Instead, I think we can learn two pretty interesting things from the beginning of the end of Jackie Chan’s Western career. (By the way, I in no way think his career is over. If he and Mel Gibson come hat in hand to Hollywood needing funding for a movie that they want to make together about Mao Tse-Tung, my guess is that they still get it.)
1. How incredibly bad is our current entertainment coverage?
The first Rush Hour came out over a decade ago, and, up until now, no one ever bothered to ask Jackie whether he was a fascist or not? How did Perez Hilton miss this? Where was TMZ with the footage of Jackie attending book burnings? Must all of our important news come from leaked porn videos?
2. How incredibly arrogant are Americans?
Propaganda for freedom is still propaganda. As Americans, we’ve been conditioned to just assume that any sane person that isn’t being tortured to say otherwise would be completely insane to support a non-free society. For over a decade, most of us took it for granted that all the cash Jackie was pulling down here in the States ensured his eternal worship of democratic societies. We make that mistake a lot. Americans have almost no ability to understand that some people in the world could possibly be motivated by something besides money.
So, as you watch the news channels bust on Jackie for the next few days, try to remember that he has a right to be a fascist here in America – which is why we are, supposedly, properly, different.