If you happen to’re conscious of “Pangzai” or “Hebei Pangzai” in any respect, it’s in all probability because the man with the unbelievable velocity beer-chugging skills using a “tornado” model. The video beneath, of him chugging a large jar containing beer, some kind of flaming liquor, and an egg, all whereas smoking a cigarette, went viral a while final 12 months, for apparent causes.
Pangzai — which apparently translates as “Chubby Dude,” or is “a kind of cute pun on Pangzi, or fatty — is a farmer in his early 30s named Liu Shichao who hails from Xingtai within the Hebei province. The movies had been initially posted on the Chinese language video app Kuaishou and Pangzai had no thought he’d gone viral on Twitter.
Pangzai gave an interview to Deadspin’s Lauren Teixeira final November, who wrote:
Kuaishou movies have a tendency towards the agricultural and the outrageous: a typical viral Kuaishou video may characteristic a man taking part in two trumpets by his nostrils, or a person leaping right into a frozen pond in his underwear. On this sense, Lius movies is perhaps thought-about the apotheosis of Kuaishou content material. They’re stuffed with eye-popping stunts, depict acts dangerous to the customers private security, and are with out exception set to loud Chinese language pop music.
A New Zealand comedian claims it was truly he who invented the “tornado chugging style” and never Pangzai, however that’s actually neither right here nor there and Pangzai is without doubt one of the web’s foremost kings regardless.
I’ve been following Pangzai since he discovered to make use of a VPN to run the Twitter account @HebeiPangzai, a mixture of Herculean chugging stunts, chopping bricks in half together with his naked palms, and nice slices of Liu’s pastoral life. A straight shooter whose updates are persistently uplifting and good-natured, Pangzai has been a constant supply of pleasure in a sea of shit. His internet presence is a short achievement of the web’s early promise to attach distant cultures and promote empathy. Plus he’s actually good at chugging booze.
At present, I simply occurred to be scrolling by my timeline after I noticed that HebeiPangzai had begun a reside video. I jumped on as shortly as I might and it wasn’t the same old Pangzai, even when he did chug a beer in it.
Within the video, a clearly unhappy and apparently crying Pangzai provided a farewell to his followers (by a translating app) and a few have speculated that this was a part of a Chinese language authorities crackdown (all of which is concept, it may very well be a publicity stunt, a platform change, or only a man coping with a hangover).
“I’m talking to you now maybe the next day I will be in jail.”
“There’s no one in my family who likes me.”
“You can’t help me, you can’t help me, I’m talking to you and I’m already committing a crime.”
“I hope I can take care of my fish picture.”
I assume “fish picture” was a mistranslation of “fish tank” or “aquarium,” as Pangzai sometimes movies himself tending to some fish on his farm.
In any case, Pangzai appeared very depressed and for some time I used to be apprehensive we is perhaps watching his reside suicide word. Fortunately it didn’t finish in self-harm or cops breaking down the door. For what it’s value, he merely signed off and directed followers to his YouTube account.
It’s arduous to know whether or not Pangzai’s notoriety within the US endangers him in China, rising the probability that he’ll be used as a political pawn in a feud with a rustic that Donald Trump was demonizing even earlier than he began attempting guilty them for COVID. (Is it dangerous to write down about him, or does his fame shield him?)
Once more, it’s all hypothesis at this level, we don’t know if Liu is basically at risk of going to jail or simply having a depressive episode. I hope it’s the latter, and that followers like me can bid him a hearty “chug on, chubby king” for a few years to return.
UPDATE: After this text was printed, Pangzai popped again up on Twitter to say he was simply drunk.
Assuming that is actually Pangzai, after all. However hey, who hasn’t gotten a little bit emotional after velocity chugging 5 or 10 drinks? We’re simply glad to know he’s alright. Keep thirsty, king.