A hugely popular Chinese salesman was taken offline during the middle of a show for a sales stunt with an Australian dessert — and he hasn’t been seen since

A hugely popular Chinese salesman was taken offline during the middle of a show for a sales stunt with an Australian dessert — and he hasn’t been seen since. 

Austin Li, also known as the ‘Lipstick King’ for selling 15,000 lipsticks in five minutes on a livestream, was hosting a sales event on the Taobao e-commerce site on June 3.

The marketer with millions of followers did a stunt involving a Viennetta, recently named Australia’s favourite nostalgic dessert, 40 years after its launch in 1982.

The sudden end to Li’s show came after his crew presented him with the cake that had chocolates added to it in a way that resembled a tank. 

The stunt, whether or not it was intentional, put his stellar sales career — he once sold $2.2 billion worth of goods in a single show — in jeopardy. 

Austin 'Lipstick King' Li, pictured getting his hair done for a show, has disappeared from the internet in China after a sales pitch took a wrong turn

Austin ‘Lipstick King’ Li, pictured getting his hair done for a show, has disappeared from the internet in China after a sales pitch took a wrong turn

With traffic building on his Taobao live stream, one of Li’s staff presented the Viennetta decorated with Oreo cookies, a Ferrero Rocher and a chocolate roll. 

The overall effect meant the simple treat now looked a little bit like a tank, and random tank images are not welcome in China in case they are a veiled reference to the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre.

On June 3, 1989 — Li’s show was on the 33rd anniversary — thousands of armed troops and hundreds of armoured military vehicles entered Beijing city centre.

The next day, soldiers shot at the protesters and ruthlessly crushed the uprising.Estimates of the death toll vary from several hundred to several thousand.

Li’s tank-shaped Vienetta triggered a sophisticated Chinese censorship system designed to block any reference to the massacre. 

The Chinese government is particularly sensitive to any use of the famous photo of a man standing in front of tanks on June 5, 1989 during the student-led protest.

The photo is banned in China, şişli escort as is anything that may even be alluding to it. 

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Chinese e-commerce star Austin Li (left) is pictured beside one of his staff presenting a Viennetta ice cream done up to look like a tank, or at least that's what Chinese censors thought it was

Chinese e-commerce star Austin Li (left) is pictured beside one of his staff presenting a Viennetta ice cream done up to look like a tank, or at least that’s what Chinese censors thought it was

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