When you’re a public figure like “Jeopardy!” champion Ken Jennings, you sometimes get to enjoy free stuff. Companies everywhere would love the opportunity to have people with a large audience wear their attire or use their products. And when Jennings posted a picture of some canned food in June, he got more than he bargained for.
These days, it seems like we’re constantly seeing influencers making deals with brands that provide them with an endless supply of their product or service. What did the “Jeopardy!” icon get? If he wanted something cool like fitness gear or electronics, he was out of luck.
Instead, his fans took it upon themselves to send Jennings a bunch of different Napoleon brand canned food products. The items call back to the canned hearts of palm his kids tucked into at one of their sleepovers in June.
And it wasn’t just a casual smattering of Napoleon products. No. It looks like someone bought an entire store’s worth of canned, jarred, and boxed items for the “Jeopardy!” star. You could feed an army with the haul.
And we’d be remiss if we failed to mention the presence of clams. These harken back to a few weeks ago when “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak appropriately made a joke about being an influencer, posting a photo of a can of chopped clams.
Game shows, influencers, canned clams… Coincidence? We think not. Granted, Pat Sajak prefers a different company’s clams. But still.
The ‘Jeopardy!’ Champ’s Twitter Followers Chime In
Given the circumstances under which Ken Jennings received a bunch of free food, Twitter users followed his example. They tried to channel that same energy and manifest their own free stuff by mentioning things.
“Oooh, I like tuna in water. I like refried beans. Low sodium lots of things. Daughter a fan of spag-ettios. I also like those “false cans” that are really safes. I especially like the ones already full of jewelry or cash. Ken Jennings is the man,” one Twitter user wrote, hoping that the mention of jewels and cash would net them a profit.
What Jennings failed to mention is that this strategy really only works if you’re a beloved personality with half a million followers on social media. But that didn’t deter the fans from trying.
“Ferrari. (worth a shot),” one optimistic Twitter user replied.
“Hey Ken, do you have a favorite brand of solid gold bars?” Another added, presumably trying to see what Fort Knox would be willing to part with for the sake of a little publicity.
Of all the free things a social media influencer could be sent for free, food might be the most underrated of all. Jennings isn’t going to have to stock up for a long while.