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65-Year-Old Man Attempts To Beat Ellen’s Selfie Retweet Record

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Ellen DeGeneres’ star-studded selfie was hands-down the most viral moment of this year’s Academy Awards.

Within just a few hours, her snapshot with Jennifer Lawrence, Brangelina, Meryl Streep, and more was retweeted more than 2 million times, breaking the all-time record President Obama previously held.

That monster response hasn’t scared off 65-year-old Terry Shipman. The Texan small business owner is campaigning to beat Ellen’s record with a selfie of his own.

When Shipman first sent out the tweet, he only had a follower count in the single digits.

Well, with a little help from son, his picture has been retweeted nearly 135,000 times and he’s racked up 6,931 followers. Not too shabby!

“I was just totally amazed,’’ Shipman told Carson during an interview on the TODAY show. “It was just kind of as a lark last (Tuesday) evening. Obviously I saw the selfie being taken on the Oscars, and then I did see the photo on the Internet and saw she had three million-plus retweets.

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“I took that photograph, tweeted it to my son who was at a Houston Rockets game, then he and his roommate retweeted it a couple times, and then their phones started blowing up,” he continued. “My daughter was then calling saying it had been retweeted 900 times, and that this was a big deal.”

Will Shipman beat Ellen’s record? With 3.3 million retweets and counting, it’s an uphill battle, but she’s not the only one with some celebrity support. Supermodel Chrissy Teigen is chipping in to help Terry’s cause:


-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles

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