Action superstar Jackie Chan’s Tweets about the Quirino Grandstand hostage tragedy may have been "well appreciated by Filipinos" but the comments "did not go down well with his compatriots," reports the Associated Press via GMANews.tv.
Hong Kong’s most famous celebrity Tweeted on August 25, "this kind of things always happen around the world... If they killed the guy sooner, they will say why not negotiate first? If they negotiate first, they ask why not kill the guy sooner?" He added, "(Hong Kong) does not hate! Humans should be united and not kill or hate each other."
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The Associated Press reports that three Facebook groups called "Jackie Chan doesn’t represent me" were quickly put up. A certain Iris Yau supposedly posted on the group’s wall: "Shut up! Hong Kong people don’t need you. You side with outsiders and not your own. You will face karmic retribution for your disrespect for the victims." The Associated Press also quoted a Violet Wing who commented, "He just doesn’t understand the pain of Hong Kong people."
A Facebook fan page called "Jackie Chan ,He doesn’t represent Hong Kong" posted a message today, August 25: "Jackie Chan’s comment on the Massacre in Manila is extremely abhorrent. The Hong Kong people does not agree with him and he certainly does not represent all the 7 million people in Hong Kong,We, people of Hong Kong, do not hate nor will we take revenges. What we demand is an open and professional investigation on the 9 deaths of our citizens. May the departed rest in peace."
Chan’s publicist Edward Tang has not yet replied to The Associated Press’ emailed request for a comment as of posting time. The Associated Press report also mentioned Chan’s controversial comment in 2009, when he said freedom in Taiwan and Hong Kong made the societies "chaotic."
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