Young fans of singer Pitbull show off their posters and shades handed out at the performer's Kodiak apperance Monday. Brianna Gibbs/KMXT photo
after an online campaign started an effort to send Miami singer Pitbull to
Kodiak, Mr. Worldwide finally touched down on the island Monday morning. KMXT's
Brianna Gibbs has more.
-- (Pitbull 1 :12 "Pitbull!
Here he is! (Crowds cheering).")
It was Mr.
Worldwide's first visit to Kodiak, and an impromptu one at that. In early July,
the artist, whose real name is Armando Perez, said he would visit the Walmart
with the most Facebook likes. When all was said and done, Kodiak Walmart's
72,000 likes took home the win and brought Pitbull to Alaska's emerald isle.
-- (Pitbull 2 :25 "Thanks
to Walmart, thanks to sheets, and thanks to Dave Thorpe. You know, to him it
was a big joke to send me out here. But to be honest, it's great. We were in
Cleveland last night, it was about a nine hour flight to get out here. We've
got to right back not to Atlanta to be on tour. But it's always good to be
around good people in an untouched environment and to be honest it's very,
very, very beautiful here. And I definitely want to come back. ")
Phoenix columnist David Thorpe, the man arguably responsible for Pitbull's
visit to Kodiak, also made an appearance. Thorpe had started an online campaign
to "exile Pitbull" to the most remote Walmart in the world. In a turn of
events, Pitbull embraced the idea, and even invited Thorpe to join him on his
trip. It was Pitbull who stepped up and offered to pay for his ticket, allowing
the two to finally meet.
-- (Pitbull 4 :18 "Yea I met him and he said that if I keep
BSing then we're going to be going to the moon together. I agree, I'm going to
meet him on the moon. I consider that a promise. So Pitbull and I will
definitely be going to space in 2013, and you can count on it. Or else I am a
to Thorpe's impressive social media campaign, he said the result was actually
-- (Pitbull 3 :10 "You can't just do a social media thing
and think it's going to go the way you think it's going to go. I think that's
what anybody should learn from this. I would consider him my best friend.")
the tight schedule, Pitbull didn't give a concert, but stuck around long enough
to meet with Kodiak Mayor Pat Branson and Senator Gary Stevens.
-- (Pitbull 4 :39 "Hey Kodiak! Hey Pitbull. How you doing?
I'm doing real. This is Senator Stevens, I'm Pat Branson and we're here to
welcome you. Bienvenidos. Muchas gracias. Denada. It's not often that I get to
present the key to the city to someone, but it's exciting that I'm presenting
the city of Kodiak key to Pitbull. Wow, thank you so much. Thank you so much,
you're gonna put on the shades? There you go, boom. Look at you. Styling and
profiling. Thank you again for coming and sheets for sponsoring this event and
we hope you get out and if you don't we have a lot of local entertainers to
entertain you. I see a lot of beautiful local entertainers. Laughs.")
to receiving the key to the city, Pitbull was entertained by local Alutiiq and
Polynesian dancers and other community groups. He also presided over a
presentation of donations from the Walmart Foundation to local charities. The
foundation gave $25,000 to Kodiak's senior center and $10,000 to the local food
It was a
quick visit, but Mr. 305 said he would be returning to the 907 soon, and that
he wouldn't forget Kodiak.
-- (Pitbull 5 :08 "They were asking me if I was going to
mention Kodiak, Alaska in a record. I said absolutely we're going to mention
Kodiak in a record. Cheers.")
I'm Brianna Gibbs.