Chinese Man Complaining About Shower Door Becomes Internet Star For Being ‘Too Handsome’
A Chinese man complaining about his bathroom’s broken glass door on a consumer rights TV show became an overnight sensation for being “too handsome.”
Accidental heartthrob: Identified as Mr. Zhang, a 22-year-old live-streamer from Ningbo, got Chinese social media buzzing after his brief appearance on the regional TV channel Zhejiang Television, MailOnline reports.
Zhang went on the show “1818 Huangjinyan” to complain that his glass bathroom door shattered right after he had finished taking a shower on Sept. 8.
The incident left him with cuts on both of his arms that resulted in medical bills amounting to 8,000 yuan ($1,200).
His complaint aims to hold his apartment’s property management company accountable for his injuries.
His appearance did capture people’s attention, although most of it was due to his physical appearance.
A clip of the interview has racked up more than 50 million views on social media platform Weibo within 24 hours.
Overwhelmed by the attention: Zhang, who works for an online retail brand, said he only wanted his problems sorted out and did not expect to attract such national attention.
Most of the comments on the video were variations of expressions of admiration for Zhang’s looks.
“Once I saw Mr Zhang’s face, I couldn’t care any less about the news story,” one commenter wrote.
“I think it’s too much. I just wanted to protect my rights. I didn’t think this would happen,” he was quoted as saying.
The national attention may have helped Zhang’s cause. While the residential management office initially denied responsibility, it eventually agreed to pay for part of his medical bills.
Motive questioned: “1818 Huangjinyan,” which is backed by a company specializing in entertainment promotion, has been found to feature a number of similar online sensations in the past, reports Sixth Tone.
One user compiled the show’s most attractive guests and made a collage, titled “1818 Idol Groups.”
Some critics suspect that the show may be choosing its guests with an agenda beyond only presenting the news.
According to critics, the program may have been purposely featuring wannabe celebrities in a bid to make the videos viral and help them gain followers.
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