Shaun Fontenot, originator of 'downtown Chattanooga' meme, did it 'just for a laugh'

American Facebook user Shaun Fontenot spawned a viral meme among Singaporeans by saying that Marina Bay Sands is located in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee.
SINGAPORE - The "Downtown Chattanooga" meme was created by a 19 year old teen named Shaun Fontenot and he started a GoFundMe page so that Singaporeans can sponsor a trip to our sunny city for him.
He made this fateful post "just laughable" and didn't expect it to go viral, he told Yahoo Lifestyle SEA.
Shaun Fontenot posted a photo of Singapore's Marina Bay Sands, but laughingly called it "Downtown Chattanooga". (Photo: Shaun Fontenot)
Last Monday, Shaun sparked a viral phenomenon among Singaporeans after posting a photo of Singapore's integrated resort, Marina Bay Sands, but identifying it as "downtown Chattanooga" in the state of Tennessee, USA, where he lives.
Thousands of Singaporean internet users responded with memes faking his obvious mistake.
Shaun's original post has generated more than 17,000 reactions, 18,000 comments, and 15,000 shares to date. Some Singaporeans have reached out to Shaun with heartfelt messages, grateful for the entertainment the memes brought them during a lockdown.
American Facebook user Shaun Fontenot spawned a viral meme among Singaporeans by saying that Marina Bay Sands is located in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee.
When asked by Yahoo Lifestyle SEA why he made this post, Shaun replied, “I just said it to make people in my town laugh because we don't have anything like it here. I never expected it to be that big. much less reach Singapore but glad it is and many invite me and want me to visit so I started a GoFundMe to visit Singapore after the pandemic! "
Shaun, who told us he works as a roofer - a construction worker who specializes in building roofs - said he appreciated the support from everyone in Singapore.
When asked if he had ever been to Marina Bay Sands or Singapore, Shaun said, “I was neither there nor did I know Singapore before I was posted. However, a lot of people have told me so much about it and showed me so many beautiful pictures of it that I just have to visit it! "Said Shaun.
Shaun's crowdfunding goal is $ 10,000 (approximately $ 13,400). "A Singapore resident actually told me that this was the right amount to spend a night in the hotel / casino and explore the country a bit!" said Shaun.
We wish Shaun the best of luck with his crowdfunding goal!
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