Meeting Bro Orange.
March 19, 2015 12:55 PM   Subscribe

How Matt Stopera became a minor Chinese celebrity. A romance for the spring festival. Single link buzzfeed, but worth it.
posted by idiopath (19 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
"Nen river orgy of small indigenous"
posted by jferg at 1:14 PM on March 19, 2015

This is the greatest thing.
posted by naju at 1:22 PM on March 19, 2015 [2 favorites]

Can anyone explain what the appeal of this story is to Chinese people? Sure, it's a neat story but I'm not sure I understand why it's so viral in China.
posted by GuyZero at 1:26 PM on March 19, 2015

I think it's a message in a bottle type thing. The idea that they could be connected across such a great distance by chance (fate?) and technology.
posted by idiopath at 1:28 PM on March 19, 2015

Damn, this is one of the most unexpectedly heartwarming and delightful things I've ever seen. The photos at the end seriously made me tear up! I'm so excited to hear about their continuing adventures... maybe they can fight crime together?

Bonus: Mr. Stopera is wearing a Twiztid t-shirt in his Twitter bio photo, which means that although he's a complete stranger to me, he is absolutely a friend of mine. MMFCL!

Thanks for posting this, idiopath.

posted by divined by radio at 1:29 PM on March 19, 2015 [4 favorites]

This is great. I love that they made a sign that says "Welcome Matt," but it would be better if they made a welcome mat.
posted by adamrice at 1:41 PM on March 19, 2015 [2 favorites]

So Bro Orange was given the phone and didn't know it was stolen?
posted by harrietthespy at 1:47 PM on March 19, 2015

It's kind of neat to see how it's apparently very romantic.
posted by the uncomplicated soups of my childhood at 1:48 PM on March 19, 2015

Just wait until he discovers the Amsterdam city hall is named after him!
posted by MartinWisse at 1:59 PM on March 19, 2015

"HA," says the rubber duckie t-shirt.

"HA," says the other rubber duckie t-shirt.

Whoever made these t-shirts needs their own fashion line.
posted by ostro at 2:05 PM on March 19, 2015 [2 favorites]

So Bro Orange was given the phone and didn't know it was stolen?

Or bought it; my assumption was "a lot of stolen phones make their way to China" implied "to be wiped and sold on the cheap".
posted by Itaxpica at 2:53 PM on March 19, 2015

This is pretty amazing.

And then he was encased in the wicker orange tree...
posted by kmz at 3:01 PM on March 19, 2015 [3 favorites]

There are times when I love living in the 21st century.
This is one of those times.
posted by Floydd at 4:05 PM on March 19, 2015

Chinese Web users hailed the special friendship between the two. As one netizen put it: "The distance between them, international borders and even language will not pose an obstacle to their bromance."
posted by strangely stunted trees at 5:43 PM on March 19, 2015 [1 favorite]

I want one of those side-eye shiba emojis.
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 1:40 AM on March 20, 2015 [3 favorites]

This is the most amazing thing I have read all week. Everything, from the subject matter to the style of the article, is like some horrible future that is already occurring. I can only imagine that the rise of bizarre China-originated memes is only beginning and that we will all increasingly communicate about them using pictographs and emojis to express ourselves.
posted by Mid at 10:10 AM on March 20, 2015 [1 favorite]

everything about this is delightful and i am delighted
posted by poffin boffin at 2:31 PM on April 1, 2015 [2 favorites]

Followup! Much more detail about his trip to China to meet Brother Orange.
posted by moonmilk at 6:55 AM on April 2, 2015 [1 favorite]

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