What about John Roderick, Bean Daddy, and “My Brother, My Brother and Me?”


As one of the first viral sensations of 2021, Bean Dad is making the rounds online. Sadly for Bean Dad, this is not for a good cause.

The viral protagonist has been punished by the internet for failing for six hours to help his daughter open a can of beans.

John Roderick of The Long Winters, whose song “(It’s A) Departure” was used as the introduction to the famous My Brother, My Brother And Me podcast, is the father in question. The McElroy family has been inspired to delete his song from their podcast by his latest tweets, along with other questionable remarks from the past. Here is how it came to be.

Who’s Daddy Bean?

John Roderick, the lead singer and guitarist for The Long Winters, is Bean Dad. Roderick recently reported what he called a “learning moment” for his daughter on Twitter – an appraisal with which the Internet disagreed, especially given his attitude and actions during the case.

Roderick described a situation where he was told by his nine-year-old daughter that she was hungry. He proposed opening a can of beans for her. He declined to teach her when she suggested that she didn’t know how to do it, instead insisting that she work it out on her own.

Six hours of hungry frustration culminated in this.

He made the procedure even more complex, instead of simply teaching his daughter how to use a can opener. When asked for more support from his daughter, Roderick instead talked sickly to his daughter about the tool.

I said, ‘The tool is made to be enjoyable, but it has no features that are superfluous.’

For a cause, anything that moves does so.’ She said,’ I despise you.’ I’m sure she believes that, too. I said,’ You know everything about how the instrument addresses the can.’ He wrote, she sighed.

The thread is very long in its entirety. It was archived here – after receiving criticism from other users, Roderick has since deleted his Twitter account.

My brother, my brother, and I have dropped the song

Twitter users started combing through the previous tweets of John Roderick after the “Bean Dad” incident and found that the singer has a history of making unsavory remarks in the name of ironic humor.

“Every time I use a word like ‘gay’ or ‘retarded,’ some gay douchebag reminds me that those words are hurtful,”Every time I use a word such as ‘gay’ or ‘retarded,’ some gay douchebag reminds me that those words are harmful.

“Activist (Jewish) judges and mudslinging apologists have perverted the 4th [Amendment].

“The Founders intended the United States to be a white homeland,” another 2013 tweet reads.

The McElroy brothers, the makers of the podcast My Brother, My Brother And Me, thought it was time to delete the song from Roderick’s intro.

“For reasons I’m sure you all know, we are in the process of finding new music for MBMBaM. You’ll probably hear a new theme song in the next episode. We’re honestly not sure what will come after that, but we hope you’ll stick around to find out,” tweeted the McElroy brothers.

“We appreciate John letting us use one of his songs as a theme for MBMBaM for nearly a decade, but his reaction to today’s situation is emblematic of a pattern of behavior that runs counter to the energy we try to bring to the things we do, and so it’s time for us to move on,” they continued.

The Long Winters’ John Roderick issues an apology

After withdrawing his Twitter account, John Roderick released an apology on his personal website.

The apology is quite long and relates to both the incident with Bean Dad and his other tweets.

“I framed the story with me being an asshole dad because that’s my comedic persona and my fans and friends know it’s ‘a bit,'” he wrote in part.

“I have been ignorant and insensitive to the message that my ‘pedant dad’ comedic persona is indistinguishable from how abusive fathers act, talk and think,” he continued.

As for the many racist, anti-Semitic, hurtful and expletive-laden tweets on Twitter from my early days, all I can say is this: all those tweets were intended to be satirical and sarcastic. … It was a lazy and toxic philosophy that I continued to believe long after the point that I should have known better, that since I was a hipster intellectual from a diverse culture, it was okay for me to joke and em


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