Internet Pranksters Win a Taylor Swift Concert for School for the Deaf

But Taylor gets the last laugh.

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Taylor Swift performs during the second day of the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada September 22, 2012.

Attention, denizens of the Internet: As countless ex-boyfriends could have told you, Taylor Swift always gets the last laugh.

Thousands of Facebook users banded together in recent weeks to hijack a contest in which the grand prize was a live concert by the Grammy-winning country singer.  And with some 14,000 schools participating, the runaway winner appeared to be the Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Boston.

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During the voting, Horace Mann principal Jeremiah Ford said he wasn’t offended by the attention, instead noting that his students love live music and any chance they had to interact with Taylor Swift was a welcome one. Plus, the top five schools all received $10,000 — so even finishing as a runner-up would have been welcome.

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But with the fix appearing to be in, contest organizers eventually removed Horace Mann from consideration. However, the story doesn’t end there.

While Taylor Swift won’t be playing a concert there, the singer has offered to personally donate $10,000 to the school — a donation which was quickly matched by contest sponsors Papa John’s and Chegg, a textbook company. American Greetings and Cover Girl got in on the act, upping the school’s windfall to $50,000; VH1’s Save the Music program added an additional $10,000 worth of instruments.

For those students disappointed they won’t get a Swift concert at their campus, Taylor has offered free tickets to any Horace Mann student for her next Boston concert.

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8 comments
T.j. Davis
T.j. Davis

you know, I don't really like Taylor's music as I am not a teenage girl. But this is classy and one of the best things i have seen from a celebrity in a long time.  Go Taylor.

clark_castle
clark_castle

Am I missing something? By the contest organizers removing Horace Mann from consideration, they are basically saying that school isn't equal to the remaining schools.

DwDunphy
DwDunphy like.author.displayName 1 Like

 The joke was that the school is a school for the deaf; the upshot being only deaf people could appreciate Taylor's music because they can't actually hear it.

working4u
working4u

Wow, talking about turning the table on pranksters. That move was vintage class all the way. Thank you Ms. Swift for leading by example. You are truely America's Sweetheart.  

RygarrMTreuthardt
RygarrMTreuthardt

@working4u Um looks like the pranksters won out on this sorry to burst your bubble. 1 they got her to look awful by playing for a school of deaf kids who lucky for them couldn't hear her "music and 2. She had to turn down the school and just pay them off, which I'm sure a bunch of kids anticipating her show really wanted money for their school. Owned.

My2Cents
My2Cents

Now that is class... way to go Taylor.

jahica
jahica

Thank you, Taylor, for being such a class act.  You are a terrific role model in showing how people should treat each other and how to make a negative into a positive.