Published: Wed, May 10, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Teen's plea for free Wendy's nuggets sets retweet record

Teen's plea for free Wendy's nuggets sets retweet record

After Wilkerson and Ellen, some of the top 10 most retweeted messages are from former US President Barack Obama, and the members of famous boy band One Direction.

As of Tuesday afternoon, 16-year-old Carter Wilkerson's April 5 tweet asking Wendy's how many retweets he would need to receive a year's worth of free nuggets has been retweeted 3,478,858 times and counting, while Degeneres' tweet had 3,432,940 retweets.

Wendy's replied "18 million". Improbably, his tweet has been getting all sorts of attention since then, and it's finally come to this: Today, Wilkerson's tweet surpassed Ellen Degeneres' famous Oscars selfie as the most retweeted tweet of all time, now sitting at over 3.4 million retweets.

As a result, Wilkerson's Twitter following has grown from 138 followers to more than 100,000. Wendy's tweeted the feat was "good for the nuggets", and also threw in the massive donation to the Dave Thomas Foundation - a charity started by the restaurant's founder.

Last month, you couldn't open Twitter without someone in your feed retweeting Carter's dream into your line of sight.

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A Reno, Nevada teenager who loves chicken nuggets just got them for a year from a fast-food chain.

The comedian, 59, set a record in March 2014 with her epic Academy Awards pic, which has since garnered more than 3,431,000 retweets.

He then posted a screenshot of the tweets with the call "HELP ME PLEASE". It's an earnest plea for chicken nuggets. Twitter's Twitter has even got involved.

Ellen even gave Wilkerson a 55-inch TV alongside a year of free underwear - but she did confirm that she would take it all back if he beats her record. He is also selling T-shirts on his website, with a promise that all proceeds go to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. "So Carter.... "Consider it done" on our end - you've more than earned our respect...and the nuggets", writes Kurt Kane, chief marketing officer for Wendy's, in a statement.

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