Lisa Li: Angry landlord exposes online Celebrity’s’double life
A social networking influencer in China has been subjected to living a”double life” after her landlord disclosed her dirty living conditions. Her life contrasted with the glamorous picture she presented online.
The footage went viral, revealing the flat of Lisa Li – a blogger with 1.1 million followers – littered with crap, mouldy food, and dog excrement.
Since the footage was printed, Ms Li has apologised.
Why was Ms Li famous?
Lisa Li is known in China as a “wang hong”, or “online celebrity”, on the popular Sina Weibo microblog.
Her accounts, such as that of many young Chinese influencers, is a glossy catalogue of travelling adventures, parties and fine-dining experiences.
But because her landlord gave the press a tour of her apartment in the northern city of Xi’an, she’s been famous for different reasons.
What did her landlord do?
After Lisa Li ignored quite a few phone calls, countless customers watched her landlord. Named by the press as Ms Chen, give a guided tour of her filthy apartment.
Ms Chen told Pear Video that even professional cleaners had refused to wash out the area. They were adding that her tenant spent tens of thousands of yuan in unpaid utility bills.
Ms Chen said that she had no option but to contact the police about the damage to her house and the outstanding utilities.
But she especially got social media attention for showing her renter’s Weibo page to the socket, stating: “This is an internet influencer with one million followers.”
She advised Pear Video in an intense interview that the”beautiful woman” being exhibited online contrasted with the”disgusting” lady who left her flat in a mess.
How did Ms Li respond?
After tens of thousands of people watched the footage within Ms Li’s flat, she suddenly resurfaced.
And instead of stating on social networking, Ms Li met with her landlord to apologise in person.
“Entire responsibility lies with me on this particular incident,” she told Ms Chen. They were filmed shaking hands.
She explained her absence to a popular news website. The Paper as being the result of a tight schedule, stating that she went to the hospital last week, and then went on a business trip.
She stated that she had recently received a high number of messages on mobile WeChat, and had missed her landlord’s.
“I will clean now… I will even clean immediately,” she told The Paper.
How have Ms Li’s fans responded?
Footage of Ms Li sweeping dog poo to a dustpan has shocked her lovers and contributed to a significant quantity of mockery online.
Over 60,000 users have commented on her webpage, many saying they were unfollowing her and calling her”fake”.
Many have also questioned her sincerity in her interviews with mainstream media. Users noted she’s changed her social media handle and eliminated several earlier posts.
Is this the first time this kind of thing has happened?
China is on an enormous drive to push for celebrities to be”socially responsible”.
It much frowns on influencers not setting a great example to young followers. It has a history of earning examples of such individuals and arguing that stars will need to be good role models and maintain a healthy online culture.
In July, a Chinese vlogger became the subject of widespread mockery. After a technical glitch during a live-stream revealed her to be a middle-aged girl and not the young girl she had introduced herself to be.
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Some”badly behaved” influencers have received brief jail terms. In October 2018, Yang Kaili, a live-streaming celebrity with tens of millions of followers, was detained for five days for “insulting” the country’s national anthem.
The live-streaming system she used, Huya, took her down the movie and banned her channel, stating: “Live-streaming platforms aren’t above the law – the law and ethical standards similarly apply there.”