“Most Fashionable Homeless Person in History” Amuses Chinese

Photos of an elderly Chinese man with an ecclectic sense of fashion that has gone viral on the Chinese internet, allegedly homeless.


This is currently the top trending #hashtag# on popular Chinese microblogging platform Sina Weibo…

From Sina Weibo:

#History’s Most Fashionable Homeless Man#

Intro: Luoyang city Guanlin, a homeless man, mixing and matching different style, spanning the international, instantly killing [figuratively, “putting to shame”] various fashions shows. He may be old but his heart isn’t old…








Comments from Sina Weibo:


He’s definitely not a homeless person. [汗] He may even be a bohemian university professor…


I have the same dress as him.


Many of the topics on Sina attract people’s eyes and ears but are meager in humanity. Shouldn’t the elderly person be safely enjoying his later years at home, yet why is he homeless? Has anyone looked deeply into why? This naked abnormal state of this society is disappointing.


A publicity stunt, no doubt, the poor old man. I wonder if this sudden gust of popularity will change his life for the better afterward. [失望]


Fashionable my ass… does no one feel sad? Does no one care about the elderly homeless person’s problems in life? An old man forced to wear a skirt…who doesn’t want to have a peaceful and dignified life!? Do you people have any conscience at all!? Can you all be even more shameless? When you [@郑在发生, the original poster] fucking sit in your office enjoying air conditioning adding text and editing pictures, calculating reshares and clicks, did you ever think about whether or not this person has food to eat? A place to sleep? Truly fucking speechless.


Is this really a beggar?


If this really is a homeless person, don’t you guys feel ashamed for not helping him but instead using this for amusement!?


I wonder what behind-the-scenes organization is using this poor old man to do a publicity stunt. For often doing such immoral things, may you be just like this when you are old. [拜拜]


What’s funny is mostly the mockery of society. Isn’t [the government] promoting the “Chinese Dream” these days? This old person doesn’t even have a single normal piece of clothing, so where is the Chinese Dream going to come from?


With regards to an elderly person advanced in age and suffering from mental illness, what we should be doing more is giving sympathy and respect, not treating him as a subject of entertainment/amusement. Using your imaginations to make fun of this without restraint only demonstrates humanity’s apathy and indifference… Let us extend a helping hand to help this old man. Let this old man whose age is over half a century also feel society’s warmth. This is what we should be doing.

Comments from Sina Weibo:


A bunch of morality cunts are again criticizing people for having fun at the expense of a homeless person blah blah blah, there truly are an endless amount of saints on Weibo. You guys criticize the original poster, but let me ask you guys, do you yourselves go forward to help the homeless people you come across? Do you give money? I bet you guys trip over yourselves avoiding them, hehe. Back when Brother Sharp was made famous, afterward everyone helped him, buying food and drink for him, helping him get back home. Is a homeless person becoming famous not a good thing? At least there will be people to help him! Can you morality cunts be more disgusting? I really want to slap you.


Please don’t use homeless and mentally handicapped people to entertain society. This is a society’s indifference and sorrow.


This…is not necessarily [a homeless person]. His clothes are so clean. It’s possible he’s just doing this for fun…


Everyone is doing nothing more than engaging in good-humored jest. There is no malice, no mockery/ridiculous. For the old man to live in this kind of environment and still have such style refusing to succumb to stocks and chains is an ability people admire. Now that it is on Weibo, there will inevitably be kind-hearted people who recognize him and give some help to the old man. A bunch of people with the heart of saints everyday saying people should do this and shouldn’t do that, do your hearts bleed all the time?..


What business is it of yours what other people wear?


The old grandpa has a straight back, elegant poise, and is photogenic, not the least bit like an ordinary homeless person. [害羞]


I don’t think he’s a homeless person. His skirt and shoes are both new. [挖鼻屎]


Were it not forced by life, who would be willing to wander the streets destitute as a homeless person? If you’re not going to help, then don’t help, but there is no need to use him for laughs.


How come I feel this is a publicity stunt? [哼] Look at his skin, look at how upright and healthy he is, not the least bit like a homeless person who has suffered outdoors. [挖鼻屎]


Old and doesn’t have it easy. Very pitiful. I look down on those making fun of him.


Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.


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