Photo of Kamloops teen jokingly asking PM Trudeau to prom goes viral

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KAMLOOPS - A local high school student is learning the power social media has after posting a photo of her inviting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to be her prom date.

After breaking up with her boyfriend last Friday, Nov. 20, Kashlee Taylor-Proulx, 17, decided she needed a joke to make her smile. Now without a date for prom, Taylor-Proulx decided to write “Justin Trudeau… Prom?” on a notebook and pose for a photo.

Since posting it on Facebook, the request has been shared more than 3,600 times. It's also been shared multiple times on Twitter.

“It’s crazy,” she says. “It’s a really good example of how big things can get. When you do something stupid and dumb, it can spread like wildfire.”

She says it would be neat if the Prime Minister would stop by the Beattie School of the Arts graduation this spring, but says she’s not counting on it.

Taylor-Proulx says she feels she wasn’t in the right mindset to think about her joke logically. She says people keep asking if this was a public plea from a celebrity crush.

"I didn’t mean for it to be like that. It was supposed to be a joke. There’s a lot of controversy around it. People need to understand that this is a joke and not be taken so seriously,” she says.

Since posting the picture on Friday, Taylor-Proulx says she’s received media calls from Niagara Falls and found her post on a Quebec website. She hasn’t heard anything from the Prime Minister’s Office.

“If it would have stayed this big, I probably would have picked Chris Pratt,” she says.



Everyone please share this so I can get the Canadian Prime Minister to be my prom date. #trudeauforprom2016

Posted by Kashlee Taylor-Proulx on Friday, November 20, 2015

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