Crazy Social Media Happenings in Asia

Jan 1, 2019 | Asia, Pop, Trending

West or east? Wealthy or not? A quick snapshot of two of the craziest happenings on Asian social media

Social media has always been the logical repository of loony-ness on the Internet, but things have gotten pretty wild these past few years. Two ‘events’ on the Web have been shaking sensibilities, and these two are really bringing realities into perspective for everyone.

East meets West

One of these events is a YouTube video by German model Mario Adrion and Asian pick-up artist Shaun, who dared each other to get as many telephone numbers as they could from passing women.

Surprisingly, the tall, svelte German model didn’t get as many numbers as he had hoped, and only got an Instagram follow from all his efforts. Shaun on the other hand, got two numbers from all his efforts.

What made the South Korean pick-up artist different from the more straightforward German model was the fact that he showed some vulnerability to the women, which we assume made him look less harmful (or, okay, harmless). Could the German guy’s height be a deciding factor? He was pretty tall, and most of the women in the video were Asians. 

 Falling stars?

There was dabbing, owling, planking… Then falling stars. Falling stars is a Chinese social media craze where rich kids from the Mainland flaunted their wealth by lying face down on the ground, usually as if they were gunned down while disembarking from their luxury cars, and dropping an unusual number of luxury items on the ground in the process. Stuff that ‘fall’ along with the owners include: whole boxes of Mac makeup and other expensive makeup brands, cell phones, wallets, cash, credit cards, expensive designer bags, etc.

Instagram accounts like Mrs.D that already routinely post obscene amounts of expensive goods like Louis Vuitton bags, purses, makeup and shoes have become part of the craze, too. Less overt rich folks like Lunar Meow fell over, but with fewer luxury items – perhaps to make their “falling stars” shots look more believable, and less of a rendition of a full-spread magazine advertisement for luxury bags and makeup.

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