Earlier this month, action-movie star Chow Yun-fat (Crouching Tiger: Hidden Dragon, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End) spoke out against Chinese police officers using excessive force on students protesting for democracy and against the communist government. He praised the courage and honor of the students and lambasted the country's attempt to silence them with unnecessary force like physical violence and tear gas.
In the Hong-Kong-based tabloid-style newspaper, Apple Daily, Chow had stated:
When the government uses violent measures on students, it’s a turn-off for the people of Hong Kong...I don’t wish to see anyone getting hurt… it was a peaceful demonstration, and there was no need for any violence or tear gas.
It turns out that the Chinese government did not approve of his statements. As of right now, Chow is banned from mainland China and officially blacklisted by the country's government. This was first reported by Shanghaiist, the international version of the Gothamist blog.
The story is spreading quickly on Reddit and has recently been covered by the Epoch Times. Many are upset with the Chinese government for blacklisting Chow, who is known for his charity work and sincerity.
Shanghaiist also reported that Chow has responded to the ban by saying:
I'll just make less then
It is clear that he is unfazed by the ban, having already secured a lucrative fortune from the countless number of Chinese films he starred in.