NEW FAVORITE THING: The Aaron Schock Gay Parody Twitter

You're working some fierce side-eye there, Mr. Schock.

You’re working some fierce side-eye there, Mr. Schock.

If you’re in mourning that the severely homophobic (and, might I add, severely hot) Republican congressman Aaron Schock’s Instagram account was locked down after being “outed“ by journalist Itay Hod, then you’re in luck. There’s a rather humorous and oh-so-juicy parody replacement on Twitter: @GayRepSchock.

With a bio that reads, “I’m not gay, I’m FABULOUS,” a shirtless profile pic from Schock’s now infamous Men’s Health photo shoot, and hashtags with the likes of #DontTellBoehner, #TeamSchocker, and #TheseABS, the account is a humorous reminder that Schock’s speculated sexuality is all the more hypocritical given his extreme anti-gay voting record.

Here’s a taste of some of Gay Aaron Shock‘s tweets:

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Live Feed of Brian Sims and Mike Schlossberg’s Twitter Town Hall on LGBT Equality

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Starting at 7 p.m. tonight, State Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Brian Sims will host a “Twitter Town Hall” on LGBT equality in Pennsylvania. You can tweet your questions to them with the hashtag #PaEquality. The reps. say they’re ready to discuss everything — from PA marriage equality news to the status of HB 300, the bill that would make it illegal for a PA business to fire someone because of their sexual identity or orientation. So let the questions fly.

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TONIGHT: State Reps. Brian Sims and Mike Schlossberg to Host Twitter Town Hall on LGBT Equality

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Tonight Pennsylvania State Representatives Mike Schlossberg (D-Lehigh) and Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) will host a “Twitter Town Hall,” live from the state Capitol. The social-media event is meant to give constituents the opportunity to check up on the progress of legislation related to LGBT equality in the Commonwealth.

Among the topics that the lawmakers expect to discuss are same-sex marriage and the long-awaited LGBT non-discrimination bill, HB300, that’s still awaiting movement in the House of Representatives. The latter measure would include gender identity and sexual orientation to PA’s Human Relations Commission legislation, protecting LGBT people from being fired from their jobs or being asked to leave a place of business just for being gay. (Can you believe that’s actually legal?)

The town hall will take place tonight between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. To join the conversation, tweet Schlossberg (@RepSchlossberg) or Sims (@RepSims) with the hashtag #paequality, or message them on their respective Facebook pages: Sims, Schlossberg. A host of other Philly legislators will also be available for questions, including Reps. Michelle Brownlee (@repbrownlee), Brendan Boyle (@repbrendanboyle), Stephen Kinsey (@repkinsey), and Senator Larry Farnese (@larryfarnese).

Follow the live feed of tonight’s discussion here:

Top 10 Philadelphia Tweets of 2013


It’s end-of-year time, and you know what that means: Lists!

Okay, most things on the Internet are in list form now, but December is still a time when news organizations dump non-stories into top 10 packages and call it news. This column will be no different! As you can tell from the headline, it’s a list of the top 10 Philadelphia tweets of the year.

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Twitter Fight! About that Epic Tom Ferrick-Helen Gym Dust-Up

I feel your pain, Tom Ferrick.

I once got caught up in the emotions of the moment when Philebrity slammed a post by Greg Meckstroth on the blog I edit that slammed a facelift that the legendary local hangout Doobies Bar gave itself for not making the place look more like Ubar.

I jumped into the fray in the comments section — and quickly argued myself into a corner from which I couldn’t extricate myself. Greg, of course, was entitled to his opinion, and others are free to disagree, even obnoxiously, with that opinion. But usually, when that disagreement takes the form of a zinger, taking on the dart-thrower makes the respondent — not the critic — look like a hypersensitive fool.

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The Best and Worst Tweets from the Live Sound of Music

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NBC executives must be kicking themselves for not airing the live three-hour Sound of Music special during the all-important November ratings book. The ratings are the best Thursday night numbers that NBC has been able to garner since the days of Friends, Seinfeld and ER.

18.5 million homes were tuned to NBC primetime last night. The latest rendition of the 50-year-old Rogers and Hammerstein musical did especially well with young viewers. The live event got a 4.6 rating with those between 18-49, an elusive demographic for the networks. That is the best rating in that age range for NBC since the finale of Frasier in 2004.

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UPDATE: City Paper Is Out of Twitter Jail


UPDATE: After more than 24 hours on some sort of Twitter spam list, the City Paper‘s Twitter operations are now back to normal.

ORIGINAL: Like almost all news organizations these days, Philadelphia’s City Paper relies heavily on its social media presence to get eyes on its stories, which, in many cases, expose societal ills and evils. The alt-weekly has over 26,500 followers on Twitter. But since Wednesday morning, the newspaper has had problems sharing stories there. Read more »

6 Non-Racist Tweets About the First Asian-American Miss America

I didn’t watch the Miss America pageant Sunday, but boy oh boy did I hear about it.

New York’s Nina Davuluri became the first Indian American (and Asian American) to win the Miss America title, and news of the racist tweets marking her as “a dot head,” an “Arab,” and a “terrorist” began flooding my newsfeeds almost immediately.

I won’t recount a long list of some of the most heinous tweets aimed at Davuluri, but here are a few that have received a LOT of attention:

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Why Has Mayor Nutter Disappeared From Twitter?

In the past week, a number of people have asked me some version of the same question: “What’s up with Mayor Nutter’s Twitter account?”

No, the Mayor didn’t delete his Twitter account after some provocative late night tweets. And it hasn’t been hacked by Anonymous.

It’s just that the Mayor hasn’t tweeted in a while. Other than a July 4th retweet of comedian Kevin Hart, who tweeted an Instagram photo of himself with Nutter backstage at the Parkway concert, our normally Twitter-prone Mayor hasn’t been active at all on Twitter since June 17th, when he sent out two tweets, one of them congratulating chef Marc Vetri on his upcoming Navy Yard project.
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