DISCLAIMER: The following article is an April Fool’s Day article. Although it may relate to real people or events, it is not factual.
UPDATE: Corey Annan actually brought Taylor Swift to formal.
Can you imagine how you would feel if you took your celebrity love interest to your school event? Senior Television and Digital Media Major Corey Annan is set to do just that.
At the start of the semester, Annan knew he had to do something memorable for his final months at Montclair State University. He asked his friends at his fraternity for ideas to help trigger something in his brain. One of the brothers asked, “Would it be crazy if we brought a celebrity to our ceremony?” And that’s when Annan knew exactly what to do.
As a lifelong Taylor Swift fan, he knew there was only one celebrity he would want to go with.
“I still listen to it,” Annan said. “In my car, while walking around campus, and especially if I’m on AUX at a party.”
Now that Annan knew who he wanted to talk to, he had to figure out how he would ask her. He then realized that the best way to do this was through social media.
“I had seen people asking other celebrities to prom on social media and they always got a lot of attention,” Annan said. “It had to be the only way to get to [Swift].”
Annan coerced his friends at The Montclarion into helping him create a TikTok to Swift’s song “You Belong With Me.” He ended the video with a sign reading “Do you want to go formal with me?”
Within days, Annan’s video had reached over 2 million TikTok accounts and racked up 600,000 likes. Feedback was encouraging; lots of people were tagging Swift or saying how much they liked the video.
“I owe a lot of the attention I got to my TikTok audience,” Annan said. “They really helped me.”
After a few weeks, Annan almost forgot about the proposal, until he took to Twitter and saw that Swift had retweeted his video with the comment “I LOVE this!” #Swifties are the best.
Annan, naturally, panicked. He immediately tweeted a thank you message to Swift.
A few more days had passed when he then received an email from Taylor Nation, Swift’s PR team. He was so surprised when he read the message.
“Taylor’s team basically reached out and said Taylor would like to come with me to my formal,” Annan said. “They asked for the name of my school and the date of the formal. We went back and forth with emails and then they sent me her flight confirmation and a personal note from Taylor saying how excited she was to go and that she had never been to a dance before.
In a few weeks, Annan will enter his formal fraternity with his lifelong crush. He’s excited to dance with her, especially to a particular song.
“I’ll ask the DJ to play [Swift’s] song ‘Lover’ so we can dance to it,” Annan said. “You never know what can come out of it.”