Wednesday, August 01, 2012

When A Celebrity Behaves

I love this story from buzzfeed about the artist named Pitbull:

When David Thorpe, writer for Something Awful and the Boston Phoenix noticed a contest where the Walmart location with the most new "Likes" on Facebook would win a visit from Pitbull, he found a store location in Kodiak, Alaska and started spreading the word through the Twitter hashtag #ExilePitbull. Soon, Kodiak's Walmart had over 60,000 new "Likes", making it the clear winner of the contest.

Though Walmart and contest cosponsor Energy Sheets had been in touch with Thorpe over email and invited him to attend Pitbull's appearance, they didn't want to shell out to fly him to Kodiak. Instead, Pitbull himself personally paid for Thorpe to come to Alaska. Because Pitbull is a cool nice guy, and knows how to take a joke.

Pitbull turned a potentially embarrassing snafu, into a feel good moment for all involved. When I think of modern entertainers and celebrities, terms like tantrum and spoiled brat come to mind - and here's one that's bucking that trend.

Well done.

1 comment:

  1. I actually like Pitbull a lot. And he's just bought one of So Florida's big sub chains--kind of like Paisano's or Ledo's up here. Think he's smart enough to know that he's not always going to be an entertainer.

    But you're right. Classy story.