Jim Kenney Tweets: About Pot, Soft Porn, Jasmine Oil and the Pope

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Almost three years ago, writing for the Daily News, Citified’s own Holly Otterbein and DN staffer Will Bender broke the news that City Councilman Jim Kenney was paying social media company Chatterblast $28,000 to, basically, tweet for him. “I, at 53 years old, do not have that facility,” Kenney told the Daily News back then.

Au contraire, councilman.

You’ve heard about Kenney’s Twitter feed. The jabs at Chris Christie. The occasional cursing at constituents. The mystery of who tweeted his “Legalize Now!” call to arms. That was entertaining enough, as far as it went. But those are just the made-for-radio hits. We at Citified challenge you to go deeper, to check out the B-sides; his obsession with Fox 29, his opinion on exotic fragrances, his not-remotely-blind items about the Nutter administration, his justifiable fury at d-bags in bars. Kenney’s Twitter feed is Philadelphia’s id, parsed into thousands of 140-character bits. The hoagiemouth veritably oozes through the screen.

“Twitter is kind of stupid and it’s kind of funny and it’s supposed to be used that way,” says Kenney, who might run for mayor but probably won’t. “People take it way too serious. This is basically throwaway crap you do when the feeling hits you.”

But enough preamble. Here’s what happens when the feeling hits Kenney.

Kenney tweets… about pop culture.
Kenney tweets… about social justice and the man.
Kenney tweets… about the vagaries and tribulations of life.
Kenney tweets… about exotic scents.
Kenney tweets… about the mysterious, majestical and grotesque nature of Philadelphia.
Kenney tweets… about the Nutter administration.
Kenney tweets… about dopes on Twitter.
Kenney tweets… about Fox 29.
Kenney tweets… about d-bags in bars.
Kenney tweets… about marijuana decriminalization.
Kenney tweets… about Sriracha.
Kenney tweets… about the media.
Kenney tweets… about the mutterland.
Kenney tweets… about sports.
Kenney tweets… about the pope.
Kenney tweets… about unblocking me on Twitter.
Kenney tweets… about It’s a Wonderful Life.
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31 Best Philadelphia Tweets of 2014

Last year, I named my top 10 Philadelphia tweets of 2013. In 2014, I planned to keep track of my favorite tweets week by week.

Instead, I remembered I should try to compile the year’s best tweets sometime in October. I crowdsourced a few and went back through my favorites, and compiled a list of 31 of my favorite tweets this year. Some were chosen for their newsworthiness, but most were just jokes I liked.

My Favorite Philly Tweet This Year

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Gay Sports Bar Boxers in Hot Water for Offensive Tweets

Boxers NYC, the father bar of the Gayborhood’s newest gay watering hole Boxers PHL is feeling the heat after a series of offensive messages were tweeted from its account on Twitter.

It all started after Reverend Al Shartpon tweeted a response to the horrible shooting of two cops this weekend in Brooklyn. He said:

That’s when someone from Boxers account tweeted:

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Jill Scott Stands Up For Bill Cosby On Twitter

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Philly-bred singer/actress Jill Scott took to Twitter yesterday to defend Bill Cosby following a string of sexual assault allegations against him that have been resurfacing recently. It all started when a fan tweeted that she heard Scott was taking sides with Cosby.

And it continued …

(h/t The Root)

On Twitter, Curt Schilling Battles Philly Bloggers over Evolution

Last night on his Twitter account, former Phillies pitcher Curt Schilling (aka @gehrig38) got into it with some Philadelphia Phillies bloggers. They weren’t talking about a possible rebuild for the Fightin’ Phils or debating the merits of the 1993 Phillies’ starting rotation. No, they were arguing evolution.

Here’s how it started:

Yes, Curt Schilling attempted to convince people on Twitter that the theory of evolution was wrong with a YouTube video. This… seems like the wrong way to go about it, but, hey, tweet about whatever you want.

Schilling, of course, got a lot of blowback after posting the video. But most amusing was that he argued with Phillies bloggers Ryan Sommers and Zoo With Roy.

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Philly’s 10 Best Pro Athletes on Twitter

References to the Almighty God. Mentions of Jesus Christ. Bible verse citations. Heads up about heading into practice. Vague references to “grinding” and/or “putting in work.” Thanking Uber for the ride. The Twitter lives of many Philadelphia professional athletes can be pretty banal.

But that doesn’t mean all of them are social media dullards. Here, in no particular order, are the 10 Philly jocks who make it a point to bring their best game on Twitter — follow-worthy, all of them.

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Missanelli: The Real Story Behind the Victor Cruz Tweet

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We all have things we want to do when the job is over and after this week, I have decided that I’m going to create a chain of rehabilitation centers for Twitter addicts.

In 2014, you can get hooked on Twitter more easily than crack. Crack at least requires money that you have to get from somewhere. Twitter is free and can be used by anyone — from the boardroom executive to the 14-year-old boy postulating from his mother’s basement. Twitter can be informational and enlightening. And it can also be very dangerous — a phenomenon that gives everyone the power to publish any thought, without endorsement or accountability.  It’s where Average Joe can be judge, jury and hangman on any particular subject.  And it’s a power we plunge deeply into our veins like the worst addict in a dark and seedy alley.

When it’s all said and done, I’m going to do my part with these rehab centers. I know a lot about this topic because I have been both a Twitter player and a victim.

In the third quarter of Sunday night’s Eagles-Giants game, right after the Giants’ Victor Cruz dropped a touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone, I tweeted: “Hey Giants fans, Victor Cruz is over. Dance to that.” It was s spur-of-the moment tweet, which all of us in sports talk radio do from time to time. It was intended both to pander to the Eagle fan base for which I do my daily show, and to take a shot at the Giants, who occasionally infiltrate our area with their own brand of braggadocio. And on the surface, it seemed like a heartless thing to write, especially when Cruz subsequently collapsed with a ripped-up leg.

What got lost in the shuffle is that I never saw the player get hurt.

Many people, especially angry Giants fans, have asked how that is possible. Well, here is the story, letter by letter:

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Missanelli Apologizes for Cruz Injury Tweet

Mike Missanelli, a host on 97.5 The Fanatic, is an unpopular man in New York this morning after he sent out a taunting Tweet in the wake of Victor Cruz’s injury in the Giants’ game against the Eagles.

That Tweet is even on the cover of the New York Daily News today:

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