Aaron Rodgers has stirred up social media once again. The Green Bay Packers quarterback recently appeared on the Manningcast of Monday Night Football with Peyton and Eli Manning. And while Rodgers didn't talk about his COVID-19 vaccination status, he did raise some eyebrows when he revealed the books he's reading.
When Rodgers was asked what he's currently reading, he said, "Yeah, a lot of French poetry, and I've got Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand over here." Atlas Shrugged was published in 1957 and contains objectivism, which is a philosophical system created by Rand, who died in 1982.
Justin Kirkland of Esquire said that Atlas Shrugged is "often referenced as a favorite in libertarian and conservative circles," which is one of the reasons social media went wild when Rodgers mentioned it. The book is 1,200 pages long and was panned by critics when it was first released. Kirkland went on to say that Atlas Shrugged was "the summer reading assignment we skimmed a third of before resorting to SparkNotes. You didn't need to read it, really—Blake, that guy from your junior year literature class who has big thoughts on the free market, wasn't going to let you get a word in edgewise during class discussion anyway." Here's a look at what social media had to say about Rodgers and Atlas Shrugged.
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
One person responded: "Is that so? Kindly explain to me the process how exactly someone becomes CEO of a corporation and suddenly gains prophetic knowledge of their entire industry."prevnext
That Explains It
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
Another person responded: "2 novels can change a 14 year old's life: Lord of the Rings & Atlas Shrugged. One is a fantasy that engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adult, unable to deal with the real world. The other has orcs."prevnext
What is Aaron Rodgers reading?
"A lot of French poetry. Some 'Atlas Shrugged' ... I rearranged it to make it look like it was filled."— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) January 4, 2022
One person said: "I can't wait for Laura Ingraham, after telling LeBron to 'shut up and dribble', to praise Rodgers for his reading material."prevnext
Never Read It
Atlas Shrugged is the favorite book for a lot of people who never read a book.— Morten Øverbye (@morten) January 4, 2022
One Twitter user wrote: "A favorite among people who are white, at least middle-class but likely even wealthier, people who have land and property often going back generations, are male...if it were such a great book, wouldn't its fans be more...diverse?"prevnext
Young Aaron Rodgers
If Aaron Rodgers is reading Atlas Shrugged he really might play for another 15 years since he's apparently 19.— BadgerNoonan (@BadgerNoonan) January 4, 2022
One person responded: "I had never even heard of that book til i was in my 30s..only know of its existence because of Jeopardy!"prevnext
Being a grown adult person and proudly pointing to a copy of "Atlas Shrugged" on your shelf is a bit like pointing to a toilet and telling people you can go by yourself now. Like: okay, great, but that's really something much younger people take pride in.— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) January 4, 2022
One fan wrote: "Somehow Aaron just went through his freshman year of college at nearly 40. This, Rogan, the fact that it seems like he did a bunch of psychedelics this off-season."prevnext
The Apparent 'Atlas Shrugged' Reader
average Atlas Shrugged reader pic.twitter.com/xzJT90bqIP— Ship of Theses (@postclassics) January 4, 2022
And this person wrote: "It's quite humorous to see all the people bashing something they are clueless about -- specifically individual liberty and freedom."prev