Facebook pranksters have struck again. Earlier this year, users played with a Facebook contest to send rapper Pitbull to the most remote Walmart possible — Kodiak, Alaska. Now a contest sponsored by Chegg and Papa John to send singer Taylor Swift to perform at a high school or college has been taken over. There’s a campaign to send Swift to Horace Mann School for the Deaf in Allston, Mass.
The contest — a joint venture of textbook seller Chegg and pizza maker Papa John’s — will send Taylor Swift to the high school or college that gets the most votes. Voters must log onto the website, connect with Facebook, like Swift’s page, then write in their vote. Currently, the Horace Mann School for the Deaf is in first place, according to the New York Daily News, with more than 30,000 votes.
It’s unlikely that Swift will end up making an appearance at the school, though. The contest doesn’t end until Sept. 23 and there’s a clause in the rules that ultimately makes it Chegg’s decision (not the Internet’s) where Swift performs:
Chegg has the sole discretion to determine which person or organization within a school to work with in the Music Event planning process and Grant distribution. If no such organization is available or willing to plan such an event with Chegg and 13 Management or accept the Grant, or if arrangements with any such selected person or organization cannot be agreed upon to Chegg and 13 Management’s satisfaction, Chegg may award the Music Event or Grant, as applicable, to the next highest scoring school or any other school (time permitting).
Chegg will also award grants to the music departments of the top five schools.
Readers: Do you think this prank crosses the line?