Quick summary: Twitter’s first viral character of the year was a man, known as “Bean Dad,” who had the platform buzzing with a series of posts showing his young daughter spending hours struggling to open up a can of beans. He called it a “teaching moment,” while some on the Internet lost their minds over the matter.
After initially accepting the #BeanDad label, the Tweets as well as the entire account, have since been deleted. The reason? Some people said the incident sounded like child abuse, some didn’t. Others dove deeper and found a history of inappropriate language on his feed.
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“Bean Dad” is actually a real guy named John Roderick, a podcaster and musician who had toured with the Seattle Alternative group Harvey Danger (“Flagpole Sitta”) and has his own Indie band called The Long Winters.