Last night, Aaron Rodgers, the quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, pointed out that he reads Ayn Rand, an objectivist philosopher, in a Monday Night Football interview with hosts Eli and Payton Manning.
The fact that Payton and Eli highlighted the entire bookshelf behind NFL star was an attention-grabber in its own right. Rodgers subsequently referred to her magnum opus, Atlas Shrugged, among the variety of books displayed behind him as a result.
“What are you reading right now?” they inquired, to which Rodgers replied, “A lot of French poetry and I’ve got Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand over here.”
That’s the sound of social media an Twitter starting to lose their minds.
The comment led Marcus Hayes to comment on Twitter, “Explains everything,” to capture the internet sentiment of that moment.
Aaron Rodgers brags he has Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” on his bookshelf.
Explains everything. pic.twitter.com/fYHmGeY7FX
— Marcus Hayes (@inkstainedretch) January 4, 2022
To put it another way: a figure like Rand, who is frequently celebrated by hard-right members in the country, is a big intellectual lightning rod.
Rand’s philosophy is, “The concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.”
Aaron Rodgers on the Manningcast just namechecked Atlas Shrugged as the main book on his shelf and let’s be honest if a Hollywood screenwriter put that in someone would make them take it out for being too on the nose
— Steven Zeitchik (@zeitchikWaPo) January 4, 2022
Someone should tell him that choosing the patron saint of selfishness as your current read may not be a good “mea culpa,” given his attempt to win back the hearts of fans who were disappointed in his lies about his vaccination status.
Aaron Rodgers just bragged that he has Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged on his bookshelf. Explains all his lying about being vaccinated and such. He’s one of those “screw everyone else before they can screw you” wackos. People like this are always a danger to others.
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) January 4, 2022
However, Twitter is Twitter, and many users are rushing to Rodgers’ defense while also snarling about the “woke” crowd being triggered.
Actually, Atlas Shrugged really DOES explain everything. This liberal media guy should read it sometime.
Damn, Aaron Rodgers really triggered the woke crowd, tonight! https://t.co/1OGMjpNfSR
— John Ziegler (@Zigmanfreud) January 4, 2022
The aptly-named Jason Rantz added, “If only Aaron Rodgers had some Ibram X. Kendi book, woke Twitter wouldn’t pretend to be upset. As an added bonus, we wouldn’t have to read tweets by guys who haven’t even read the Wikipedia entry for Atlas Shrugged, let alone the book.”
If only Aaron Rodgers had some Ibram X. Kendi book, woke Twitter wouldn’t pretend to be upset.
As an added bonus, we wouldn’t have to read tweets by guys who haven’t even read the Wikipedia entry for Atlas Shrugged, let alone the book. https://t.co/oygFOEJt50
— Jason Rantz on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) January 4, 2022
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About Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand is an American writer, known for her two best-selling novels, “The Fountainhead” and “Atlas Shrugged”. Ayn Rand (February 2, 1905 – March 6, 1982) was a novelist and philosopher known for her two best-selling novels: The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. Her work as a writer and as a philosopher is known for its celebration of individualism and it’s criticism of socialism/collectivism. Her views have been summarized by Michael Berliner, who holds the Ayn Rand Chair at the Ayn Rand Institute in Irvine, California: “You take away its musical numbers and The Producers is a great tragedy, in the classical sense of the word.”
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