Actor Jackie Chan Calls US Most Corrupt County
Americans are not taking kindly to actor and martial arts star Jackie Chan’s recent comments about the United States to a Chinese interviewer.
Chan calls the U.S. the most corrupt country of any in the world, contending that it was the United States that started the current global financial crisis affecting every nation on the planet.
‘Where does this Great Breakdown (financial crisis) come from? It started exactly from the world, the United States,’ Chan told the interviewer. ‘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,” continued the Rush Hour star. ‘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 host then joked that Chan should be an ambassador to the U.S.
“Seriously, I am always like, when the door is closed, ‘Our country is like this and this,” Chan went on. “Who and who is not good.’ But outside, ‘Our country is the best, like so and so, is the best.’ You cannot say our country has problems [when you are outside], like ‘Yes, our country is bad.”
Washington Post foreign affairs blogger Max Fisher was quick to criticize Chan’s statements as “anti-American” yet very typical of most views expressed today by the Chinese.
Chan also called China a relatively young nation that is only now realizing its potential after being bullied by many other countries for most of its history.
Chan, who was born in Hong Kong and achieved worldwide acclaim for his martial arts stunts in the movies, has claimed in previous interviews that he himself has been harrassed in Hong Kong and chose to live instead in the United States carrying a concealed weapon for protection.
He also once said ‘Chinese people need to be controlled, otherwise they will do whatever they want,’ when discussing Chinese censorship of his movies, according to the Daily Mail.