeing his point of view. Say you made millions of dollars working in China. Would you then turn your back on the U.S. and not claim the U.S. is the best Country? That is essentially all I see him doing. Ya, he made his fortune and fame here, be he is still Chinese and shouldn't change his world view just because we gave him money. Plus, to do honest, he is a very talented individual, so its not like we just handed him money her earned it more then most celebrities, imo.

  28. Anonymous

    I'm okay with defending your country no need to bash ours though….Never again will pay for jackie chan anything!

  29. Danny Martinez

    I just came for the comments, and boy have I found me some entertainment!

  30. Anonymous

    come on, were are those expert economists from??? do you think American economist will blame their country???.

  31. Anonymous

    Americans should take the same pride in their country. We think the world hates us because we are to aggressive or mean, but its actually because we have everything and are not smart enough to stay strong and hold on to it. The truth is that most Asian and Middle Eastern countries only respect the strong and powerful.

  32. Rion Coy

    the US is corrupt, and to be truthful most governments are. the media in america is controlled to a much lesser degree than china, but at least we have freeedom of speech and the government doesn't censor the internet and commit mass murder against it's own people when we protest something we don't like our governmet doing.

  33. Anonymous

    I feel like America is comparable to the Greeks and Asia to the Romans. The Romans often disliked their Greek neighbors, but loved their culture, myths, philosophies, etc. The same can be said for the rising Asian countries in modern time. They love our movies, culture, music, clothing, and even recruit our teachers, just as the Romans did to the Greeks as they slowly overshadowed and absorbed them. Of course, the Western Romans never truly accepted the Greeks, even though they tied their own myths in with those of the Greeks. We even send thousands of English teachers abroad to help teach them learn our language so they can use our knowledge, same as the Romans who hired tudors to learn Greek.

  34. Wazir Muhammad

    where the hell did you pull Korea from? not only is it pretty damn obvious he is from china as far as his movies/interviews goes, it also stated he was from china multiple times in article

  35. Wazir Muhammad

    nothing he has said was disrespectful. if anything it is a fact that gets overlooked because of sheer ignorance and stupidity. i can also go on television and say north korean is a scumbag country that starves their people to make failed weapons. is that disrespectful or the fucking truth?

  36. Wazir Muhammad

    boycott him why? what he stated isnt far from the truth, the only thing i disagree was when he said china was great, however that is his home country are you surprised he said that?

  37. Wazir Muhammad

    hahaha you people need to stop. his statement wasnt that far off from the truth and the sooner we accept that, the sooner we can get this train (america) back on track. rooting for america the way it is now is that supporting an atlete that got caught using performance enhancing drugs lol its pathetic.

  38. Wazir Muhammad

    WITH THAT SAID. china is FAR from being a great country. recently a couple brought some chian made goods and inside of it was a plea from china to america asking them to save her and her family from a sweat shop. there is no doubt that china uses slave labor and if jackie chan ignores this he is not a good citizen of china

  39. Matt Sapero

    Yeah the people are amazing in China but the environment is a toxic chemical cess pool which the jet stream picks up and dumps on America, literally. Oh and the people are totally suppressed for their political and religious beliefs. Oh And corruption is rampant. And intellectual property isn't protected at all. Oh and all of their ethnic minorities are surpressed. Oh and the work conditions are deplorable for hundreds of millions. Other than that, it's great.

  40. Emmitt Vascocu

    Y gover.ment an when you take.God. out what is leftits.sad.but true..look.at.congress look at.all.the people.of money.gread has taken o er our.freedom yes he's.made so. Much money here that is true to this country has had this problem for years its just gotten to the point were.we are about to be taken over.completely

  41. Kevin Roberts

    yep, that really pisses me off. I don't recall him saying anything like that when he was over here. So it's ok for him to critisize us for our problems but not his? Blameing us for the financial crisis? That's bunk! He should know that it was Global Banks that done it. Now all these banks in other countries are in trouble for fixing the numbers. If it's all us…how'd that happen? We aren't the only country to have wall streeters either. Every country has there equivalent and they all played a part! It only hit us first because We Are The Biggest Economy, hence it would affect us first. He says they should praise their country to foreigners and talk about the problems behind closed doors…so it's wrong for us to do this but not them? Clearly he is used to OUR Freedom of Speech. Let him stay over there where they don't even have a internet that's not manipulated by their Government. If it doesn't reflect them as being great, they don't let anyone see it! If someone has a different opinion than the Chinese Government, they get arrested or house arrest for years. That's why that artist has had so much trouble. That's why that blind man under house arrest had to sneak to the American Consulant and ask for protection and to come here. I know I'm not going to watch another of his movies just because of his double standardness! I don't mind free speech or freedom of his opinion. I do mind him useing americans and the american market to get rich and then going home and bashing the same system he got rich from! Stay in China if you feel that way!

  42. Mark Lafoon

    Let him keep his ass in the commy country who slaughter innocent folks.

  43. Steven Murray

    Confucius say, Man should not look gift horse in the mouth or did my grandpa say that?

  44. Mary Merker

    Dang Jackie America is corrupt I agree but I can't agree that its the most corrupt in the world. What's the matter they raise your taxes, heck they raised all ours.

  45. Amalynn Thompson

    Are you two retarded? He said the US is the most corrupt country and I'm responding with, even more corrupt than Korea? I know Jackie is from Hong Kong. My god, selective reading at it's finest. Morons.

  46. Patrick Frye

    I have to wonder how good the translation is considering that moral corruption and global economics are not completely related, although they can be. The financial problems at home have caused ripple effects and that includes slowing China's rapid growth. I don't think that bluffing to the world that everything is fine is a good policy no matter the country.

  47. Michele Archer

    Naw, American Exceptionalism is the idea that here you can become whatever you want. There really hasn't been another country like that. It's not longer true. We're be funneled into our 'place' a little at a time. Sucks.

  48. Anonymous

    It is plain and simple and anyone who knows some of what the government does and what the legal systems in the U.S. do, but so many are blind to these things and quite ignorant about them, will agree that the U.S. is the most corrupt country in the world.

  49. JetFighter Jetfighter

    The facts seem to indicate that the United States is the most cosmopolitan country and the most enduring democracy that can serve the model for other countries to follow and represents the hope to the oppressed in the world to seek asylum. On the other hand, China’s territorial expansion had been accomplished on the blood of conquest wars and has produced the most cruel tyrants in the world.
    I love Jackie Chan’s movies and have seen at least 90% of them. He is entitled to his own opinion even though it is distorted and sentimental. He should stick to what he knows best is martial arts and acting. Also, remember the United States tried to help China to fight the Japanese during the World War II.
    Jackie Chan: “The most corrupt country is America”, Tây Sơn:”China has produced the most cruel tyrants in the world.”.
    http://eyedrd.org/2013/01/jackie-chan-the-most-corrupt-country-is-america.html

  50. Kerry Le Blanc

    Kayla Thompson Guess they think being in a re-education camp because you said something they didn't like must be fun. What insipid asses they are, but as Bobby McFadden used to say don't worry be happy that your sorry selves live here and not in Russia, China N Korea or Iran.