Teenage fans of the Teen Choice Awards are furious after discovering that the awards show is rigged.
Until the 2014 edition of the show aired on Sunday, naive fans had thought that their votes on the social media is the sole criterion for choosing the winners. So when it became clear that the TCAs producers pick their winners days before the voting normally ends, they became understandably pissed.
However, the anger escalated after Vine superstar Cameron Dallas fully exposed the show in a tweet that read, ‘It’s funny how they told me I won the Viner Award 6 days before the voting ended and made the runners up still tweet to vote for them.’
Another Vine celebrity Matthew Espinosa also tweeted, ‘Basically they picked the people almost 6 days before voting was done and used all of us for promotion.’
The to cap it all up, a fan posted a screenshot of a disclaimer that ran on the screen during the show, which clearly stated that the teens’ votes do not ultimately decide who wins an award:
Winners for the Teen Choice Awards are determined using the votes cast on TeenChoiceAwards.com. Votes are tabulated electronically and winners are determined based on the nominees in each category with the highest number of eligible votes. [Production company] Teenasaurus Rox reserves the right to choose the winner from the top four vote getters. The Olay Fresh Effects Breakout Star Award and Ultimate Choice Award were both chosen by Teenasaurus Rox.
Enraged fans made their disappointment clear on Twitter via various angry tweets, causing #TeensDontHaveAChoiceAwards to trend at the No.1 spot as the show went on.
‘Seriously I am never voting for the TCAs again,’ tweeted one angry fan. ‘My childhood has been a lie. All the times I spent voting for nothing, lol,’ another wrote.
TCAs reps are yet to comment on the issue.