It’s official: As of May 9, 2017, in his quest for 18 million retweets and a year’s supply of free Wendy’s chicken nuggets, Reno, Nev. native Carter Wilkerson has made Twitter history.
It all started with Wilkerson asking Wendy’s how many retweets would get him a year’s worth of chicken nuggets. Wendy’s replied with the astronomical number, and #NuggsforCarter went viral.
Wilkerson didn’t reach the 18 million Wendy’s originally said he needed to get a year’s worth of chicken nuggets, but he did beat out Ellen DeGeneres’ super popular Oscars selfie. Apparently that was enough for Wendy’s.
Realistically, he probably could never get to 18 million. But he hasn’t stopped trying.
At least he now has the most retweeted tweet ever to go with them nuggs.
DeGeneres had held the record for most retweets from her iconic 2014 Oscars selfie tweet featuring Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Spacey, Bradley Cooper, and other celebrities. With 3.2 million retweets, DeGeneres could be dethroned by Wilkerson.
And DeGeneres’ record had previously been held by former President Barack Obama after he was reelected in 2012, according to Guinness World Records. Wilkerson easily surpassed Obama’s number, which is still shy of 1 million retweets.
Only in America does a tweet about chicken nuggets garner more attention from the masses than a presidential reelection. What a time to be alive.
Weeks ago, Wilkerson’s tweet beat out a popular tweet from One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson, according to favstar.
How did the teen get this far? With some help from some high-profile people and companies — many of which hopped on #NuggsforCarter with tweets of support and even a couple of lucrative offers of their own. Including:
The governor of Nevada.
A Victoria’s Secret model.
The co-star of Breaking Bad.
The tech world.
Even will all this help, he’s still pretty far from that 18 million.
Still, Wendy’s is pretty impressed.
Cameron McGough is a student at the University of Kansas and a USA TODAY College digital producer.