Jackie Chan criticised for verbal gaffe
During a recent trip to the United States to promote his movie CZ12, Jackie Chan created a stir after commenting that he “would want to see natural disasters happening in some countries”.
“I shouldn’t say this, but it is only when disasters such as tsunamis and major earthquakes strike that we get to witness the rest of the world rushing to a particular country’s aid,” he said.
In the interview, the actor-director also discussed about the relationships between different countries these days and blurted that politicians tend to attack one another “when there is nothing to do”. “Not only should Americans and Chinese collaborate, but everyone in the world should also work together.”
After reports were published, angry netizens lashed out at the international star for his verbal gaffe by mocking him: “Jackie Chan himself is a huge disaster.”
In response to the criticism, Jackie’s manager clarified that the director’s quotes have been misconstrued. “What he meant was that he hopes to see all the people in the world caring for and supporting one another,” she explained.
At the same time, Jackie defended himself when contacted by reporters, saying, “Who would enjoy seeing natural disasters? My wish is just to see everyone being united. I don’t know why my words got misinterpreted.”
In addition, the 59-year-old mentioned that he has grown “immune” to having his comments getting twisted after so many years in the industry.
Following the controversy, veteran actor Eric Tsang also spoke up for his good friend, quoting Jackie’s “problem with expressing himself” as the reason for his slip. “He is actually a very kind person. If you can’t figure out what he is trying to say, misunderstandings like these happen,” said Eric.
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