from the yup,-that-sounds-about-right dept
You know, at some point the kind of people that run online contests are going to have to blossom into the kind of people that know that 4chan exists. You see, the lively go-getters over at 4chan and Reddit really, really like messing with these kinds of contests, resulting in discomfort for some and hilarity for most. Serving as examples of this are the Time man of the year poll that resulted in a win for Kim Jong-Un, a Mountain Dew contest that resulted in more unfortunate names than I could shake a granny-orgasm-joke at, and a school for the deaf winning a live Taylor Swift concert. That the unintended results of these contests were then removed from consideration is unfortunate for anyone who likes this kind of thing, and that was typically only possible because there wasn't an adorably creepy face to put with these negations of contest results.
But that isn't the case with one Boston radio station's online contest for a meet-and-greet with oft-target-of-the-internet Taylor Swift. As you might have guessed, this contest too has been hijacked by 4chan and Reddit, all in the name of sending a 39 year old creepster on a mission to sniff Swift's dead-head-cells.
It all started with a post on the infamous imageboard 4chan asking its anonymous users to help Charles "crush the dreams of these girls and give him a chance to make a complete ass of himself by blatantly just sniffing her hair with cameras rolling."Reddit picked up on the fun shortly afterwards, vaulting Chaz (he looks like a guy in need of a sweet nickname) into first place, where he remains as of this writing. Now, while the radio station explicitly stated that they can deny winners if they deem their winning tactics unworthy, this time they'll risk the backlash of overweight creepy guys that want to sniff Swift's hair, a demographic that I'm sure is on the rise as of the past several years. More importantly, there is a single face in the story now. Charles' mug is featured on the website, as terrifyingly tousled and bearded as you would imagine, and a no to him is every bit as heart-tugging as a no to a 13 year old girl. Okay, so maybe not every bit, but still, is the station going to slap that face down just because the internet loves him?
The lulz-seekers obliged, and, with the help of 500 spambots, by early Tuesday morning Charles was sitting pretty in third place, on his way to two free tickets to a Taylor Swift show and a backstage photo sesh with the 23-year-old.
Regardless, anyone organizing an online contest of this sort had better start building them to be 4chan-proof, or risk the internet's influence.