Congressman’s weird, NSFW ‘Benihana’ tweet was a staffer’s fault

Can we really trust that Rep. Keith Ellison enjoys Weird Twitter like the rest of us?

 

Kevin Collier

Tech

Published Aug 11, 2014   Updated May 30, 2021, 7:16 pm CDT

Sure, plenty of people enjoy a nice Japanese dinner prepared by a chef who’s got great knife skills.

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But among official Twitter accounts belonging to members of Congress, only that of Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) take it up several notches by retweeting Weird Twitter‘s statement of “hell yeah benihana up in this bitch,” accompanied by a photo of an absolute disaster of homemade cooking: raw meat sizzling bare on a junky stove.

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hell yeah benihana up in this bitch pic.twitter.com/n9vwx4r9yn

— michael (@michaeljhudson) June 23, 2014

As noticed by the Sunlight Foundation’s Politwoops service, @keithellison almost immediately deleted the retweet, and it would have likely gone unnoticed if there weren’t bots to automatically log every single deleted tweet by a member of Congress.

An aide for Ellison, requesting anonymity, took the blame for the retweet, telling the Daily Dot that it was an honest mistake, meant to be from a personal account, and that Ellison doesn’t actually cook food scattered on his stove like some kind of animal.

Update: After speaking with the Daily Dot on the condition of anonymity, Ellison staffer Isi Kirshner-Breen has publicly taken responsibiity for the errant Benihana tweet.

The tweet deleted from @keithellison last night was my mistake. For the record, I love Benihana. http://t.co/3cw15W55X9

— Isi Kirshner-Breen (@isikirshner) August 11, 2014

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Photo via Keith Ellison (CC BY SA 2.0) | Remix by Jason Reed

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*First Published: Aug 11, 2014, 1:44 pm CDT