It seems that Jackie Chan’s wish to join the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been met with mixed reactions from fans and haters alike.
The action star, who joined a symposium organised by the China Film Association in Beijing last week, expressed that he is always proud of being Chinese and envious of those who are members of the CCP.
“I think the Communist Party is just great, what the Communist Party says, what they promised, will always be delivered within a few decades,” he said. “I want to be a Communist Party member, thank you.”
While his declaration was met with a thunderous applause at the event, those who read reports about it were not very pleased.
Some netizens on Weibo expressed concerns over having Jackie as a member of CCP, saying that the actor doesn’t actually have a very moralistic background – having been involved with another woman (Elaine Ng) during his marriage to Taiwanese actress Joan Lin. He has a daughter named Etta with Elaine. Etta is now married to a female spouse. His son Jaycee Chan had previously been jailed for drug-related offences.
On the other hand, Jackie’s international fans were furious over his declaration, as they felt that it was just hypocrisy of an actor who just wants to promote his films in China.
It is noted that this is not the first time that the “Police Story” star has expressed his support for CCP, having previously spoken out about the Hong Kong protests and calling them “sad”. He also criticised the pro-democracy movement back in 2009, saying that he wasn’t sure that a free society is always a good thing.
(Photo Source: Jackie Chan Instagram)