A film clip showing NBA star Jeremy Lin (林書豪) wearing a Hello Kitty mask to evade paparazzi has gone viral, with more than 360,000 hits on YouTube and thousands of “shares” on Facebook.
Less than 23 hours after posting the YouTube link on his Facebook page, Lin’s film clip had drawn more than 20,000 “likes” and had been shared more than 4,000 times.
“Thanks to all the fans for my unforgettable Asia trip!” Lin posted alongside the film.
The short film, directed by Peter Radovich of CBS, shows Lin donning a huge Hello Kitty head to sneak out of his hotel to an outdoor basketball court in Taipei on Aug. 29.
His efforts to squeeze into a car wearing the oversized Hello Kitty head are one of the highlights of the film.
As of yesterday evening, the YouTube video had garnered about 360,000 hits.
The 24-year-old point guard, along with Golden State Warriors power forward David Lee, managed to get away from the press to play with young basketball players in an impromptu session on an outdoor court in Eastern Taipei.
Lin, the first American-born NBA player of Taiwanese descent, spent about 30 minutes playing three-on-three with some young Taiwanese, while about 100 people looked on.
The Taipei trip was part of his one-month tour in Asia, during which he traveled to Taiwan, China and Hong Kong to promote the sport and attend evangelical events.
“It’s been a fun month. I’ll remember it for the rest of my life, and I’ll see you guys next year,” he said.