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Sorry, Trolls: Taylor Swift Declines to Perform at Horace Mann School for the Deaf

After trolls galvanized to game a contest, Ms. Swift is sending a $50,000 donation to a school in Boston.
 Sorry, Trolls: Taylor Swift Declines to Perform at Horace Mann School for the Deaf

Tip o’ the hat to ya, Reddit. (Photo: CMT)

Shimmery fairydust composite Taylor Swift, who floats instead of walks and subsists entirely on a nutritional diet of rainbows, has decided not to let the trolls ruin a good contest.

Back in August, Reddit and 4chan galvanized for the all-important cause of gaming a VH1 competition that would send Ms. Swift to perform at a school that received the highest amount of votes. Soon, a hoard of trolls began liking Ms. Swift on Facebook and voting to send her to the Horace Mann School for the Deaf in Boston.

(Get it? Sending a musician to a school for kids who can’t hear music? “Lulz.”)

Though Horace Mann garnered enough votes to situate it comfortably as a finalist, Ms. Swift and co. decided to axe it from the running due to the mean-spirited reason behind its vote gathering. Instead, they teamed up with the contest’s sponsors and VH1 to send a monetary gift of $50,000. All Horace Mann students will also get a ticket to the next Boston-area Taylor Swift show.

Jeremiah Ford, Horace Mann’s principal, was delighted with the outcome. “Are we the winner? Absolutely,” he told Boston.com

In the case of the flaxen-haired unicorn whisperer vs. the trolls, it appears nobility has triumphed. Besides, Internet, why you gotta be so mean?

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