Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Angelina Jolie sparks controversy

Angelina Jolie's comment about Ang Lee has caused upset

Angelina Jolie inadvertently sparked controversy when she praised film director Ang Lee.

The Hollywood actress labelled the Brokeback Mountain and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon filmmaker Taiwanese, not Chinese, The Independent reported.

Asked at a press conference to name her favourite Chinese director, the Maleficent actress responded: "I am not sure if you consider Ang Lee Chinese, he's Taiwanese, but he does many Chinese-language films with many Chinese artists and actors, and I think his works and the actors in his films are the ones I am most familiar with and very fond of."

The director was born in Pingtung, in southern Taiwan.

Angelina's comment angered some Chinese, who were offended by the suggestion China and Taiwan are separate countries and called for a boycott of her films.

China has claimed sovereignty over Taiwan since the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949.

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