Brandon Scott Wolf didn’t ask to be a leader. He’s asking you to be a follower.
The NYC-based comedian and creator of DateBrandonScottWolf.com and FightBrandonScottWolf.com has now launched FollowBrandonScottWolf.com: his attempt to increase his Twitter following to 100,000 in order to make a convincing case to the government that his Twitter account is a religion. Added benefit: He can then file as a religion and not pay taxes.
“It’s a religion for everyone,” he says. “Even the people who say, ‘Brandon, what you’re doing is offensive.”
If Wolfwho currently has a decidedly not-a-religion 8,473 followersis successful in hitting the 100,000 mark, he plans to “file the necessary paperwork under Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”) section 501(c)(3) to be viewed as an actual religion in the eyes of the United States government.”
This isn’t as wild as you might think: John Oliver did something similar in 2015, creating a legally recognized church called “Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption.” Oliver eventually shut the project down, and all donations to the church ultimately went to Doctors Without Borders.
“With enough followers, I’m pretty sure it’s possible to legally transition my ‘fan base,’ which is comprised primarily of my mom’s friends, into a tax-exempt ‘religion’,” Wolf says.
In Wolf’s eyes, his timeline is church and his Tweets are the Bible.
“Just look at other legitimate religions like Judaism, Scientology, or that weird one with the spaghetti monster God,” he explains. “They’re all religions.Religions that have successfully transitioned from small, devout fan bases like mine to being recognized as real religions.Real, legitimate, tax-exempt religions. FollowBrandonScottWolf.com is no different.”
Salvation is only a click away.