Friday, May 24, 2013
Pitbull might like to hang out in Miami, but it's a trip to the frozen tundra that's up next for the rapper. And it's all because of some Internet pranksters. The "Back in Time" singer joined a Sheets Energy Strips and Wal-Mart campaign and promised to visit the Wal-Mart that received the most "likes" on Facebook. The Web site SomethingAwful.com got word of the campaign and urged thousands to like the most remote Wal-Mart store in America - which just so happens to be located in Kodiak, Alaska. Gawker.com picked up the story, and the rest was Internet history as the story went viral. The Kodiak Wal-Mart received more than 70,000 votes, and now Pitbull must head north. However, the Miami-based rapper is taking it in stride and posted a video response for the winning Wal-Mart: "This is Mr. Worldwide. I'm over in Madrid, Spain, right now on the 'Rock in Rio' [Tour] and there's a huge Sheets energy strip/Walmart campaign going on, and I heard that Kodiak, Alaska, has the most 'likes,' due to someone who thinks he was playing a prank," he said. "I said, 'OK, this sounds great.' You have to understand that I will go anywhere in the world for my fans, so I want to thank Walmart for the opportunity, Sheets energy strips for the opportunity, and I want to invite that someone who thinks it's a joke to Kodiak, Alaska, with me. That said, enjoy a little bit of my world tour, follow me to the stage and follow me to Kodiak. Dale."