‘Corn Kid’ TikTok star becomes ‘corn-bassador’ of South Dakota


The “Corn Kid”, who turned a viral sensation on social Media after expressing his love for the vegetable, is now the “official corn-bassador” of South Dakota.

On Saturday, Governor Kristi Noem shared the information of an government proclamation that was signed on 3 September on Twitter that gave the lovable seven-year-old, Tariq, his new title.

“The Corn Kid came to South Dakota’s very own @Corn_Palace!!!,” she wrote. “Welcome to South Dakota Tariq, our official Corn-bassador! Eat lots of corn.”

Noem additionally tweeted images of Tariq at The Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota, the place he met a corn mascot and posed behind a cardboard cut-out of a fortress.

Within the doc, the state’s governor shared how Tariq “recently discovered that corn was real” and that he “believes wholeheartedly [that] it tastes good”.

“Tariq loves corn and encourages everyone to try it, even if it’s only a bite,” Noem continued. “Tariq’s willpower that corn is ‘awesome’ and ‘a big lump with knobs (and) juice has led him to be unable to imagine a more beautiful thing.”

Along with describing him as “an outstanding young man,” the proclamation acknowledged his Online success, adding: “Tariq’s a-maize-ing endorsement incorporates greater than a kernel of fact and has reached ears the world over through social Media.”

On Saturday, the governor’s workplace additionally shared a TikTok video of Tariq holding an ear of corn and saying: “Hi South Dakota. Have a corn-tastic day!”

Noem’s notice made a number of references to how Tariq went viral after doing an interview with the Instagram Collection “Recess Therapy”, the place he first praised corn for the way it tasted.

Whereas talking to sequence host Julian Shapiro-Barnum, Tariq may very well be seen consuming an ear of corn, earlier than he held it up and mentioned: “I mean, look at this thing. I can’t imagine a more beautiful thing.”

After sharing some of his different favorite issues, together with video games like conceal and search, he emphasised his love for corn and described how “it has the juice,” which is the half that he likes most about it.

He then concluded his interview, which has greater than two tens of millions likes, by saying that corn ought to solely value “one dollar”.

The video has prompted many responses on TikTok, together with a video by musical group Gregory Brothers. The group did a remix of Tariq’s interview and created a sound on the app known as, “It’s Corn.” As of 7 September, there have been greater than 656,100 TikTok movies made with the remix.

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