He’s commonly referred to as Mr. 305… But Pitbull may soon have to start calling himself Mr. 907…
As part of an exclusive marketing deal, Walmart will send the 31-year-old Cuban-American rap superstar to the store that received the most “likes” on its Facebook page.
Right now, the leading candidate is Kodiak, Alaska. And there might be a reason.
A writer for The Boston Phoenix newspaper thought it would be comical to send Pitbull to the most remote Walmart possible, and is encouraging people to “like” the Walmart in Kodiak.
And, so far the ploy seems to be working.
The Kodiak Walmart had more than 35,000 “likes” Monday, more than five times the town’s population.
Kodiak has a significant lead in the contest to land Pitbull, but actual numbers weren’t immediately available, Walmart spokeswoman Sarah Spencer said.
Walmart shoppers have until July 16 to like their local stores and pull ahead of Kodiak.
“I know Pitbull is hoping his Miami Walmart shoppers start liking their Facebook page,” she said.
That would require some heavy lifting, with one Miami location sitting tight with 45 “likes” Monday.
“He’s definitely coming to Kodiak if Kodiak wins,” she said.
It would be the rapper’s first visit to Alaska.
Pitbull, who is touring Europe, seems to be taking the contest in good nature. “Wherever the fans want to have a party, I will be there,” he said in an emailed statement sent Monday from Austria.
Kodiak Island is about 225 miles southwest of Anchorage. It’s home to the nation’s largest Coast Guard base, and the island is known for its Kodiak brown bear population.
That fact wasn’t lost on Pitbull, who tweeted Saturday: “I hear there’s bear repellant at Kodiak, Alaska (at)walmartspecials.”