Listen, here at eBaum's World we're all about calling people out on their bullsh*t. But there's got to be a balance. One man got blasted on Twitter this week when he took things too far. Jeremy Schneider became the 'main character' of the internet after a tweet of his went viral. The tweet centered around people reading books at bars, and the reactions were dynamite.
Please know, if you’re someone who brings a book to the bar… nobody likes you— Jeremy Schneider (@J_Schneider) February 6, 2022
What started as a funny tweet, quickly turned dark as reactions started rolling in.
Glad to know my reading in bars habit continues to be an effective asshole deterrent. https://t.co/opTlLWUXum— jamie lynn (@jcyanic3) February 8, 2022
If you're a woman and you need or want to eat out alone and not be harassed, you have two choices: book or computer. A phone doesn't work.— Rebecca Makkai (@rebeccamakkai) February 7, 2022
Actually the third choice is vampire fangs and a freshly killed rabbit but that one's hard work. https://t.co/lLYtJ4aZtY
Both very valid points. The responses continued...
Please know you are exactly the kind of person we are hoping will avoid us when we bring our books to bars. https://t.co/gq8Hh8RqI1— Callie Thompson (@callie_mt) February 7, 2022
Here it is. The root of Idiocracy. https://t.co/nQIpOEiiSl— Mueller, She Wrote (@MuellerSheWrote) February 8, 2022
Some people were less mean, and just more confused by the tweet.
Mannnn I brought a book to a strip club https://t.co/VeRCPdlBun— Thomas Moore (@TomAandTom1) February 8, 2022
Everybody is dunking on this, but I will say as a former bartender and not as a person that loves to read at bars (I do) that if I saw somebody with a book at the bar it was usually a good sign they were going to be the best customer. https://t.co/7KpX4Bvc1g— Jason Diamond (@imjasondiamond) February 7, 2022
More dunking ensued.
nobody who brings a book to a bar is looking for your approval, my dude— Cherie Priest (@cmpriest) February 7, 2022
Bullying https://t.co/hC2pQ6SXgz— The Truck In Licorice Pizza’s Oscar Nomination (@_My_Limit_) February 10, 2022
Well, this is awkward https://t.co/aPXhltXp6i— BookBar (@BookBarUK) February 8, 2022
Usually that's the end of it. Someone says something stupid on the internet. The internet typically bullies them to brink of submission. And we never hear about them again.
Not this time. Jeremy sat on his tweet for 3 days. He then apologized. And was then applauded for his apology. Somehow this dude went from zero to hero in a matter of days. Some would argue though, that the apology is beyond cringeworthy.
First off, this tweet was mean. Uncharacteristically mean. “Nobody likes you?” I don’t talk like that in real life, why would I tweet that? And saying it to people minding their own business reading a book? Yeah, that’s mean. I’m sorry.— Jeremy Schneider (@J_Schneider) February 9, 2022
Jeremy goes on to state that he even tried reading a book in a bar for himself, and that if someone ever writes a book dragging tweets that his should be included. Let's hear what the readers had to say.
Only took this guy a few days to apologize. https://t.co/LQJuqBSAvm— Gazpacho No She Bettah Don't (@420AttyChicago) February 10, 2022
i'd die before i'd apologize for a random, harmless tweet like that https://t.co/IGl4muKzBy— #3 sisterwife but #1 in his heart (@prettycritical) February 10, 2022
So many opinions, so little time.
whyyyyy is this thread so long https://t.co/C2Mku9aCkU— steve (@stevereadsnews) February 10, 2022
This is a thoughtful and sweet follow-up. But I also think the meltdown over his first tweet was so doofy. Firing off a flippant, hyperbolic tweet about something so low stakes is fine! Rolling your eyes and scrolling past a brassy tweet that yucks your yum is also fine! https://t.co/5Uf5RLIwPq— Natalie Shure (@nataliesurely) February 10, 2022
Glad I am finally able to continue bringing my 35lbs Calvin and Hobbes complete collection to the Barcade as I whoop drunk chicks in Smash Bros and act like a jackass. https://t.co/m4VMaeHufL— Jared Leto Atreides (@thomasjbees42) February 10, 2022
Mostly the reactions were 'Ooof thank god this is over.' In the end, Twitter had to move on to another main character.