He’s a real “Motherf**ker”. And now he’s been unmasked. Rahm Emanuel’s hilarious, foul-mouthed Twitter impostor has revealed his identity, delighting some and disappointing others who followed this popular parody account expecting for f-bomb-ridden poetry in their timelines every day.
@MayorEmanuel has over 40,000 followers as of March 1, and is still growing despite all indications that he will never tweet another tweet under this name. But that doesn’t mean the nearly 2,000 tweets aren’t the tweets of legend.
Following Rahm Emanuel’s departure from the White House and run (and subsequent victory) for mayor of Chicago, @MayorEmanuel built an alternative narrative that Chicago elite and Twitter users across America learned to love. The tweets from this account were riddled with curse words, but they told a hilarious, sometimes oddly touching, story of a man’s rise to prominence – and his ultimate sacrifice to save the universe by disappearing into a time vortex.
The mystery surrounding @MayorEmanuel’s identity is as much a part of the legend as the content of the tweets. The account was anonymous during its entire run, and Emanuel himself even offered $5,000 to the charity of his or her choice if the owner of the account revealed their identity. Now it looks like he’ll have to pay up.
The Atlantic got an exclusive interview with the man behind @MayorEmanuel – punk rock-loving, Knight Fellowship-receiving professor Dan Sinker.
The Atlantic has a lengthy profile of Sinker, examining his background, why he started the @MayorEmanuel Twitter account, and his thoughts on the man himself. Here’s a snippet:
“From the start, the account began to take off. After three tweets, Sinker himself retweeted a message and @MayorEmanuel had a few hundred followers in just a few hours. Within two days, it had 1,000 followers, largely on the quality of its industrial-strength swearing. “At the beginning, a lot of the mental amusement was putting two words together, one of them is profanity and maybe the other one is also profanity and it’s kind of weird,” he recalled.”
@MayorEmanuel may have signed off, but he has left an indelible mark on Chicago. His Twitter followers mourn him, and Emanuel himself had said that admires him. At least now we have some insight into the man behind one of the most literary and poignant Twitter parody accounts of our time.