Boston's Kiss 108 FM had been holding a contest to win tickets to a Taylor Swift show as well as a meet and greet with the singer. Now, the contest has been cancelled due to the winner ending up as a 39-year-old man named Charles.
Charles' victory over thousands of teenage girls can be solely attributed to the contest being hijacked by the users of 4chan and reddit. It all started when one user on 4chan posted the following message:
"My creepy 39-year-old friend named Charles would like to crush all those girls' dreams (and then sniff Taylor Swift's hair cuz 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 ass of himself by blatantly just sniffing her hair with the cameras rolling."
Word spread quickly upon users' realization of their chance to once again interfere in a Taylor Swift contest. They had done this once before, causing a school for the deaf to win a performance from the singer. The cause also spread to reddit, which lead to Charles leaping to first place and finishing well beyond any other contestants.
Kiss 108 was forced to issue the following statement:
"Disappointingly, we have determined that the integrity of the "Taylor Swift's Biggest Fan" contest has been compromised. In accordance with our contest rules, effective immediately, the contest has been terminated. We apologize to all of our loyal listeners who have participated."
The station alleges that 4chan and reddit used spambots to vote for Charles to win, which disqualified him. Why they didn't just award it to the girl in second place remains to be seen. Whether or not Charles is even a real person also remains a mystery.
If anything, they've just made it clear that Taylor Swift is going to have a hard time doing any contests for a long time.
Check out this breakdown of 4chan's assault on the Taylor Swift contest, as well as their next uses of Charles in similar contests for Selena Gomez and The Jonas Brothers.