n movies like Shanghai Noon action star Jackie Chan won over American audiences with his slapstick kung-fu routines. Chan doesn’t seem to be returning the love, mind you. In an interview with Phoenix TV the actor launched a broadside against Uncle Sam. Asked about corruption in China, Chan countered by saying that the US was “the most corrupt nation in the world”. The Huffington Post reports that the “incendiary statement” caused an immediate backlash online. In a typical comment one netizen wrote: “I think that American citizens should honour his feelings and boycott his movies from now on. He can get his corrupt money from China and see how far that gets his fading career.”
It’s not Chan’s first controversial remark about politics. Last year he sparked controversy when he said that demonstrations in Hong Kong should be restricted, describing his hometown as a “city of protest”. And in 2009 he electrified a panel discussion about China’s censorship regime when he commented: “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.”
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