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Twitter is freaking out over the fact that Jon Ossoff likes anime

This is what comes from analyzing the Twitter history of millennial politicians.


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Internet Culture

Posted on Jan 6, 2021

This week’s Georgia runoff election has some very serious implications. But one corner of the internet is focusing on a very specifically un-serious angle. Namely, that Georgia’s new senator-elect Jon Ossoff is an anime fan.

33-year-old Democrat Jon Ossoff campaigned against Republican David Perdue, in a high-stakes race that will determine the balance of the Senate. And while Ossoff doesn’t drop as many pop culture references as fellow Georgia politician Stacey Abrams, he does have one viral anime tweet lurking in his internet history. Weirdly enough, it’s an endorsement for an anime version of Les Miserables, posted in 2013 while he was studying for his master’s degree.

There’s also this rather cringey tweet from 2014. Boldly un-deleted after six whole years!

Despite not posting anything else anime-related on main, anime fans are claiming him as one of their own.

By millennial social media standards, this is extremely tame stuff. As more millennial and gen-Z candidates begin to run for office, it’s only a matter of time before the internet sleuths unearth something more dramatic. Like, say, a DeviantArt account.

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*First Published: Jan 6, 2021, 9:23 am CST