Jackie Chan Comments Spark Online Backlash

Published on April 20, 2009
by Carlos Tejada and Juliet Ye

The actor’s statement at the Boao Forum Saturday that Chinese people “need to be controlled,” followed with his comments favoring Japanese TVs over Chinese brands, drew quick condemnation over the weekend from politicians in Hong Kong and Taiwan. His words also were widely carried in the Western media and blogosphere. One English-language blog headline: “Jackie Chan is a Know-Nothing Self-Loathing Racist.”

The comments were carried less broadly on the mainland, which might have cheered Mr. Chan’s camp. But as word has reached the Chinese Internet, the reaction has been mostly negative.

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