November 12, 2014
Alex Laboeuf, a 16-year-old from Texas has quickly become the latest twitter sensation. He instantly rose to fame after a young girl posted a picture of him working the check out at a Target store. The photo went viral and even gained its own hashtag, #alexfromtarget
The high school student now has over 600,000 followers on Twitter, and he was even flown to Los Angeles to make an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.
His random rise to fame has many confused, including Ellen. During his interview, Ellen asked, “Do you sing, do you have any other talents?” “I can apparently bag groceries pretty well,” Labeouf replied. According to Labeouf, he was also extremely suprised and confused by his nearly instantaneous rise to fame. “These random girls that I had never met before came in and showed me my twitter page and it had 500,000 more followers, and I was just really confused,” Labeouf said. After appearing on the show, many speculate that Labeouf will become even more famous, while others believe his fame will quickly fade. CEO of 5W PR , Ronn Torossian said “We’re telling him to take any deal he can get right now and to make sure he is saving his money.”
Torossian also believes it would benefit Target to use Labeouf in international advertisements. Tech insider, Alyssa Bereznak said, “I wouldn’t be surprised to see him on Dancing With the Stars, or him getting his own Target sponsored Vine series.” Bereznak feels that Labeouf has the potential, but there is no guarantee his fame will continue to rise. “He could do a lot, but we don’t know if there’s any talent there so he could fizzle out pretty soon,” Bereznak said.
Some also speculate that the photo was posted as a publicity stunt dreamed up by Target. “Let us be completely clear, we had absolutely nothing to do with the creation, listing or distribution of the photo. And we have no affiliation whatsoever with the company that is taking credit for its results,” Target officials said.
Labeouf and the young girl who posted the photo have also both denied having anything to do with a Target publicity stunt. “I didn’t know the picture was taken or tweeted until my store manager showed it to me,” Labeouf said via Twitter. Twitter users around the globe continue to use the #alexfromtarget hashtag and have even started posting their own photos of young, attractive retail workers.