The Academy is planning to present an honorary Oscar to
Jackie Chan on November 12, 2016.
Please click the link below and sign the petition to oppose
giving such an honor to Jackie Chan.
The reason is as below:
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
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.
For information on Gui Minhai, please visit www.freeguiminhai.org