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This Kid Carried A Michael Jordan Cardboard Cutout Around Everywhere For A Month

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The 20-year-old student from Long Island, New York, was so in love with Michael Jordan that she carried around a life-sized cardboard cutout of the basketball player with her everywhere for a month.


Liao told BuzzFeed News she was reminded of her phase in third grade after her mom texted her about it.

Twitter: @ireneliiao

She then decided to tweet the photos her mom sent her, which have since been retweeted more than 24,000 times.

“I saw a bunch of Michael Jordan commercials and watched him play basketball and, like, fell in love with him,” Liao said.

Irene Liao

She acquired the cutout while walking around a mall in Taipei, Taiwan, where she lived from third to sixth grade.

“I think I walked into a Nike store, saw the cardboard cutout of him, asked one of the people that worked there how much he would be, and dragged the cutout out of the store,” she said.

Irene Liao

Liao added that she is “pretty sure” she handed the worker about $6 for the cutout.


Liao said she would fold the cutout in half so that she could transport him to different places, such as piano lessons with her grandpa.

Irene Liao

“I’m pretty sure my mom still has a recording of the piano song i wrote for MJ to serenade him,” Liao said.

“By the end of the month, he was a little scuffed and ripped,” Liao said. “And my parents were like, ‘OK, this is ridiculous, we are going to throw him out and get you a poster.’”

Irene Liao

Her gym teacher had also spoken to her parents, saying that the cardboard MJ was distracting the other kids, Liao said.

“I went to the Nike store a week later, but they didn’t have any more MJ cutouts,” she said. “They had some other basketball player, but I didn’t want them."

Kassy Cho is a reporter with BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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