Long Winters’ John Roderick Dubbed “Bean Dad” After Viral Tweets About His Daughter

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Long Winters’ John Roderick Dubbed “Bean Dad” After Viral Tweets About His Daughter

Syahrel Azha Hashim / Getty Images

John Roderick, the leader of the indie rock group the Long Winters, has been dubbed “Bean Dad” by the internet after a tweet about teaching his daughter how to open a can of beans went viral. On Saturday evening, Roderick sent out a very long thread detailing his 9-year-old daughter’s alleged struggle with the functionality of a can opener.

“So, yesterday my daughter (9) was hungry and I was doing a jigsaw puzzle so I said over my shoulder “make some baked beans,'” the tweet thread begins. “She said, ‘How?’ like all kids do when they want YOU to do it, so I said, ‘Open a can and put it in pot.’ She brought me the can and said Open it how?'”

After many hours and a lot of finagling, the can was opened. The thread has become a lightning rod on Twitter, as threads are wont to do, with some saying it’s a fine way to teach your kid how to use a can opener and others wondering why he didn’t just open the damn can for her.

Roderick seems to be taking his newfound fame in stride:

The Long Winters haven’t released an album since 2006. Nowadays, Roderick mostly hosts podcasts, including Omnibus with Jeopardy! champ Ken Jennings.

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UPDATE: Roderick deleted his Twitter account on Sunday after old tweets using racist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic language were dug up. The podcast My Brother, My Brother, & Me — which used a song that Roderick wrote for its theme music — announced that they would no longer be using Roderick’s music on the show.

Here’s the full tweet thread for posterity’s sake:

His podcast co-host Ken Jennings has been defending Roderick on Twitter.

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