Move over Stephen Hawking, there’s a new social media heartthrob on the Chinese internet.
On Saturday, at 4:01 p.m., Leonardo DiCaprio joined Weibo, announcing his presence through a simple post: “Hello, China! I’m Leonardo.”
In two days, that post has received over 710,000 likes, 158,000 shares and 188,000 comments. Many of those comments came from DiCaprio’s adoring female fans:
“Welcome to Weibo! We are so excited that chinese fans can take a step closer to you, and know more things about you and your films. 🙈Hope we will have a good communication!” reads the top-rated comment on the post with over 122,000 likes.
But many other Weibo users spammed DiCaprio’s post with humorous memes and photos of the actor.
Some netizens were worried that they might actually scare Leo off if this continued:
“If you guys keep posting weird things, Leonardo will probably leave!!!”
“I’m afraid that his next post will be: Bye China!”
Which would be a shame, because in just two days, DiCaprio has already accumulated 1.2 million followers. Leo’s entrance to Weibo is the most impressive since Stephen Hawking joined the social media network in April, racking up 1 million followers in just 6 hours. Hawking is now up to over 4.2 million fans, who he helps to inspire and asks for mooncake recommendations in return.
It’s actually pretty surprising that DiCaprio didn’t already have a Weibo account. Ever since his starring role in Titanic, “Xiao Li” has been one of China’s favorite actors. When he finally won his first Oscar in February, Chinese social media erupted with glee.