18 Jun – Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan recently made his music comeback with a new album, but it was his feigned ignorance about the mass protests in Hong Kong that attracted a lot of people's attention.
As reported on Taiwan News, the singer, who was in Taipei to promote the new album "I Am Me" recently – the first in 16 years, gave a short response when asked about his views on the recent protests against the proposed amendments to Hong Kong's extradition processes, which will allow authorities in mainland China, Taiwan and Macau to request extradition of suspects accused of criminal wrongdoings.
"I only found out yesterday that there was a big march in Hong Kong," he said. "I know nothing about it."
While his statement drew the ire of some netizens, others, who knew of Jackie's pro-Beijing views, stated that it was no surprise that Jackie would pretend not to know anything about such protests.
Meanwhile, Jay Chou, who also wrote a song for Jackie's new album, became a target of Taiwanese netizens' fury.
In the comment section of his Instagram post, in which the singer shared a photo of him having tea with Jackie, some fans blasted him for associating with the action star - reminding Jay that Jackie has expressed criticisms about Taiwanese democracy before, and had even cheated on his Taiwanese wife Joan Lin in the past.
(Photo Source: Jay Chou Instagram)