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. raven

    Kodiak is beautiful...been there several times. And theyre ALWAYS down for a kickin party;I hope they DO win!

    July 3, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Hey, sos.
      Doesn't sound as if Pitbull is too worried...
      Exile Pitbull?
      I can think of people I'd rather exile than him, lol.

      July 3, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Nothing good to say?

    What the hell does this have to do with the posted topic?? There at least 5 threads to go to if you want to talk abut Hillary...or buy a effin notebook for your musings. Good grief!!

    July 3, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Onan Salad

    I need money, so I'm curious: how much do they pay you to spew the off-topic anti-obama stuff in every single news thread? Do they pay by the word or by the lie?

    July 3, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. K Dub

    After we send him there... do we have to take him back?

    July 3, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edgar

      No, as long as you make sure Sara Palin stays there to 🙂

      July 3, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mark

    Alaskadog: Huh??????

    July 3, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. kim

    Have a safe trip.

    July 3, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. killmenow

    I honestly don't know why people like his horrible music!!!
    it is pure garbage

    July 3, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Argle Bargle

    He can be added to the People of Walmart website! woohoo!

    July 3, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. fernace

    I'm sure he'll come back w/a new song about his adventure

    July 3, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chris

    What is a "pitbull" and should I care?

    July 3, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Kita

    Boy, this backfired. He's actually looking forward to it.

    July 3, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • ks

      I know, right! I know many pple looking forward to this 🙂

      July 3, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Daniel

    More like an English Bulldog

    July 3, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. tdsd

    He can make a video with the bears as dancers.

    July 3, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. kodiakperson

    I live in Kodiak, and most people here don't really care about this. There may be a few high schoolers who are up for it, and the employees at Walmart seem gung-ho, and it makes for some great jokes, though. And, frankly, Kodiak (and Alaska in general) is a place for exiles: we like to think of our remoteness as sanctuary for those who don't fit in anywhere else, hence our "crackpot" reputation. It's a pastiche of personality and culture that would take Pitbull if no other place else wanted him. Why would we take him? Who cares–let him do what he wants, just don't scare all the fish and deer away with loud music. (That's the Alaskan way, in a nutshell.)

    July 3, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Muhammad

    PRAISE BE TO ALLAH!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 3, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
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