All Right, Troll Taylor Swift All You Want, But Leave The Deaf Kids Out Of It
12:30 pm, August 30th | by Sarah Devlin
Remember when a Something Awful campaign successfully hijacked a contest to have Pitbull fly to a local Wal-Mart and give a concert, sending the rapper (who bore the indignity with good humor) to Kodiak, Alaska? Well, the bedbugs of the Internet, Reddit and 4chan users, found that so inspiring that they were moved to try again — this time by sending Taylor Swift to give a concert at a school for the deaf.
Popdust has the full story:
Swift has teamed up with Chegg and Papa John’s to play a free concert at the school that gets the most votes at TaylorSwiftOnCampus.com. Crucially, though, voters don’t have to verify that they attend the school they’re voting for, which opened the opportunity for our generation’s finest satirical minds to vote to send T-Swift to Horace Mann School for the Deaf in Massachusetts.
Horace Mann is currently leading the contest, though its official rules caution that Chegg may choose a different school for the concert if they so desire.
For all the flack she gets from the Internet, the odds seem pretty good that Taylor Swift would take a break from trying to wear Conor Kennedy’s skin as a suit to do the concert, but this prank feels meaner than consigning Pitbull to an Alaskan Wal-Mart. Part of the joke is that Taylor Swift’s music is so terrible that it could only be appreciated by the deaf, but if you buy into that logic — and that’s certainly up for debate, given how this is demonstrably the jam — the flip side of it is the suggestion that deaf kids have terrible taste. I think the joke will end up being on the pranksters, as the kids at Horace Mann are probably thrilled at the possibility. Still, not a good look, Reddit and 4chan trolls.
[Photo via TaylorSwiftCampus.com]