Celebrity, it seems, can be at least temporarily transferable.
Sit-com star and Kansas City, Kansas, native Eric Stonestreet has used social media and the sort of disposable income that comes from his TV work to direct cash and Twitter fame to a member of the Kansas Highway Patrol.
“Trooper Ben,” the nom de Twitter for Trooper Ben Gardner, began piling up new Twitter followers after the man who plays Cameron on “Modern Family” backed the law enforcement officer's efforts to push the number of people following his tweets to 40,000.
Just a normal State Trooper trying to get to 40,000 twitter followers…
— Trooper Ben (@TrooperBenKHP) March 5, 2018
Stonestreet late Monday afternoon pledged a buck to the Seatbelts Are For Everyone campaign for every person who jumped onto the @TrooperBenKHP account in the following 24 hours, up to $10,000.
— Eric Stonestreet (@ericstonestreet) March 5, 2018
SAFE is run by teenagers and aims to get them to buckle up.
By mid-day Tuesday, the trooper's number of followers had zoomed from 39.800 to more than 48,600. And he appeared thrilled.
My Iphone and Macbook Pro is over heating with all these notifications from twitter !
— Trooper Ben (@TrooperBenKHP) March 6, 2018