chucked China’s national flag into the sea, millions of Chinese patriots have proudly declared themselves “flag bearers,” including, of course, Jackie Chan.fter protesters in Hong Kong recently
In response to the flag’s soggy desecration, CCTV, China’s state broadcaster, sent out a post on Weibo this week proclaiming that “China’s national flag has 1.4 billion flag bearers” and encouraging netizens to share the post and affirm “I am a flag bearer.”
At this time, the post has nearly 10 million shares. One of those is Hong Kong-born superstar Jackie Chan who declared himself a “flag bearer” on Tuesday.
A number of other Hong Kong celebs have followed suit, including actor Jordan Chan, rapper Jackson Wang, and actor Hawick Lau, along with many stars from the mainland like Luhan, Kris Wu, Jane Zhang, and Angelababy (who moved to Hong Kong when she was 13).
On Twitter, dissident cartoonist Badiucao has mocked their love for China’s national flag with image asking if they would first save the flag or their lover from drowning in the sea.
For Jackie Chen and all other China‘s patriots，which side would u save when the national flag and your lover are both drowning in the sea?
送给成龙大哥和各位护旗手的画#FreeHongKong #antiELAB pic.twitter.com/bAOdNGH6wp
— 巴丢草 Badiucao (@badiucao) August 8, 2019
Jackie Chan has long received criticism in Hong Kong for his pro-Beijing views. The actor has never been shy to sing out China’s praises, literally doing so at two straight CCTV Spring Festival Galas. In May, he was one of 200 of the city’s elite who joined in to sing the Chinese national anthem in a “flash mob” propaganda video.
While touring Taiwan to promote his new album the following month, Chan was asked for his feelings regarding the anti-extradition protests which had started to kick off that week in Hong Kong and were making headlines around the globe.
“I only found out yesterday there was a big march in Hong Kong. I don’t know anything about it,” he replied.