“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,” the star of hits such as Rush Hour and The Forbidden Kingdom stated.
And that’s bad, because…
He added that the freedoms in Hong Kong and Taiwan made those societies “chaotic.”
Have you ever lived in one of the so-called chaotic countries, Jackie? I do, and it is safer, more tolerant and more successful than any communist theocracy will ever be.
While things politically are tricky at the best of times, Taiwan and Hong Kong are far more stable societies because people have an outlet for their anger and frustration. And they can LEGALLY do something about it without FEAR for their lives.
People are allowed to challenge their government to explain their actions or pay the price (electorally) in court, in the media, and on the streets. Yes, things look messier.
But governing a country without the people’s consent is messier still: riots still happen, corruption is worse, people’s rights are trampled on, and getting justice is secondary even when the laws permit it.
Try that in Beijing, Jacky… or Shanghai… Go on, try it. In the meantime, perhaps we should boycott your movies, because you clearly don’t respect your audience in Hong Kong or Taiwan.