Quest For Free Chicken Nuggets Inspires Twitter's Most Retweeted Tweet
10 May, 2017, 03:54 | Author: Ruben Patrick
In April, Carter Wilkerson set out on a mission to get free chicken nuggets for a year. Even celebrities such as Aaron Paul and Victoria Secret model Martha Hunt, as well as big brands Microsoft, Amazon and Apple got in on the act, retweeting the plea until #nuggsforCarter was trending on Twitter. As of press time, his tweet has reached 3.5 million retweets, and counting.
Though he still had a long way to go, Carter's tweet has become the most retweeted of all time (3.435 million RT's!) and has officially surpassed the previous record holder, Ellen's 2014 Oscar selfie (which sits at a cool 3.430 million RT's).
Shortly after Wendy's response, the 16-year-old from Reno, Nev., took a screenshot of the conversation and asked fellow nugget lovers to help him because, as he tweeted, "a man needs his nuggs".
It's official. Twitter has a new World Record for retweets, at least until Beyonce has her baby twins. "So Carter.... "Consider it done" on our end - you've more than earned our respect...and the nuggets", writes Kurt Kane, chief marketing officer for Wendy's, in a statement.
Along the way, some celebrities have gotten involved - Ellen even had Carter on her show to talk about his efforts to get #nuggsforcarter. I worked really hard.
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Wendy's has now supplied him with a gift card for a year's worth of nuggets and made a 100,000-dollar donation to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, a charity Mr Wilkerson supports and which finds homes for children in foster care.
Watch the clip (below) to see what might be the last of the chicken nugget loving teen!
"It's good to use that voice", Wilkerson said.
It should be noted that DeGeneres's tweet, while star-studded, wasn't premised on a campaign to get re-shared, like Wilkerson's.
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