Hong Kong actor Joseph Lee (李国麟) has made a name for himself with his stellar performance in TV show roles. While his acting skills are a marvel, apparently, his advertising skills left much to be desired.
The 67-year-old actor has been staying in China since April this year for work. Aside from his usual acting gigs, Joseph has also attempted live selling. Unfortunately for him, things didn’t turn out so well.
On 9th December, Joseph did a live broadcast to sell items. His stream apparently lasted over 8 hours and had over 1,000 viewers. Regretfully, he barely managed to sell anything. Viewers even estimated that he made less than 200 yuan (~RM132) and have deemed him as “the most miserable star with goods”.
Joseph did his best to promote the 10 products he was supposed to sell. However, none of them caught his audience’s eyes. His female assistant even pointedly said, “Brother Lee, it is 400 yuan cheaper, you have lost money!” Apparently, the price had dropped from 999 yuan to 599 yuan. However, the actor also tried dropping it lower. “I called the boss and the manufacturer and I subsidised 200 yuan each,” he claimed. “Let’s place an order!” Unfortunately, it still wasn’t enough for his viewers.
Streaming for 8 hours straight is exhausting and it definitely took a toll on the 67-year-old actor. He was visibly tired and he eyes were red. Some netizens joked about the length of his stream. “I slept for a while, (but) five hours later, it’s still broadcasting!” one said. Others suggested he return the goods since he was having difficulty selling them, saying, “Why don’t you take it back (to the retailers)?” Many found the scene pitiful and sad.
The veteran actor has roughly 46 years of acting experience, but selling goods apparently requires a different skillset. However, we’re sure he did his best! Hopefully, he’ll have better luck next time.