Boston’s Kiss 108 FM has officially canceled a contest where the winner would get to take a picture backstage with Taylor Swift. The winner turned out to be a “creepy” 39-year-old man named Charles who intended to troll Swift after securing his victory with the help of 4chan, Reddit and spambot votes.
Earlier this month, someone posted a message on his behalf on 4chan:
“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 ass of himself by blatantly just sniffing her hair with the cameras rolling.”
Charles, however, described his T-Swift obsession with a tad more modesty on the contest page: “I’m a 39-year-old man and I love Taylor so much and don’t care that both adults and children mock me for it.”
Yesterday, the contest was officially canceled by the station because it had been “compromised.” A statement on the radio station’s website read: “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.”
NME reports that last year, a competition offering a school a chance to have Swift come and perform was won by a school for the deaf, also thanks to 4chan.
Kelsey Fowler is currently studying nothing music-related at Ithaca College. Help keep her in the loop on Twitter.