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Can This X Get More Fans Than Y? is an emerging trend of anti-fan mobilization via Facebook fan pages solely designed for the purpose of outnumbering the target celebrity’s fans on the social networking site. For comical effect, these Facebook groups often choose to endorse arbitrary items of little significance (X, as in Fishstick) in competing against the famous subjects (Y, as in Kanye West).
The earliest instance that falls under this category is Can this donkey from Shrek get more fans than Sarkozy? (Pour que l’âne de Shrek comptabilise plus de fans que Sarkozy), created on December, 15th, 2008. In less than two weeks, the donkey’s fan count surpassed that of President Sarkozy with 43738 Facebook fans (at the time).
FAN COUNT STATS:
12/15/2008 – 5 pm: Group created
12/21/2008 – 8:30 pm: 1107 members … (in effect … :-))
12/24/2008 – 8:30 pm: 7700 members
12/27/2008 – 8:30 pm: 52,600 members … (Success … ;-) Haw haw
As of April 2010, the donkey has over 574,900+ fans, suggesting anti-Sarkozy groups still remain strong and present on Facebook. Also See: Sarkozy Was There.
Viral Status in 2010
Justin Bieber vs. Onion Ring
Can this onion ring get more fans than Justin Bieber? (restored), created by FB user Toby Brittan on February 1st. In the same week on February 6th, Toby’s Onion Ring completely pwned the Canadian pop star’s count by a margin of 500,000+ fans. The original fan page was subsequently deactivated by Facebook admins, but several copycat pages have been created since then.
Bieber Fan Count: 1,648,758 fans
Onion Ring Fan Count: 2,152,536 fans
Pickle vs. Nickelback
Can this pickle get more fans than Nickelback? was created by Coral Anne on February 3rd, 2010. Evidently seen by many as a funny / valid proposition, the Pickle’s fanbase snowballed rapidly into a viral campaign. In the next few days, FB fan page was picked up by “Digg”: and other popular blogs, along with the Fried Onion Ring’s fan page. On February 19th, the number of Pickle’s FB fans exceeded that of Nickelback. As of March 30th, 2010, the Pickle has a count of 1,580,178 fans and Nickelback has a count of 1,487,303 fans. That’s one hell of a pickle.
According to this report from Popeater.com, Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger posted a bitter-ridden message on the Pickle’s facebook page.
“Your page will be closing in 2 weeks.”
In response, the group’s founder posted a lengthy note to all of the pickle fans, explaining that it wasn’t her true intention to endorse hate against the band. The full text can be read here.
This pickle page is strictly intended for humour, and anyone else can see this how they wish to, but the whole time I was pro-pickle, more than anti-Nickelback.
As of April 1, 2010, there are at least 400 – 500 fan groups dedicated to outnumbering their least favorite celebrities:
Note: Fan count numbers last updated on March 31, 2010.
Can this sausage roll get more fans than Cheryl Cole? – 1,141,838 fans
Can this Hobo get more Fans than The Jonas Brothers? – 134,789 fans
Can this egg get more fans than Katie Price? – 743,744 fans
Can this Pickle get more fans than Twilight? – 645,806 fans
Can this Squirrel get more fans than Barack Obama? – 604,183 fans
Can this poodle wearing a tinfoil hat get more fans than Glenn Beck? – 286,599 fans
Can this guy who looks like a thumb get more fans than Miley Cyrus? – 276,719 fans
Can this Raw Steak get more fans than PETA? – 255,142 fans
Can this hedgehog get more fans than JLS? – 106,733 fans
Can this duck get more fans than Alexander Rybak? – 109,828 fans
Can this beard get more fans than Lady Gaga? – 1,141 fans
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