The world still adores internet sensation “Corn Kid” Tariq. Over the weekend, the 7-year-old boy was declared South Dakota’s “official corn bassador.”
On Saturday, Governor Kristi Noem’s office tweeted an official proclamation naming September 3 “Official Corn Bassador Tariq Day” with photos of the young internet star at “Corn Palace”, a corn-themed tourist attraction in the town of Mitchell.
“The Corn Kid came to South Dakota @Corn_Palace!!!” read the tweet.
The proclamation described the “exceptional young man”, adding: “Tariq’s endorsement contains more than a kernel of truth and has reached ears around the world via social media.”
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Tariq rose to fame this month for his interview with the Instagram series “Recess Therapy,” in which host Julian Shapiro-Barnum quizzes little kids with creative questions.
In his interview, Tariq answered questions about his favorite food. “For me, I really like corn,” he told Shapiro-Barnum. “Since I was told the corn was real, it tasted good.”
When asked if Tariq believed corn wasn’t real, he answered. “When I tried it with butter, everything changed!”
“I mean look at this thing,” Tariq exclaimed. “I can’t imagine a more beautiful thing.”
The adorable interview – in which Tariq praised the corn for being ‘a big chunk with buttons’ that is expected to cost ‘a dollar’ – has been liked nearly two million times and has sparked a duet from the musical group Gregory Brothers.
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The South Dakota Department of Tourism also shared photos of Tariq tweeting, “The Corn King has arrived” and “He’s got the juice!”