Hong Kong lawmaker Claudia Mo describes movie star Jackie Chan as a "wiper of shoes" after he said Hong Kong had become overwhelmed with protests. Chan said last month that Hong Kong’s citizens “curse China, scold the leaders, scold anything, protest against anything.” In comments reported by The Guardian newspaper, Chan said he thought there should be "regulations" on what people were allowed to protest about. Mo, a journalist and Legislative Council member for Hong Kong's Civic Party, explains why:
"He shoots his mouth off the whole time. It's really too funny. Here in Hong Kong, everybody calls him the 'shoe-wiper.' He is constantly saying this is no good, and that won't do, and that we must all do as we are told, that everyone must maintain stability, and that if China does well, then so will Hong Kong, and if Hong Kong flourishes, so will China. This really annoys people to hear. Young people on the Internet love to take the mickey out of him, spoofing up photos of him and so on."
"From the point of view of mainland Chinese, Hong Kong has enjoyed freedom for far too long, and we are loud-mouthed and noisy about stuff, so they are probably gloating a bit, because they think Hong Kong is getting too self-righteous, and should be put in its place."
Reported by Xin Lin for RFA's Mandarin service. Translated by Luisetta Mudie.