Boycott Jackie Chan’s New Movie

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Jackie Chan is one of the biggest movie stars in the world.  He’s made more than 100 films as actor, director, producer, writer.  Back in the 80s and 90s, Chan made some great films, iconic Hong Kong movies that will stand the test of time, movies like Drunken Master 2 and the Police Story series and he’s found success in Hollywood with films like Rush Hour.  Then again, almost every film he’s made in the past 10 or 15 years has been crap.  Robin-B-Hood? The Tuxedo? Despite a boat load of turkeys, he remains one of the most reliable box office draws in Hong Kong.

“After all those years in Asia, I don`t have to do promotion anymore. We just release a Jackie Chan movie and – Boom! – people go.” Jackie Chan

Here are some other Jackie Chan quotes:

There should be regulations on what can and cannot be protested.  Hong Kong in the British era was not so free. Did you hear so much gossipy news? Were there so many taking to the streets? No. Very well behaved. The British badly repressed us. We do not like repression. We like freedom. But you cannot do whatever you want.

I’m not sure if it’s good to have freedom or not.

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.

Protesting China, protesting the leaders, protesting everything, demonstrating about everything. There should be regulations on what can be demonstrated against and what can’t be demonstrated against.

We have returned to China now, how can we still be criticizing Chinese leaders all the time? Whoever amongst you has what it takes can come govern, but you guys don’t have it in you, and all you do is criticize.

Hong Kong has become a city of protest. People scold China’s leaders, or anything else they like, and protest against everything. The authorities should stipulate what issues people can protest over and on what issues it is not allowed,

I can only speculate about what motivates him to make statements like these.  The first things that come to mind are (1) sucking up to China for business purposes or (2) he’s been hit on the head too many times from doing his own stunts.

Whatever the reason, I suggest that Hong Kong protest Jackie Chan’s anti-Hong Kong diatribes by not going to see his latest film, CZ12.

 

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6 thoughts on “Boycott Jackie Chan’s New Movie

  1. Anon

    There’s one reason I won’t be boycotting Jackie. I believe in this little thing called freedom of speech — he’s entitled to air his opinion, and I’m just as entitled to air mine. That said, he’s also not any more qualified to talk on the topics he’s raising than I would be, and I don’t think many people will be taking his opinions seriously. (On the contrary, he’s just making himself look a little daft.)

    If he really wants to seem silly, I say let him. Unless his job is political commentary or drafting our laws, though, I see little point in boycotting him any more than I see any point boycotting the half the world that disagrees with anybody on almost anything. We live in a polarized world, and it’s easy — doubly so, given the ready availability of the internet — to identify celebrities who will disagree with you on almost any topic.

    As long as he’s not inciting violence, not inciting hatred, and just looking like a bit of an uneducated wally, why single him out for boycotting any more than any other celebrity prattling on about topics they don’t understand?

    1. Spike Post author

      Anon, I’m for freedom of speech too. Jackie can say whatever he wants and in turn I can say “I don’t believe people should patronize his work.” As for people taking his words seriously, I suspect that many in the mainland and a few in Hong Kong do, and can use his celebrity status as support for their positions. As for why I’ve singled him out, the answer is simple: why not? My question is – since you say you believe in freedom of speech and Chan is making speeches supporting curtailing that right, why would you support or defend him?

      1. Anon

        I don’t support or defend him; that should be pretty clear from the fact I described him as a bit of an uneducated wally. Having freedom of speech means you can speak out against that right itself, as well — if you couldn’t, it wouldn’t really be *freedom* of speech, would it? Speaking out against freedom of speech might seem a bit daft, but I don’t think it’s anything worth getting riled up over unless there’s a serious chance of his being listened to, and currently I don’t think there is.

        Incidentally, I nonetheless support your right to call for a boycott. I wasn’t questioning that, simply saying why to me a boycott didn’t personally make sense. But I think it’s great you’re sharing your opinion, because I believe in freedom of speech.

  2. Tony

    Did you say the British repressed the chinese in HK, you must some kind of idiot if thats what you believe. What was China doing at the time, apart from starving its own people. HK under British rule was taking in refugees from all over including China. If it was not for British rule in HK, China would not be in the position it is today. ARE you truly that obtuce and blind too the history. GET A LIFE AND OPEN YOUR EYES.

  3. Tony

    The reason why HK is the central market place in Asia is because the people where given the freedom to do what they wished, they certainly where not repressed, even to this day the people in China do not have the freedoms that hong kongers had 40 years ago. please do not be so damned stupid, and by the way I was there for 20 years myself so really no what I am talking about. Jackie chans movies have always been bad, they are just 10 times better than the rubbish that Shaws studios pump out on a daily basis. The Chinese will watch Kung fu films all day everyday.

  4. Gary Kirchherr

    If I were to boycott every movie that starred an American actor or actress who had said something clueless, hurtful or just plain stupid, I wouldn’t get to see another new movie in my life. And the stuff coming out of Hollywood makes Chan’s comments seem relatively tame by comparison. Anon summed up the situation perfectly in the last paragraph of the first response

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