Chinese veteran actor Zhang Guoli 张国立 has been posting mostly about work in recent days. On May 1, he shared some snaps from the set with the caption, “Labor on Labor Day.” On May 2, he posted a night shot of the set with the caption, “It’s still evening, and I’ll still get scolded if I post this. But I can’t hate because I’m an old man still working happily.”
For those who are wondering why he’s talking about getting scolded, it’s because of the criticism he received due to a previous post. At around 4am on April 29, Zhang Guoli posted a picture of the night sky with the caption, “Finished work, can’t remember how many times I’ve worked the night shift.” While it would be normal to see comments sympathizing with a man working overtime or praising his work ethics, the opposite happened. Zhang Guoli was scolded by people pointedly asking, “Teacher, how much do you earn, I work late everyday.” Some disgruntled netizens griped about the entertainment industry saying that the salary actors get for a day’s work is multiple times higher than a farmer working for months and the work is less intense.
At the time of Zhang Guoli’s post, the industry was under intense scrutiny due to allegations over Zheng Shuang receiving exorbitant fees and evading taxes. Some felt that the timing of his post is the reason why some were triggered. Given Zhang Guoli’s response, it seems that he’s managed to take things in stride. At 66 years old, Zhang Guoli is a veteran actor with decades of experience. He currently appears in the family drama A Love for Dilemma. Many netizens also came to his defence, urging him not to mind the criticism and to be happy.