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Cringe: Aaron Rodgers' Atlas Shrugged mention hilariously teased online

Olivia Olphin January 4, 2022
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NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been teased online after stating he has Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged on his bookshelf. During an interview on the ManningCast show the Green Bay Packers athlete claimed he had a lot of French poetry as well as the controversial Ayn Rand book in his collection. We take a closer look at the Twitter reaction…

What is the Aaron Rodgers Atlas Shrugged controversy?

During ESPN2’s Monday Night Football telecast Aaron Rodgers was commenting on the Steeler’s recent performance. However, fans and co-hosts Peyton and Eli Manning became distracted by the full-looking bookshelf behind him.

The hosts asked the footballer: “What are you reading right now?” To which Rodgers replied: “A lot of French poetry and I’ve got Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand over here.”

That caused a lot of viewers to take to social media to tease the NFL star as Ayn Rand’s book is known for exploring controversial themes.

Rodgers also stated he had rearranged the bookshelf to make it look as though it was full, which only increased the teasing online.

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Fans mock NFL star on social media

Some people took to social media to mock Aaron Rodgers for bragging about owning Atlas Shrugged. Others were sceptical the quarterback had read everything on his bookshelf.

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What is the plot of Atlas Shrugged?

Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged has become one of the most controversial books in modern literature. The Guardian described the novel as: “A passionate defence of Rand’s belief that the world is best served when individuals act entirely in their own rational self-interest.”

Russian-American writer Ayn Rand founded the Objectivist school of philosophy. This is a philosophical system which she described as: “The concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.”

The novel is set in a dystopian version of the US, with the country on the verge of economic collapse. It follows Danny Taggart, vice-president of a railroad company, as he tries to rebuild the Rio Norte Line that has crumbled away.

Some people may have mocked Aaron Rodgers online for boasting about the book but others think he was merely showing off his intellectual prowess. Of course he could just be trolling everyone else. How funny would that be?

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Olivia Olphin is an English Literature graduate and a film and literature fanatic. She has many years of reviewing experience, recently working as accredited press for the London Film Festival. She has also written widely about culture and sex education, as well as LGBTQ+ and women's issues.