UPDATE: Jan. 5, 2021, 9:42 a.m. EST John Roderick, aka Bean Dad, has issued a prolonged apology on his website

In case you ventured onto Twitter throughout the first weekend of 2021, you had been most likely questioning why everybody was speaking about beans.

The reply: “Bean Dad” grew to become Twitter’s first “main character” of the 12 months, the one who has such a nasty take that individuals really feel compelled to dunk on them. 

On Saturday night, musician and podcaster John Roderick shared a story about his hungry 9-year-old daughter wanting some baked beans. Twenty-three tweets later, we bought the total story.

Principally, the kid needed to eat the baked beans. Roderick noticed this as a “instructing second.” He needed her to open the can herself. His daughter didn’t perceive how a can opener labored as a result of she is 9 years outdated. Roderick needed her to determine how the can opener labored herself. Six hours later, the annoyed 9-year-old discovered methods to open the can of beans with the can opener.

The story, and the tone by which it was advised, infuriated Twitter. “She’s 9,” “Apocalypse Dad,” and an exasperated all-caps “SIX HOURS” trended on Twitter all Sunday morning.

Individuals additionally had jokes.

The Bean Dad discourse was a lot that individuals felt they’d to participate.

Bean Dad clearly had to answer the unfavorable responses.

Now, as a father of two kids (a 5-year-old and a 1-and-a-half 12 months outdated), I can let you know that I personally wouldn’t make my kids spend six hours attempting to determine methods to open a can of beans. I additionally attempt to keep away from criticizing different parenting “kinds.” 

Roderick took 23 tweets to inform a narrative in essentially the most condescending approach doable. It is one thing you’d you do for those who had been attempting to make readers hate you.

And that is what made me suppose this entire story was written purposefully simply to get an increase out of individuals. A fan of Roderick’s podcast agrees.

This tracks, particularly if you think about that Ken Jennings of Jeopardy! fame is his podcast co-host.

So, what’s the ethical of this story?

It isn’t about parenting, or beans, or joke writing. To me, the ethical of the story was completely crafted by Twitter consumer @maplecocaine again in 2019.

Day-after-day, one individual’s tackle Twitter is so scorching, it units off an avalanche of criticism, turning that individual into the day’s “major character.” 

Despite the fact that we’re in a brand-new 12 months, full of latest hopes and desires… some issues stay the identical.

UPDATE: Jan. 3, 2021, 4:51 p.m. ET: One of many penalties of being Twitter’s “major character” of the day is that individuals begin actually wanting into your background. 

As outdated tweets of Roderick’s are dropped at gentle, maybe it is time for him to take after his podcast cohost, Ken Jennings, who lately needed to apologize for his personal outdated, insensitive tweets.

UPDATE: Jan. 3, 2021, 5:43 p.m. ET: The Twitter account for the podcast, “My Brother, My Brother, and Me,” introduced it could not be utilizing Roderick’s music on the present. 

UPDATE: Jan. 4, 2021, 2:40 p.m. AEDT: Roderick has now deleted or deactivated his whole Twitter account. Better of luck to tomorrow’s major character.


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