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Taylor Swift Tells Deaf School: ‘No Concert!’

Submitted by on October 2, 2012 – 2:28 pm Comments

Taylor Swift has been rumored to refuse to perform a concert, or did she. You have probably already heard about Chegg and Papa Johns teaming up to present the Taylor Swift on Campus Contest, if not it’s where you, the people, vote for the school Swift should perform at. The school with the most votes wins. Sounds simple, but the contest is open to EVERYONE who has access to the internet so I’m sure you can guess what happens next. No? Well, for those of you who can’t keep up, I will spell it out.

An adult chat forum called ‘4chan’ ( and by adult I mean I needed to wash my eyes after checking out the site) thought it would be funny to send Taylor Swift to Horace Mann School for the Deaf, as if she is so untalented that she should only be allowed to sing for the deaf. Not cool ‘4chan’. So now ‘Reddit’ jumps on the band wagon with that nasty site and promotes the hell out of it getting the Horace Mann School nearly 30,000 votes. The school in second place is UCI at just over 13,000. So now you see what a hot mess this contest has turned into thanks to ‘4chan’ and ‘Reddit’ users.

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I can’t really say that I blame Taylor Swift or her backers for refusing the concert to Horace Mann, this is a contest after all and the winner is based on how many legitimate votes they receive. To be perfectly fair not all the votes for Horace Mann School were placed by ‘4chan’ or ‘Reddit’ users, some where by people who where offended by what those sites where trying to do and voted on behalf of the students at Horace Mann. Even the principal Jeremiah Ford was happy to be in the running even if “mean-spirited people fueled the win.” The top five schools would also receive $10,000 each, so he would have been happy with that too. So with all the prank votes and real votes how can you tell who won?

This is not the end for the Horace Mann School for the Deaf; Swift has said that all the students will receive a ticket to her next local concert. Still is that enough, of course not so Taylor Swift and her Campus Concert contest backers have donated $50,000 to the school and VHI’s Save the Music program has donated $10,000 in musical instruments. All told, I would say that the Horace Mann School made out pretty good. But the best part is that instead of Taylor Swift getting trolled like the ‘4chan’ and ‘Reddit’ users wanted, instead they got counter-trolled.

Jamie Sibert

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