Two Pearland residents, Jehv Maravilla and Christian Toledo, became social media stars for pulling a prank at a local McDonald’s. But this week, it took on a whole new level.
The two appeared on the “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Sept. 17, where they also each received $25,000 from the fast-food giant and were enlisted to appear in a future promotional campaign.
The two, who said they frequent the McDonald’s at 2815 Business Center Drive, near Pearland Town Center, said the prank was inspired in part by “Crazy Rich Asians,” and they wanted to inject more Asian representation into the store’s promotional posters.
The two created a poster designed to look like other McDonald’s posters but using themselves as the models and a Pearland community center as the backdrop.
Maravilla, 21, disguised himself as a McDonald’s staffer—complete with a uniform he found at a Goodwill store, a walkie-talkie and a homemade name badge—to place the poster on the wall. For two months, the poster went undetected, prompting him to tweet about the accomplishment, which then went viral and caught the attention of the show’s producers.
i noticed there was a blank wall at mcdonald’s so i decided to make this fake poster of me and my friend. It’s now been 51 days since i hung it up. pic.twitter.com/5OTf5aR4vm
— JΞVH M (@Jevholution) September 3, 2018
“It’s crazy. It’s surreal,” said Maravilla, who attended Dawson High School. “I just thought it would stay on the wall and get a few laughs.”
The poster has since been removed, as that location is now under renovation. The poster will be put up for auction to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Houston.