Linsanity is making a comeback. Or it never went away, depending on who, or rather where, you’re asking.
Jeremy Lin is easily among the NBA’s most popular players among international fans, especially in China and Taiwan, and his celebrity landed him a cameo in Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou’s latest music video. The song’s title translates to “Turkish Ice Cream,” and that’s about as normal as the video gets.
Lin’s appearances are no exception. Take a look:
Lin, now with the Brooklyn Nets, is the first American of Chinese or Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA and has often expressed pride in his heritage since breaking out as a star in 2012, when Linsanity took off in America and abroad. While his popularly has tempered somewhat in the states, it hasn’t waned on the other side of the globe.
“When we went to China … I’ve never seen anything like that. It was literally the most unbelievable thing I’ve ever seen,” Charlotte’s Marvin Williams, a then-teammate of Lin’s, said ahead of the 2015-16 season (via NBA.com). “When we landed and the door opened, there were instantly people rushing onto the place with cameras trying to find him. It was crazy.”
That regional super-stardom is likely the reason for Chou’s choice to feature Lin. He also seems to have a knack for these roles, including earlier this summer when he starred in a bizarre, anime edition of “Space Jam.”
And he seems comfortable taking advantage of YouTube’s ability to reach a global audience, having released a number of videos over the years on his own channel. Those range from the serious …
… to the humorous.
Regardless of the tone, and whether they come directly from Lin or not, they have always been entertaining. Keep ’em coming, Lin.