Israeli newspaper Haaretz turned many heads on Thursday afternoon when it referred to Sen. Al FrankenAl FrankenWhat killing net neutrality means for the internet Overnight Tech: Net neutrality fight descends into trench warfare | Zuckerberg visits Ford factory | Verizon shines light on cyber espionage Franken, top Dems blast FCC over net neutrality proposal MORE (D-Minn.) as “gay” on Twitter.
The tweet was deleted minutes later, but not before it raised several eyebrows for its mischaracterization of Franken’s sexuality.
Franken, a former "Saturday Night Live" player, married his college sweetheart, Franni Bryson, in 1975. They have two children together.
“Does his wife know?” inquired one follower.
wow i had no idea al franken was jewish pic.twitter.com/P61Uft5jsS— andy levy (@andylevy) August 13, 2015
Haaretz, Israel’s oldest daily newspaper, is often referred to as the Israeli paper of record and “the Israeli New York Times.”
It remains unclear what prompted the tweet; a request for comment was not immediately returned.
UPDATE 7:00 p.m.: Haaretz has since tweeted a retraction, calling the previous post a "misfired tweet":