Photographs of an elderly, gray-haired street performer dressed in a tattered Minnie Mouse costume in Chongqing have gone viral on Weibo, generating over 2 million comments from users who said they were touched by the story behind the images.
Zhang Shizhong, 68, told reporters that he wore the costume on the streets and allowed tourists take photos in order to earn some tips.
Netizen Tianxiadiyishenmao posted the photos, commenting, “He looks cute, but I feel sad.”
He said he took the photos last April, and hoped his post would bring some help from the public.
Zhang said he could earn 200 to 300 yuan for his job, but it wasn’t easy. Not long ago, he was forced by his children to quit the job because they feared he was “beat up”, but the children, construction workers, weren’t very well-off either, Zhang said.
[Images via: Chongqing Morning Post]