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April 23, 2009

Stupid Celebrity Quote Of The Day

by Doug Mataconis

Martial arts movie star Jackie Chan doesn’t like freedom all that much:

“I’m not sure if it’s good to have freedom or not,” he told an audience at a regional economic forum in southern China Saturday. “If you’re too free, you’re like the way Hong Kong is now. It’s very chaotic. Taiwan is also chaotic.” He continued: “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.”

Chan says this while he spends most of his time in Los Angeles shooting movies. Apparently, he admires the totalitarian restraint of Chinese society, but only from a distance.

H/T: Radley Balko

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  • Stephen Littau

    Wow how incredibly stupid. He should stick to doing his martial arts.

  • EscapedWestOfTheBigMuddy

    I have seen it suggested that Mr. Chan might have been being clever and subtle…would most people in China prefer the lifestyle of Hong Kong or Taiwan? Could this be an intentionally bad piece of propaganda?

    Or not.

    You pays your money and you takes your chances.

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  • uhm

    He likes freedom of speech for himself. It must be burdensome for him to do as he pleases and be a famous movie star. Is he alluding to the fact that he desires to be a slave so he can find “happiness in slavery.”

  • Akston

    In past interviews, Mr. Chan has seemed fairly intelligent to me. I can imagine this being subtle irony on his part. Then again, it might have been governmental appeasement while in China, or simply an accurate statement of his perspective.

    One would probably have to ask him to know.

    Without further information, I guess I have to assume it’s an accurate statement of his perspective – in which case my assessment of his intelligence will change.

  • pnoque

    “I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty, than those attending too small a degree of it.” — Thomas Jefferson

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