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. Sue

    There are many ways to achieve the American dream, he has done that and in the process he did not break any laws. Don’t hate people because they look different or because they have weird names, we are all Americans and we are proud of living in this country. Happy 4th of July haters and no haters. I like you even if you don't like me.

    July 4, 2012 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. Cortanis

    LMAO! This is some funny stuff. However, I'd want to go too. Remote, yes. Cold, yes. Beautiful place with great natural food, double yes.

    July 4, 2012 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. Matrix

    Send him to the Wal-Mart closest to Michael Vick. Vick knows how to take care of pitbulls!

    July 4, 2012 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
    • mshawaii808

      Matix: Your thinking is so typical of a trailer park trash. HE GOT MONEY...YOU DON'T!!!

      July 4, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • WillieFDiazSF

      Matrix is right. Im kinda tired of this ugly guy who cant sing, uses too many samples, and is too ugly to take off his glasses and show his face. Be real dude, you are not real, and I say send Pitbull to the Vick doghouse.

      July 4, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      HAHAHA!!! Awesome!

      July 4, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Becky C.

    MOCaseA from you description of Fairbanks I'd be crying to go home too......and I live in Anchorage! No one would want to go someplace they could freeze in 1 minute!

    July 4, 2012 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  5. Borque

    He seems to be making the "typical facebook face" all the time.

    July 4, 2012 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. caw

    Think we can get those Alaskans to do the world a favor and keep him?

    July 4, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. Walmart is the Devil

    Why would anyone want to go to Walmart?

    July 4, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • oliver

      To buy things at a good price.

      July 4, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      Because they enjoy the sport of white trash spotting.

      July 4, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • mshawaii808

      Because Satan...it's the place to go!!!! Duh...loser

      July 4, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Great prices

      Quality goods at great prices... or in the case of the subject of the article, as it happens to point out, Walmart and Energy sheets are paying him lots of money to do so.

      July 4, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. VegasRage

    Hope he loves it, and stays, not sure how that guy noticed in the first place.

    July 4, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. Richard

    So this is what passes for news in the Twitter age, huh? Bravo CNN...

    July 4, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  10. It's What

    If the dude in the photo is a "Pitbull," Clay Aiken is a "Lion."

    July 4, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • mshawaii808

      what you look like??? besides the backside of a gorilla????

      July 4, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  11. mshawaii808

    I LOVE Pitbull! His life is a rages to riches story...God had his hand upon this boy for a long time and now, as a grown man, everything he does, he gives thanks to the Lord AND he has GIVEN millions to many charities here in the US and around the world. So to all those losers that make stupid comments about him???? To bad so sad. Before you make comments..think to yourself....what have I done for another human being???? I'll answer that for you...absolutely nada.......

    July 4, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. eastsidedude

    Is there a Walmart on Mars?

    July 4, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  13. JerseyJeff

    Definitely one of the more clever internet prank's I've heard of.

    I'm voting for Kodiak! Hope he enjoys his journey to the Arctic Circle and decides to stay a while.

    July 4, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  14. Frank

    People of the United States of America,
    Pitbull is JAFR, what value added do he bring to the table.The world needs less Rappers and more people to fix the problems in communities like the murders in Chicago.I have seen a couple of his Videos and the message is lets party and screw around all day long..

    July 4, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. idunno20202

    whos pitbull?

    July 4, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
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