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Phoenix writer Alaska-bound with Pitbull

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Boston Phoenix writer David Thorpe tells us that rap superstar Pitbull will pay his way to Kodiak, Alaska, later this month. Thorpe, after all, is the reason Pitbull is Alaska-bound. Pitbull — who calls himself Mr. Worldwide and is known for dance hits such as “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)” and “Back in Time” from the “Men in Black 3” soundtrack — must travel to Kodiak because he was part of a contest, sponsored by Walmart, that promised to send him to perform at the Walmart that could get the most “likes” on Facebook. After seeing the press release for the contest, Thorpe (who’s also known for the website www.somethingawful.com) decided it would be amusing to start an Internet campaign to send Pitbull to the most remote Walmart store he could find. He wound up getting the Kodiak store 70,000 likes, which was enough to win. (For the record, about 6,000 people live in Kodiak.) That means Pitbull will be there next week, and he wants troublemaker Thorpe by his side. The rapper tweeted at Thorpe that he should come along for the show, and apparently the trip is on him. Thorpe had been planning to foot the bill with help from the Phoenix. “I’m delighted to report that Pitbull stepped up to pay my way,” Thorpe told us by e-mail yesterday. “Mr. Worldwide honors his invitations like a true gentleman.”

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