Jackie Chan upset by media presence at CPPCC panel

By Zhang Rui
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Hong Kong kung fu star Jackie Chan, a member of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, speaks at a panel discussion in Beijing in March 2015. [Photo by Zhang Rui / China.org.cn]

Hong Kong kung fu star Jackie Chan was upset about the media's presence at the annual session of China's top advisory body in Beijing on Wednesday.

Chan, a member of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, did not speak out about any of his proposals or other issues during the third annual session, which will close on Friday in Beijing.

He said that many media reports were not just targeted at him but also hurt his family. "There are so many reporters here, what can I say? I can't say anything. I prepared my speech but I can't read it. I have worked hard for decades, from humble beginnings to now, when I have such status. I really want to do something for the country and the people, for Hong Kong. But I can't say anything sincere, because it will not just hurt me, but also my family. My wife always told me to be careful. She asked, 'Can you just not speak at all?'"

Chan suggested that some panel discussions should not allow reporters to be present so that he could communicate with fellow CPPCC members freely. Normally, Chinese reporters are allowed to attend any CPPCC panel and listen to all members' presentations.

The kung fu movie superstar has always made headlines. Recently, the word "duang," an onomatopoeia Chan used in a commercial, became an instant buzzword mocked by millions of Internet users. Chinese media also reported last year that Chan "intimately" hugged singer Song Zuying, and that this year, he "stayed away from her."

"'Duang' can make headlines for weeks, hugging Song Zuying can make headlines…oh well," Chan complained, looking at the smiling Song, who was also present at the panel. "Now I can't say anything sincere, because I may regret it for 10 years, or even for a lifetime. The media can report and twist a word from you, [and it follows you] to the end of your life, even in your afterlife. Even sometimes when you tell white lies, reporters can still twist them..."

Whether Jackie Chan has any proposals for the CPPCC annual session is still not known. But tabloid reports keep on haunting him, including reports that he regretted a promise that he once made in 2011 to donate all his fortune to charities after his death. Instead, media reported that he now wants to leave the whole of his fortune to his son Jaycee Chan, who was thrown into prison in Beijing last year for using drugs. A story about Jaycee Chan reportedly complaining while in jail that his father had been too busy to care about him caused another round of debate and frenzy online.

Jackie Chan refused to answer questions from reporters at the CPPCC about the truth of either story and said he had said everything in a statement online. Chan actually made a statement on a TV variety show recently, in which he said, "What I have said, I recognize it, I will not regret it. Ten years ago, I gave half of my fortune to my foundation. What I intend to do now is to leave my business to Jaycee. It is my current work, and it is the responsible thing to do."


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