Jackie Chan has been a long-time action film star in the United States, but don’t let that fool you into thinking that he’s a big fan of our democracy.
Back during the symposium that was celebrating the Chinese Communist Party’s centennial back on the 8th of July, The movie star took the stage in order to sing the praises of the Chinese Communist Party and outright stated his desires that he would like to count himself among its numbers.
“I’m jealous that you are CCP members. The CCP is really great,” Chan stated to the communist leaders who had been present at the event, going on to add, “The CCP’s promises don’t take 100 years, they are fulfilled in decades. I want to become a CCP member.”
These statements spring up in the wake of Chan’s performance in “The Epic Journey,” which is a play that celebrated the founding of the CCP. In one scene of the play, the Hong Kong-born action movie hero sand “Defend the Yellow River,” which is a Chinese patriotic song about the war that took place against japan back in 1939.
A senior fellow at the Hudson Institue, John Lee, stated to Vice in an interview that if Chan does in fact apply for membership in the CCP, “the party is likely to ‘look favorably’ on [him], thanks to his celebrity status and long-standing relationship with officials.”
Lee went on to add, “The party is also keen to make the point that Hong Kong is inevitably being integrated into the mainland, so granting membership to a high-profile figure like Jackie Chan would strongly support their narrative.”
This is not the first time we have seen Chan speak like this and show his desire to support the Chinese government. Back in 2008, he gave his approval of and even praised the CCP’s censorship policies, going on to say, during a forum on Asia, that “I’m not sure if it’s good to have freedom or not. I’m really confused now. If you’re too free, you’re like the way Hong Kong is now. It’s very chaotic. Taiwan is also chaotic. 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.”
As reported by The Independent, lawmakers in Hong Kong showed reactions of anger, with one such lawmaker, Leung Kwok-hung, slinging accusations at Chan of “insulting” the Chinese people. “Chinese people aren’t pets,” he concluded.