America Isn't the 'Most Corrupt Country' in the World (Not Even Close!)

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Jackie Chan: Martial artist, comedian, movie star, and America hater? Say it ain’t so! It’s sad but true; the actor absolutely slammed America as “the most corrupt” country in the world in a recent Chinese TV interview.

"Where does this Great Breakdown [financial crisis] come from?” he asked the host. He then continued, “It started exactly from the world, the United States …” He also criticized any Chinese citizen that speak ill of China, especially to foreigners. He said, “If our own countrymen don’t support our country, who will support our country? We know our country has many problems. We [can] talk about it when the door is closed. To outsiders, [we should say] ‘our country is the best.’”

Chan has long been a critic of freedom and a proponent of government control. In 2009, he told an audience, “I don't know whether it is better to have freedom or to have no freedom. With too much freedom, it can get very chaotic … Chinese people need to be controlled, otherwise they will do whatever they want.”

It’s ironic that the actor has amassed a reported net worth of around $130 million due in large part to his successful film career in the United States. You know, that corrupt country where people freely choose to spend their own money to watch him karate-chop the heck out of bad guys onscreen.

What the heck is wrong with doing whatever we want anyway? Isn't that what’s great about America? So long as you don’t infringe upon anyone else’s rights, you can make your own decisions. You control your own life, from what kind of movies to watch to your chosen profession to who you marry and how many children to have. Freedom is awesome!

There is no perfect system, and there will probably always be corruption of some form or another in any given country. But to say that America is the most corrupt in existence is unfair, untrue, and uncalled for.

What do you think of Jackie Chan’s remarks? Is America really corrupt?

Image via Brittanylynae/Flickr

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tuffy... tuffymama

LOL. Like the US could ever outdo China in corruption. Puh-lease. Someone must've had a knife to his back, figuratively speaking. Frickin China. Whatever.

Reepi... Reepicheep.CSL

Well China, isn't that like the pot calling the kettle black? I have nothing good to say about China at all and I won't be watching another Chan movie...

Carme... Carmen8706

Hmmm, let's see... all this poisonous stuff that is killing us is coming from China, you've got people starving and dying in North Korea, you have people getting bombed in Afghanistan, you have rampant slaughter and rape in various parts of Africa, you have drug wars in Mexico and other parts of Latin America, and the U.S. is the most corrupt nation?  Too bad Mr. Chan can't use all his money to buy himself a clue.

wamom223 wamom223

I want to just ditto the above comments.  We've done business with China and let me just say that is the worst experience we have ever had.

livel... livelaughlov26

I respect him as an actor, person, and martial artist. I appreciate his honesty instead of kissing Ass. He is entitled to his opinion. And I agree with him

shygr... shygrl3cccm

That's rude! I can't believe he said that after he gained so much fame and wealth here.

Nycti... Nyctimene

His comments about the US might be wrong but I get what he's going for about outsiders. Just like you probably aren't as honest about your frustrations with your country to foreign friends as you might be to your local friends because you know when you sad bad things about your country, foreigners tend to take that to the bank and spread it. I know I'm more careful about what I say about Canada to people not from here than I am from locals because there's subtleties that only locals get.

nonmember avatar Emily

America has its faults. I don't agree with a lot of different things about our country - and I respect freedom of speech which entitles anyone the right to openly criticize the way the country is being lead. That said - if you don't like it - do something to improve it or leave. Don't trash talk your own country in one breath and then turn your back. That's one of the things that makes this country great - we have a say, we have voices and we can use them. Problem is too many people don't know how to use their voice. Don't know how to change what they don't like. Or sadly they are too lazy. It's easy to hop on a blog and say you agree with Mr. Chan. And for all I know the people here are involved in their communities and making a difference no matter how small it seems. But for every one person trying to improve their community and then their country there is another 3 that don't. Is this country flawed - oh hell yes it is - is it the worst? Not by a long shot. And Mr Chan don't like America go find somewhere else to make that money - asshole

Angie... AngieHayes

I don't care what he really thinks about America, I still like em.

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