86th Annual Academy Awards – Show
In this handout photo provided by Ellen DeGeneres, host Ellen DeGeneres poses for a selfie taken by Bradley Cooper with (clockwise from L-R) Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence, Channing Tatum, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong’o, Angelina Jolie, Peter Nyong’o Jr. and Bradley Cooper during the 86th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, Calif.
(Ellen DeGeneres/Twitter via Getty Images)
As of Thursday, April 20 at 4:25 p.m., all that stood between Carter Wilkerson and internet glory was a measly 197,717 retweets.
That was the deficit between his plea for a year’s worth of chicken nuggets from Wendy’s and a selfie taken by Ellen Degeneres at the 2014 Academy Awards featuring — brace yourself — Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence, Channing Tatum, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong’o, Angelina Jolie, Peter Nyong’o Jr. and Bradley Cooper.
By 4:30, the Reno, Nevada teen had accumulated another 747 retweets. Don’t be surprised if, come Monday, there’s a new world record holder for most retweets.
What does this mean for us? In the grand scheme of things, absolutely nothing.
People will still keep moving to Portland.
And the Trail Blazers will still be 0-2 in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
Wilkerson’s legacy, at least in the short-term, will be the proliferation of tweets begging #brands for favors in return for “rts.”
@49ers How many RTs for tickets for the first home game [?]
— Elisandro A. Rangel (@_raango007) April 20, 2017
@SeatGeek soooo how many rts for 2 Ed sheeran tickets at the Barclay’s center? [?] [?] I really wanna surprise my sister for her birthday.
— Emily (@EmersTOP) April 20, 2017
@ObservatoryOC how many rts for a year of free tickets [?]
— [?] (@jabbberjaw) April 20, 2017
— Sarah Pona (@lilypond9) April 17, 2017
@CalvinHarris How many rts for you to come DJ at our homecoming?
— Edward Ro (@_edwardro_) April 20, 2017
HELP ME PLEASE. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS pic.twitter.com/4SrfHmEMo3
— Carter Wilkerson (@carterjwm) April 6, 2017
Not that it’s necessarily a bad thing. #brands try to leverage social media interactions in their favor all the time. Having the general public latch onto Wilkerson’s gimmick for a few months isn’t going to hurt anyone.
I do not do RT deals. Please stop DMing me asking “How many RTs for …..”
— Red Trizeh (@Trizeh) April 20, 2017
It’s getting to the point where people are just gonna walk into stores and be like “how many RTs for this chair”
— Semscure (@Semscure) April 20, 2017
But when — it’s no longer a question of “if” — Wilkerson’s tweet…