Online pranksters plot Taylor Swift gig for deaf kids

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Aug 31 2012 08:08 AM | Updated as of Aug 31 2012 04:08 PM

WASHINGTON - Country pop diva Taylor Swift could find herself singing to deaf youngsters if social media pranksters have their way.

Swift, whipping up buzz for her forthcoming album, is offering to do a concert at whatever school reaps the most votes in a Facebook campaign that requires participants to first "like" her page.

Users of imageboard website 4chan responded with a call for mass voting in favor of the Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing -- an idea that swiftly went viral Thursday on Twitter and Reddit.

Located in Boston, the school is the oldest public day school of its kind in the United States, said the Daily Dot, a website that monitors social media trends.

"Apparently you can vote once per day, so log back in tomorrow and do the same," wrote one Reddit user with the handle ThePhenix. "Let's give these kids the best concert of their lives!"

The contest ends September 23, and while there's no way to ascertain which school leads the voting, many Reddit users doubted Swift would risk her carefully tailored good-girl image by snubbing a school for the deaf -- even if the contest rules seem to give her the last word on where she'll perform.

Last month a similar hijacking of a Walmart social media marketing campaign resulted in Miami rapper Pitbull going up to Alaska to perform in the small town of Kodiak.

Swift, 22, who already has 34.2 million likes on Facebook, is currently atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart with "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," the first single off her fourth studio album "Red" due out in October.

Notorious for writing songs about ex-boyfriends, she is currently dating Conor Kennedy, 18, a grandson of the slain politician Robert F. Kennedy who has yet to graduate from high school.

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