Taylor Swift has fans of all ages, from the tiniest of tots (I took my 4-year-old daughter to her concert) to moms like me. But when a 39-year-old man won her recent "Biggest Fan" contest in what appears to be a big online prank, organizers said no way was he getting the grand prize -- a chance to meet her -- and the whole thing was cancelled.
No, it's not because she's an ageist (remember she did date John Mayer who's 35), but because the 39-year-old winner sounds like a big fat loser. The contest was run by Boston radio station KISS FM. Fans were asked to enter to win, and then online voting would determine the winner. Sounds fair, but "Charles" (the 39-year-old winner) didn't play fair.
Instead he and others made a mockery of the whole contest, posting on various websites with a mean scheme to boost him to number one. For example on 4chan, users were asked to vote for the "fat old guy creep" to "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."
Because there are so many vile and cruel people in the world with nothing better to do, users voted Charles to the top. But Charles will not be meeting Taylor. Nor will any of her other fans in that contest. The radio station offered the following explanation:
Disappointingly, we have determined that the integrity of the "Taylor Swift's Biggest Fan" contest has been compromised. In accordance with our contest rules, effective immediately, the contest has been terminated. We apologize to all of our loyal listeners who have participated.
What a way to spoil it for everyone, Charles. And for what, a few chuckles? I don't blame the station at all for cancelling, but I do feel bad for her true fans who really would have loved this opportunity to meet Taylor.
Do you think the radio station should have cancelled the contest because of this?
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