“The revelation did not sit well with his critics on social media.”
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers appeared on ESPN this week and pointed to a copy of Ayn Rand’s ‘Atlas Shrugged’ on his bookshelf, which is apparently a thoughtcrime now.
Liberals lost their minds, because he owns a copy of a book they don’t like.
Aaron Rodgers mocked for bragging about Ayn Rand’s ‘Atlas Shrugged’ on his bookshelf
NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers caused an uproar on social media following his appearance on the ManningCast show. He was speaking to co-hosts Peyton and Eli Manning on the ESPN2 telecast of ‘Monday Night Football’.
The Green Bay Packers star athlete did not address the controversy following his false claims about his Covid-19 vaccination status, for which he was fined $14,650 by the NFL for violating the league’s protocols. Rodgers, however, still managed to raise eyebrows about his reading choices when he explained the contents of the bookshelf behind him.
Peyton and Eli Manning mostly discussed football with Rodgers. At one point during the telecast, they were curious about what the 38-year-old athlete was currently reading. “What are you reading right now?” one of the hosts asked. “Yeah, a lot of French poetry, and I’ve got ‘Atlas Shrugged’ by Ayn Rand over here,” Rodgers responded, pointing to the books in the backdrop. The revelation did not sit well with his critics on social media.
“Aaron Rodgers brags he has Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” on his bookshelf. Explains everything,” Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Marcus Hayes tweeted. “What is Aaron Rodgers reading? “A lot of French poetry. Some ‘Atlas Shrugged’ … I rearranged it to make it look like it was filled,” CBS Sports writer Will Brinson added.
This was the moment:
Aaron Rodgers, from a justified hater of awful Scott Walker to … having “Atlas, Shrugged” from nutty Ayn Rand.
— TWDTV (@TWDTV1) January 4, 2022
This is a columnist for a major paper:
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
Brandon Contes of Mediaite is reporting that the whole thing was a troll:
Less than 24 hours after receiving a rash of criticism on Twitter for owning a book that many deem to be controversial, Rodgers made a surprising admission. He never read the book.
In addition to creating controversy on a seemingly weekly basis during his weekly interviews with Pat McAfee on SiriusXM, Rodgers also suggests a weekly book on the show. This week, Atlas Shrugged seemed like the obvious choice because he mentioned it on ESPN Monday night. Instead, Rodgers offered his surprising admission.
“I actually have never even read it,” Rodgers said on The Pat McAfee Show with a laugh.
Controversial book? It was published in 1957 and still sells millions of copies. This paragraph from Contes is literally insane:
Despite being a work of fiction, Atlas Shrugged has received criticism for promoting selfishness as a virtue. The odious ideology tends to attract young men in college who lack the worldview to care for others and has developed somewhat of a cult following over the years.
I’m not an Objectivist or even a huge fan of Ayn Rand’s books, but I do enjoy hearing her talk about politics. If you have never done so, I urge you to watch this clip from an interview she did with Mike Wallace in 1959. Some of the things she talks about are more relevant than ever.
I’ll leave you with this…
— Mike LaChance (@MikeLaChance33) January 4, 2022
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