Three years ago, Ellen DeGeneres set a Twitter record for retweets with the star-filled selfie that Bradley Cooper took at the Oscars. That benchmark of 3.3 million retweets stood unchallenged — until now. Carter Wilkerson, 16, just broke that record in his quest to get the fast food chain Wendy’s to give him a free year’s supply of chicken nuggets. Not only will Wendy’s come through with the food but it has made a $100,000 donation in his name to a foundation for adoption established by the company founder, Dave Thomas.
Last month when the count for Wilkerson was nearing 3 million retweets, DeGeneres spoke about the threat on her Emmy-winning daytime talker. “If you think I’m going to lose that record to some chicken nugget kid, you are out of your clucking mind.”
As she explained, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, “I’m angry because I worked so hard to set that record. First, I got my own sitcom, and then I came out, and then I lost everything. This was part of the whole plan. Then, I came back with my talk show and became so popular they asked me to host the Oscars but I waited until they asked me to host the second time to finally make my move.” It was then, DeGeneres recounted, “that I gathered all the biggest stars into one selfie and challenged the world to share it. And boom, I achieved my goal of the most-retweeted tweet of all time.”
She even made a mock PSA with Cooper in which the pair issue a passionate plea for people to retweet their pic every time that they forward Wilkerson’s original tweet. But it was all to no avail as the teen Twitter sensation edged past her earlier this week.