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Wendy's Nuggets Boy Beats Ellen for Most Retweets Ever

10 May 2017
Wendy's Nuggets Boy Beats Ellen for Most Retweets Ever

It was last month when Carter Wilkerson asked Wendy's, on Twitter, what he might have to do to get free nuggets for a year.

Wilkerson's attempt to gain free nuggets had to surpass the most retweeted tweet of all time by Ellen DeGeneres. It broke the record set by Ellen DeGeneres' Oscars selfie in 2014.

The fast food chain gave him an improbable goal: 18 million.

To mark the tweet in question hitting the milestone, USA restaurant chain Wendy's announced that it had donated $100,000 (£77,317) to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DFTA), a charity devoted to finding homes for children in foster care.

Amazingly enough, the tweet caught the attention of many, gaining one million retweets within two days.

The post, which read "Help me please". But in America, a country where anything is possible and cheeseburgers sometimes need three patties, Wilkerson followed his dreams anyway and made it past DeGeneres' 3.4 million.

Plus, Carter and Ellen take a selfie together to campaign for more retweets. But, he is getting some serious celebrity backing of his own.

"Honestly", Wilkerson said, "I just want chicken nuggets".

A spokesperson for Wendy's said: "We didn't expect Carter's response, and we couldn't anticipate the overwhelming support he has received".

He started a website where he divulges his deep affections for the breaded bird.

As well as breaking the retweets record, Mr Wilkerson has also gained more than 100,000 followers on the social media site and had a custom emoji created in his honour alongside the hashtag #NuggsForCarter. "People have been asking for t-shirts so we thought it would be a great idea to donate the profits to charity".