Internet voters could send rapper Pitbull to remote Alaskan city
Pitbull attends the "Men In Black 3" New York premiere at Ziegfeld Theatre on May 23, 2012, in New York City.
July 3rd, 2012
06:56 PM ET

Internet voters could send rapper Pitbull to remote Alaskan city

Thousands of Internet jokesters are on the cusp of sending Miami recording artist Pitbull to a far-flung land of grizzlies, salmon and crab.

Pitbull, in a promotion by Walmart and Energy Sheets tongue strips, agreed to visit the U.S. Walmart store that receives the most “likes” on its local Facebook page in a 28-day period that ends July 15.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the leader was a Walmart in Kodiak, Alaska, with more than 48,500 likes - roughly eight times its population of about 6,000 people - Walmart spokeswoman Sarah Spencer said Tuesday.

A blogger caught wind of the contest and mischievously suggested last week that the Internet should bind together and send the Miami artist to Kodiak - one of Walmart’s most remote locations – according to FUEL Partnerships, a marketing company involved in the promotion. The call to action spread, including on Twitter with the hashtag #ExilePitbull.

The trip would appear to put one of Pitbull’s nicknames, Mr. Worldwide, to the test. But Pitbull – he of “Back in Time”  and “Give Me Everything” – appears to be up for the visit.

Pitbull was on tour in Munich, Germany, on Tuesday and wasn’t immediately available for comment, his publicist said. But on Twitter, Pitbull was having fun with the Kodiak idea.

“I hear there's bear repellant at Kodiak, Alaska,” Pitbull tweeted Saturday.

On Sunday, he tweeted, “Picture me with a Kodiak…Ha!” - an homage to a “Give Me Everything” lyric “take a picture of me with a Kodak.”

“I’ve known Pitbull for a few years now, and he’s up for a party - whether it’s around the corner, or you have to get there by three planes and a boat in between, as I understand it takes to get to Kodiak,” said Warren Struhl, founder and CEO of Sheets Brand, the Energy Sheets maker.

Kodiak, home of the Kodiak bears - among the largest of the brown bears - is on an island south of the Alaskan mainland.

It’s not yet clear what Pitbull would do during his visit to the winning store, but Pitbull, who also is a Sheets Brand owner, would be part of “a lot of festivities,” and if Kodiak wins, “there will be a party like no other taking place there shortly,” Struhl said.

Kodiak would love to host Pitbull, said Kodiak Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Trevor Brown.

“I figured something was going on,” Brown said of the blogger campaign for Kodiak. “I’m pretty sure he didn’t get that many Facebook hits from here. Then I heard there was some tongue-in-cheek stuff going on about sending him as far away as possible.”

If Pitbull does come, “he’ll really enjoy it – we’ve got a great view, lots of wildlife, and very few places compare to Kodiak in the summertime,” Brown said.

Spencer said it wasn’t clear which Walmart was closest to Kodiak’s in the voting, but she said stores in Arkansas and Texas were doing well.

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  1. anon

    can he just go to alaska and stay there? I'd prefer he go to Attu Island rather than Kodiak.

    July 4, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ForGoodOfAll


    July 4, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Genius

    Pitbull should get a pit bull name Pitbull

    July 4, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. GeorgeBos95

    Walmart must be thrilled ... this is better publicity than they could ever buy.

    July 4, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |

    Leave him up there...

    July 4, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bobington

      Every time he speaks it just sounds like he is whining and about to cry. I cant stand him or his music. I agree Kodiak can keep him.

      July 10, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dan

    How about we send him to the Bermuda Triangle and hope that he disappears?

    July 4, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheOriginalME

      excellent idea!

      July 9, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  7. Big daddy

    Adios amigo!!

    July 4, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. idunno

    LOL at how offended you people get when someone doesn't know who Pitbull is. Just because he's "rich" and famous means I'm supposed to respect him? Did you forget it's not the players who make the most money, it's the owners? So he makes 6 to 20 million a year, that's nothing compared to a wall street exec who makes, on average, 206 million a year. And I would assume most Wall Street execs are less known than this guy.

    I would assume my family is just as well off as Pitbull, we aren't famous but we came from a $10,000 shack in Dearborn, MI, and now we are top 5% income in the nation. A real "rages" to riches story and one commenter put it. And just because people know him, I'm supposed to feel inferior? I will take wealth over fame any day. I would even take being poor over fame any day. There a million and one celebrities who hate their life in the spot light. Always being followed, stalked, and criticized. If you think fame is the good life just because it brings popularity and money, you really need evaluate you're opinions, and stop living in high school. Look at what the spot light has done to Linsday Lohan, Britany Spears, etc.... Even Alec Baldwin and has lost his cool and punched a popparazzi or two...

    July 5, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • idunno

      I don't respect anyone just because "millions of people know who he is" and don't know me. Millions of people know who Jerry Sandusky is, are you saying you respect him?

      July 5, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • idoknow

      Wow talk about tooting your own horn, maybe you should stop writing long winded responses to CNN Entertainment stories and you could be just as famous as PITBULL ONE DAY

      July 6, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jiminy

      $206m? Average S&P 500 CEO is $12m. Wall St. executives aren't pulling in $206m a year... if that were the case... in five years we'd have hundreds of new billionaires.

      July 10, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Spidey-Man

    Pit Who?

    July 5, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Piers Morgan, Supervillain

    Everytime I see Pitbull, I think of the lines in Half Baked:
    Scarface: I'm Cuban, B!
    Samson: Ahhh, yes! Cuban Bee!

    July 5, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • TBelmont

      One of the funniest and least known movie quotes of all time. Thanks for reminding me.

      July 10, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Alex

    deport him and his garbage music back to cuba!

    July 5, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mamatat

      Yeah....he was born in Miami, dude.

      Kodiak's getting a ton of free publicity. Awesome!

      July 9, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
    • TheOriginalME

      Cuban musicians are very good, I actually think they put him on a "balsa" and send him here cause of they didn't want him there at all

      July 9, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  12. Myto Senseworth

    How about the north pole instead.

    July 9, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  13. TheOriginalME

    What about sending him on an exploration trip to Mars? ... I hope there's not live there, but just in case we can include an apology note

    July 9, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  14. AncientChineseSecret

    For a guy with Latin roots who hails from Miami... you'd think he would at least have seen the sun once in a while! That dude is so pale if he stood in front of a light he'd look like a walking x-ray. He'll fit right in with the pasty-whiteness of Kodiak.

    July 10, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. eg

    i like him, hes earned my respect

    July 10, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
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