A contest offering a backstage meet-and-greet with country superstar Taylor Swift has been cancelled after it was revealed online communities 4chan and Reddit conspired to ensure a “fat old guy” named Charles would win.
Boston radio station Kiss 108 FM cancelled the contest Wednesday, saying, “Disappointingly, we have determined that the integrity of the 'Taylor Swift's Biggest Fan' contest has been compromised.”
According to music news Web site NME.com, the competition was hijacked when a 4chan user appealed to members of the online community to help Charles win the vote.
The anonymous user wrote, “My creepy 39-year-old friend named Charles would like to crush all those girls' dreams (and then sniff Taylor Swift's hair cos he's into that) by winning this instead… Help him crush the dreams of these girls and give him a chance to make a complete a#$ of himself by blatantly just sniffing her hair with the cameras rolling.”
The contest grand prize was two free tickets to one of Swift's concerts and a backstage pass.
According to The Daily Dot, Charles shot to the top spot after the people at 4chan used an “automated script” to rig the voting process.
This isn't the first time an online competition involving Taylor Swift has been hijacked, NME.com reported. Last year, a competition offering a school a chance to have Swift come and perform was won by a school for the deaf, thanks to 4chan.