In the latest ironic twist in the life and times of Jackie Chan, the Hollywood superstar has been named Singapore’s first celebrity anti-drug ambassador – just months after his bad-boy son Jaycee finished serving a 6 month jail term for drug offences.
Channel News Asia has reported on Chan’s appointment, which was unveiled during a ceremony on Thursday.
Chan didn’t shy away from his own family’s encounter with drugs, having earlier admitted to being ‘angry’ and ‘ashamed’ after his son’s arrest, he now laments Jaycee’s refusal to take responsibility for his crime, revealing that he ‘just holes up in his room’.
Chan was also on hand to launch ‘Aversion’ – Singapore’s latest anti-drug measure – a mobile phone game where users aim to avoid contact with drugs and learn the harm that different drugs can cause.
This is not the first time Chan has traded in on his celebrity status, having clamoured for tougher law enforcement in China in 2013. In fact, Chan is becoming known for his tough love stance, after joking that his son should return to jail every year to be taught a lesson, he has now voiced his support for the death penalty in drug trafficking cases.
By Liam Bourke