drawString() does not draw escape sequences

I’m using the twitcurl library to pull Twitter data which I then draw to the screen. The data contains lots of escape sequences (ie /223) but when I print the tweet to the console it gets parsed at run time and I get the literal value. However, when I use the drawString function it doesn’t print any escape sequences to the screen.

How do I handle this?

Ideally, when I parse the JSON there is some kind of decoder to handle escape sequences.