Jackie Chan and Other Hong Kong Celebrities Vow to Protect Chinese Flag
Jackie Chan has aligned himself to be among the patriotic Chinese who declared themselves “flag bearers,” soon after news emerged that protesters in Hong Kong threw the Chinese national flag into the sea.
China’s state-owned news outlet CCTV condemned the act and posted a call on social media, proclaiming that “China’s national flag has 1.4 billion flag bearers.” The post then urged social media users to share the post and affirm “I am a flag bearer,” reports Shanghaiist.
The 65-year-old Hong Kong-born actor shared the post on Tuesday, declaring himself among the “flag bearers.”
It has since been shared by Weibo users nearly 10 million times, among them numerous Hong Kong celebrities, including actor Jordan Chan, rapper Jackson Wang and actor Hawick Lau. Mainland stars such as Luhan, Kris Wu, Jane Zhang and Angelababy also shared the post.
While celebrated by pro-Beijing social media users, the stars’ apparent love for China’s national flag has been mocked by some dissidents online.
Cartoonist Badiucao posted an image on Twitter asking which they would save first: the flag or their lover from drowning in the sea?