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    I am writing in regards to this year’s decision of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Pictures to present an Honorary Oscar award to Jackie Chan.
    Having served on one of China’s top political advisory committee, Jackie Chan has considerable influence regarding the government’s policy of censorship of films as well as other artistic endeavors. Unfortunately, Mr. Chan has defended the Regime’s censorship of films, thereby diminishing the basic human rights and civil liberties of its citizens.
    For instance, Mr. Chan had said, “I am not sure if it is good to have freedom.” He further said, “We Chinese need to be controlled. If we are not being controlled, we’ll just do what we want.”
    Regarding the right to protest by the citizens in Hong Kong, Mr. Chan declared, “The authorities should stipulate what issues people can protest over and what issues are not allowed.”
    Such statements and actions should make him ineligible as an honoree of this prestigious award
    One may argue that the decision to give this award should be based solely on Mr. Chan’s past work in kung fu films; however, would the Academy have honored Leni Riefenstahl, one of Nazi Germany’s top propagandists, solely for her innovative filming technique, creative documentary production and directorship without taking into account of her subject matter?
    Jackie Chan may still redeem himself by using his unique position to promote the human rights of his fellow Chinese people. As a native son of Hong Kong, where he gained fame and fortune, he could start by encouraging the government of China to release Gui Minhai, a Hong Kong bookseller who was kidnapped and brought to China last year, along with four other Hong Kong booksellers, and was later paraded on television “confessing” to their “crime”.
    To honor Jackie Chan at this time would be a slap in the face to all freedom loving Chinese people who value civil liberties; it is not only an endorsement of Mr. Chan’s outrageous statements but also the legitimization of the regime’s suppression of freedom of expression.
    Therefore, I respectfully urge the Board to reconsider its decision to honor Jackie Chan.
    Ann Lau
    https://www.change.org/p/no-oscar-for-jackie-chan-nooscar4jackie

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    Jose Manuel Garcia
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    They rewarded Mr. Roman Polanski.
    Oscars should not be about politics but arts.

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    pacinofan
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    Not sure #NoOscar4Jackie works as a hashtag in a year when the film “Jackie” is likely to win at least best actress, if not more. Seems confusing.

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    It’s a shame because Jackie is actually a really good actor. He’s like the Robert De Niro of China. And he should’ve been nominated for The Karate Kid remake. That scene of him in the car was outstanding!

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    GusCruz
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    This is slightly off-topic, but for those who have never heard about this movie, please watch it ASAP: http://m.imdb.com/title/tt3682770/ The American title is “A Tale of Three Cities”, and its an epic about Chan’s parents. It’s REALLY good.

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    I found this thread to be quite thought provoking.

    For many years, I have read GoldDerby posters who annually and strongly advocated that Mia Farrow richly deserved the Jean Hersholt honorary Oscar for humanitarian efforts.

    Mia Farrow has lived a life of great commitment to the world’s children. Personally, she has opened her home and with her various lovers and husbands raised 14 children. Some are her biological children. Some are adopted. Some are refugees. Some are children of color. Some are disabled. All surviving children are now grown and reportedly independent.

    As an advocate for the world’s children, Mia Farrow has traveled extensively as an ambassador for UNICEF. She has brought media attention to focus on the most desperate circumstances.

    Yet, she has not been recognized by the Academy. Farrow is far too outspoken to receive support from the insular world of AMPAS. Look at the controversy she raised in 2007 when Oscar winning director Steven Spielberg was serving as an official consultant to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

    Farrow opposed the games in China because of its “atrocious” human rights record, in particular the genocide in Darfur. She called out Spielberg by name, “That so many corporate sponsors want the world to look away from that atrocity is bad enough,” she wrote, “but equally disappointing is the decision of artists like director Steven Spielberg — who quietly visited China this month as he prepares to help stage the Olympic ceremonies — to sanitize Beijing’s image.”

    Farrow’s righteous indignation didn’t stop there. Her most controversial statement of that particular incident must be, “Does Mr. Spielberg really want to go down in history as the Leni Riefenstahl of the Beijing Games?”

    Farrow is clearly a brilliant actress but has never been nominated for an acting Oscar. Farrow is a remarkably articulate advocate for the most neediest children of the world who are ignored by the media and subsequently society. Unlike previous UNICEF ambassadors Angelina Jolie and Audrey Hepburn who dedicated years of their lives to children and were honored with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, Farrow is simply too intense in her advocacy for nicely attired millionaires at a lovely dinner in Los Angeles.

    Now the decision to honor Jackie Chan who openly supports the repression of artists in China shines a hot spotlight on the AMPAS Board of Governors. In 1998, the Board awarded a controversial honorary Oscar to Elia Kazan who aided the House Committee for Un-American Activities during testimony in 1952 by naming eight actors who had been members with him in the Communist Party in the Group Theater. A vocal group of Hollywood insiders publicly protested the honorary award, and many refused to clap when Kazan’s name was called.

    Sadly the opportunity to reward and celebrate artistic achievement is clouded by a neo-conservative agenda that permits a select body to recognize the efforts of those who engage in artistic repression.

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    babypook
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    “..writing in regards to this year’s decision of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Pictures to present an Honorary Oscar award to Jackie Chan.
    Having served on one of China’s top political advisory committee, Jackie Chan has considerable influence regarding the government’s policy of censorship of films as well as other artistic endeavors. Unfortunately, Mr. Chan has defended the Regime’s censorship of films, thereby diminishing the basic human rights and civil liberties of its citizens.
    For instance, Mr. Chan had said, “I am not sure if it is good to have freedom.” He further said, “We Chinese need to be controlled. If we are not being controlled, we’ll just do what we want.”
    Regarding the right to protest by the citizens in Hong Kong, Mr. Chan declared, “The authorities should stipulate what issues people can protest over and what issues are not allowed.”
    Such statements and actions should make him ineligible as an honoree of this prestigious award
    One may argue that the decision to give this award should be based solely on Mr. Chan’s past work in kung fu films; however, would the Academy have honored Leni Riefenstahl, one of Nazi Germany’s top propagandists, solely for her innovative filming technique, creative documentary production and directorship without taking into account of her subject matter?
    Jackie Chan may still redeem himself by using his unique position to promote the human rights of his fellow Chinese people. As a native son of Hong Kong, where he gained fame and fortune, he could start by encouraging the government of China to release Gui Minhai, a Hong Kong bookseller who was kidnapped and brought to China last year, along with four other Hong Kong booksellers, and was later paraded on television “confessing” to their “crime”.
    To honor Jackie Chan at this time would be a slap in the face to all freedom loving Chinese people who value civil liberties; it is not only an endorsement of Mr. Chan’s outrageous statements but also the legitimization of the regime’s suppression of freedom of expression.
    Therefore, I respectfully urge the Board to reconsider its decision to honor Jackie Chan.
    Ann Lau
    https://www.change.org/p/no-oscar-for-jackie-chan-nooscar4jackie

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    Well I’m happy to see posts in this thread! Yay!

    I am not a fan of the Chinese government, and haven’t been for a long while, but I have some mixed feelings about this (yes I know, !).

    I fight the same type of stuff right here, only nobody says the things outright the way Jackie apparently has. At least, he “knows”. There are few things more devastating to an objective than not knowing that you “don’t know”.

    I hope your efforts pay off. If you’re on facebook, I’ll write to them.

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    Thank you for your support. May I ask if you would like to sign the Change.org petition to the Governors of the Academy below?
    https://www.change.org/p/no-oscar-for-jackie-chan-nooscar4jackie
    You can find us at http://www.visual-artists-guild.org orhttps://www.facebook.com/visualartists.guild

     

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    AnnLau
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    Mia Farrow certainly deserves to be recognized.  As a matter of fact, Visual Artists Guild, the organization I belong to, honored Mia Farrow in 2008 and presented her with our Champion for Freedom of Speech award.

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    Alex Meyer
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    Unfortunately, with the Governors Awards scheduled for this Saturday, I don’t think Chan’s award will be revoked.

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    Denis
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    It’s a shame because Jackie is actually a really good actor. He’s like the Robert De Niro of China. And he should’ve been nominated for The Karate Kid remake. That scene of him in the car was outstanding!

    I haven’t watched this film, but after your comment , I went and googled the clip of that one scene and oh my, he was astounding, should I watch that movie? haha

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    babypook
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    Done AnnLau. I signed.

    I’ll say that although I don’t agree with Jackie, if democracy is the goal then he has every right to say what he wants to say, and/or parrot what his bosses tell him to say. Double-edged sword sometimes, is democracy.
    Although, I can imagine how his fellow citizens feel towards him…the ones pushed off their land and with no compensation; the ones thrown in jail with no reasons given; the ones who “disappear” and/or are shot for say, having a Penthouse Magazine in their luggage.
    Sigh…..you get my drift…..

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    Report from Pasadena Weekly
    For the entire report please see
    http://www.pasadenaweekly.com/cms/story/detail/?id=16623
    The Hand That Feeds
    Activist calls for Academy to withdrawal honorary Oscar for pro-communist Jackie Chan
    By Kevin Uhrich11/10/2016

    Like it? Tweet it! SHARE IT!

    ………
    Reached for comment by the Pasadena Weekly, Lau explained her many issues with Chan, and criticized the academy’s board of governors, including Steven Spielberg, for honoring the actor.

    “I think it will bring shame to the academy. It’s not standing for what the academy is supposed to be,” Lau told PW. “You’re honoring someone who is totally the opposite of our American ideal. The ideal is to promote and standing up for the right of freedom of expression.

    “Steven Spielberg and the rest of the academy governors have to know that beyond making money and beyond reaching the Chinese audience he needs to be true to his own self and what he has done, and I feel that it’s very sad for the entire American film industry,” Lau continued. “There’s a big difference between making money and giving up your own core values. I think the academy has sold out its core values for a few pieces of silver.”

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