It really happened.
Miami rapper Pitbull was actually voted as part of Walmart's promotional Internet campaign to visit a store in Kodiak, Alaska.
Pitbull received over 70,000 “likes” on Walmart's Kodiak Facebook page, Furthermore, the comical #ExilePitbull hashtag caught on like wildfire on Twitter. It's believed many of the users who participated were not actually Pitbull fans but just wanted to see the rapper forced to a remote location.
“From Miami to St. Louis we saw hundreds of thousands of fans like their local Walmart Facebook page, but Kodiak was the winner,” Walmart spokeswoman Sarah Spencer told ABC News on Tuesday.
The rapper addressed the controversy with ease in a viral video: “I heard that Kodiak, Alaska, has the most likes due to someone that thinks he was playing a prank … but you’ve got to understand, I will go anywhere in the world for my fans,” he said.
Currently, he's scheduled to meet Kodiak community leaders and store associates by the end of the month.
“It was an absolute surprise but a great outcome. Our associates, they’re just so happy and the letters and the pictures that we’re getting … and just how fun this campaign has been, it’s just been great," said the Walmart spokesperson.
Kodiak Island is about 225 miles southwest of Anchorage.