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.
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