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on tin-terhooks 'Bean dad' John Roderick apologises for using offensive slurs in Twitter controversy


'Bean Dad' John Roderick has apologised for his tweets

'Bean Dad' John Roderick has apologised for his tweets

'Bean Dad' John Roderick has apologised for his tweets

Seattle singer-songwriter and podcast host John Roderick has apologised for using offensive slurs in some of his old tweets.

Roderick, who currently performs with the indie rock band The Long Winters, found himself involved in an internet controversy last Saturday after he shared an anecdote about his daughter trying to open a tin of beans.

In a series of 23 tweets, Roderick, who has since deleted his Twitter account, explained how his daughter wanted to learn how to open the can of baked beans herself.

He went on to explain that his daughter couldn’t figure out how a can opener worked, but after six hours she worked it out, although the can had been put “through hell” with the “label ripped off, dented, sharpened and blurred, a veteran of a thousand psychic wars.”

“I know this is parenting theatre in some ways,” Roderick concluded. “I suffer from a lack of perseverance myself, and like all parents throughout history, I’m trying to correct my own mistakes in the way I educate my child. She sees through this.”

However, the thread sparked a backlash, with thousands of people criticising Roderick for the way he treated his daughter and dubbing him “Bean Dad”.


In an apology posted on his website on Tuesday, Mr Roderick said he had been "ignorant" and "insensitive" with the way he had described the incident.

"What I didn't understand when posting that story, was that a lot of the language I used reminded people very viscerally of abuse they'd experienced at the hand of a parent," he said.

Mr Roderick, who has since deactivated his Twitter account, said he was "deeply sorry for having precipitated more hurt in the world", and that he was wrong for being "flippant when confronted" and for "taking my Twitter feed offline yesterday instead of facing the music".

"My story about my daughter and the can of beans was poorly told," he said, adding: "I didn't share how much laughing we were doing, how we had a bowl of pistachios between us all day as we worked on the problem, or that we'd both had a full breakfast together a few hours before."

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