Jackie Chan draws flak for tweets on Manila hostage-taking


Posted at Aug 26 2010 06:26 PM | Updated as of Aug 27 2010 10:21 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Action star Jackie Chan's remarks about the recent hostage drama at the Quirino Grandstand may have been well-appreciated by Filipinos, but these apparently didn't sit well with some people from Hong Kong.

The action star, in his Twitter account, earlier asked the people of Hong Kong not to direct their anger at the Philippine government or to Filipinos who live in their country.

He said that the 11-hour standoff, which led to the death of hostage-taker Rolando Mendoza and 8 Hong Kong tourists, was also hard for the Filipino people, particularly the police.

"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? So sad," Chan tweeted.

Hong Kongers weren't very pleased with Chan's comments. Moments after, they set up Facebook groups to criticize the actor, such as "Jackie Chan doesn't represent Hong Kong" and "Jackie Chan doesn't represent me."

The Associated Press reported that in the said Facebook accounts, netizens from Hong Kong "drew a slew of sharply worded attacks" against the veteran action star.

"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," Iris Yau wrote.

Added user Violet Wing, "He just doesn't understand the pain of Hong Kong people."

For its part, the maker of the Facebook page said, "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 the 7 million people in Hong Kong."

Earlier, Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda thanked Chan for "extending his hand of friendship" to Filipinos.

"We hope our friends there (Hong Kong) will extend their hand of friendship to us...it's an unfortunate event," he said. With a report from the Associated Press