When Iowa State Student, Carson King, went to a football game with a comical sign under his arm, he had no idea that his life was about to change. In fact, I think it's safe to say that King's life will never be the same again.
Continue scrolling to learn all about this epic story. Seriously, it has as many twists and turns as an Agatha Christie novel.
In a classic student move...
Carson King was just after a couple of six-packs.
via: ShutterstockThe twenty-four-year-old student was only looking to see if he could wangle himself a couple of beers. What actually happened was that Carson's sign made it on to TV and thousands of people responded to the request. Overnight, the beer fund had reached an extraordinary total...
Once the total had reached $28,000, King announced that he would donate it all.I mean, there are plenty of students out there that would have kept the money. That kind of dough could have certainly helped toward his college fees - heck, it could have also bought him a lifetime's supply of beer.
After Busch Beer learned about King's selfless act, they decided to chip in.Carlson King decided that he would donate any money raised to a children's hospital. After he thanked all of his donators and announced that any money raised would go to a children's hospital, the student's beer fund continued to grow at rapid speed. Busch beer announced that they would match any total King raised, and the people at Venmo also said that they would contribute to the final total, too.
Almost overnight, the student was raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity.Day after day, the beer fund grew to extraordinary heights. Carson, with the endorsement of Busch Beer, even had a beer made with his face on it! The student's face was all over the internet.
Then it all came crashing down.
The saddest thing about this is there was no political spin to Carson King. It was literally just a story about a g… https://t.co/0D7ebFJhLb— Greg Price (@Greg Price)1569385329.0
Now we've all written stupid stuff on the internet...For those unfortunate enough to have been a teenager during the dawn of social media, we've all got skeletons. Whether you got into petty arguments with someone from school on your Facebook wall, or you retweeted cringy posts on Twitter... everyone made mistakes in the early days of the internet.
Some people go through the laborious process of deleting their internet past.If you're a paranoid Polly or a member of Congress, you might delete all of your cringy posts. Posts don't only get deleted for being embarrassing. Sometimes, we did or said something in our past that could result in the defamation of our character in the present. Unless you're the president, of course, he gets away with anything. From posting racist, misogynistic tweets, to bullying Kristen Stewart... no one seems to care.
Aaron Calvin made out in his "expose" that King was the worst.In his Des Moines Register piece about the fundraiser, Calvin explained that he had carried out a "routine background check of King’s social media." As you do... He revealed that what he found deeply disturbed him. In his report, he wrote that he discovered "two racist jokes, one comparing black mothers to gorillas and another making light of black people killed in the Holocaust." What he fails to mention is that these tweets dated back to when King was a sixteen-year-old high school student.
Calvin also failed to mention the context behind the tweets...
via: IMDb.comI think it's worth mentioning that the racist tweets were not jokes made up by King. He was actually quoting from a popular comedy show called Tosh.0. The show was pretty big in 2012 and it's no surprise that a sixteen-year-old boy was quoting it online.
Carson King was ashamed of the tweets and deleted them.Carson issued a public apology and even thanked the Des Monde Register reporter for making him aware of the old tweets. I mean, you can't say fairer than that, right?
Busch Beer dropped King as quick as they'd snapped him up.
"Carson King had multiple social media posts that do not align with our values as a brand or as a company."… https://t.co/LKK0sk2Cnj— John Mahoney 🇺🇸 (@John Mahoney 🇺🇸)1569376944.0
Aaron Calvin sure smells like sh*t.
via: TwitterAfter Calvin's public slaying of Carson King, people decided that they ought to give the journalist a taste of his own medicine. Going through some of Aaron Calvin's old tweets revealed that he was way worse! In fact, Calvin's now-deleted tweets reveal him to be a pretty awful character.
Is this not racist, Calvin?
via: TwitterIt's amazing how so many people live in glass houses.
"Don't talk to strange gay men."
via: TwitterI don't think that many gay men would like to speak to you, Mr. Calvin.
via: TwitterCalvin has now made his Twitter private. Coward.
He did issue a public apology...
via: TwitterBut I mean... come on. After dragging a genuinely nice guy's name through the mud, it turns out that your Twitter past is way worse and that's all you can say?
Des Monde Register issued a statement regarding the King scandal.
A statement from our editor: https://t.co/ZH9AhcrYbg— Des Moines Register (@Des Moines Register)1569383316.0
What, so no big expose of Aaron Calvin?
The Register is aware of reports of inappropriate social media posts by one of our staffers, and an investigation has begun.— Des Moines Register (@Des Moines Register)1569387625.0
Why always look for the bad?
What’s happening with #CarsonKing is a prime example of our culture today.... constantly and intentionally looking… https://t.co/IEuNktwJpF— Jodi Long (@Jodi Long)1569376475.0