Internet Sensation Ken Bone Accused of ‘Selling Out’ over Uber Ad

Rick T. Wilking/Pool Photo via AP
Rick T. Wilking/Pool Photo via AP

Ken Bone, the man who became an internet sensation after asking a question at the last presidential debate, has gone from hero to villain in the eyes of some after using his newfound fame to promote Uber.

Bone was part of the town hall presidential debate in which members of the audience asked questions, with his question focusing on presidential candidates Donald Trump’s and Hillary Clinton’s policies on America meeting its future energy needs.

“What steps will your energy policy take to meet our energy needs while at the same time remaining environmentally friendly and minimizing job loss for fossil power plant workers?” he asked.

Bone quickly became an internet sensation, characterized by his red sweater, thick rimmed glasses, and his mustache. He quickly became a trending topic on Twitter, with his followers rising from 7 to 220,000.

“Everyone wants to know if I’ve decided … and I have. uberSELECT helps you ride in style like me,” Bone wrote in a tweet.

While headlines from CNN, the New York Daily News, and CNET accused Bone of “selling out,” the loveable debate standout still seems to have plenty of fans on social media.

It remains unclear how much Bone was paid for the advertisement, although he has previously turned down $100,000 to appear on an adult webcam channel.

“I’m not a millionaire and they’re not hurling money at me,” Bone told the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

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