Canadian author and clinical psychologist, Dr Jordan B Peterson plans to quit Twitter after the endless insults he received for calling plus-size model Yumi Nu’s Sports Illustrated cover “not beautiful” and that “no amount of authoritarian tolerance will change that.” Read on to know more about Jordan Peterson.
Who is Jordan Peterson?
Jordan Bernt Peterson is a Canadian clinical psychologist, YouTube personality, author, and professor emeritus at the University of Toronto. Peterson began to receive widespread attention as a public intellectual in the late 2010s for his views on cultural and political issues, often described as conservative.
The renowned author was born and raised in Alberta. He received bachelor’s degrees in political science and psychology from the University of Alberta and a PhD in clinical psychology from McGill University.
After his tenure as a professor and researcher at Harvard University, he returned to Canada in 1998 to join the faculty of psychology at the University of Toronto. In 1999, he published his first book, Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief, which became the basis for many subsequent lectures.
A Lecturer, Protestor and Conversationalist
In 2016, Peterson released a series of YouTube videos criticizing the Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code (Bill C-16), passed by the Parliament of Canada to introduce “gender identity and expression” as prohibited grounds for discrimination. He subsequently received significant media coverage, attracting both support and criticism.
Peterson’s lectures and conversations propagated mainly through YouTube and podcasts gathered millions of views. By 2018, Peterson put his clinical practice and teaching duties on hold and published his second book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. This book became a best seller in several countries.
A columnist David Brooks described Peterson as “the most influential public intellectual in the Western world.” His work was disturbed between 2019 and 2020 due to his health problems in the aftermath of severe benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome. In 2021, he published his third book, Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life, and resigned from the University of Toronto, returning to podcasting.
Peterson’s Interviews and Podcasts
Peterson has appeared on many podcasts, conversational series, as well other online shows. In December 2016, Peterson started The Jordan B. Peterson Podcast. In March 2019, the podcast joined the Westwood One network with Peterson’s daughter as a co-host on some episodes.
Peterson is also known for defending engineer James Damore who was fired from Google for writing Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber. In January 2022, he was interviewed by Joe Rogan on “The Joe Rogan Experience” wherein he claimed that the Earth’s climate is too complicated to accurately model. Several climate scientists criticized Peterson, saying that he misunderstood climate modelling
Peterson is Departing from Twitter
And I plan to write an article on the technical reasons that Twitter is maddening us all very soon. Bye for now. https://t.co/naJnLabtqz
— Dr Jordan B Peterson (@jordanbpeterson) May 17, 2022
Jordan B. Peterson may be the most intelligent man around but he was recently hit by an “endless flood” of insults on Twitter. Peterson has around 2.7 million followers on Twitter and now, he has decided to depart the social media platform.
The insults came after he was criticized for his tweet calling a plus-size model Yumi Nu’s Sports Illustrated cover “not beautiful” and that “no amount of authoritarian tolerance is going to change that.” He also backed his comments with scientific studies.
May Twitter users shot back at the 59-year-old author for such a harsh Tweet. One Twitter user wrote, “Authoritarian’? Chunky women on magazine covers? You sound like a parody of you.” This was just one of the many comments he was fired with.
Sorry. Not beautiful. And no amount of authoritarian tolerance is going to change that. https://t.co/rOASeeQvee
— Dr Jordan B Peterson (@jordanbpeterson) May 16, 2022
Jordan responded with two links to scientific studies on attractiveness, “It’s a conscious progressive attempt to manipulate & retool the notion of beauty, reliant on the idiot philosophy that such preferences are learned & properly changed by those who know better. But don’t let the facts stop you.”
Peterson expressed his thoughts to depart from Twitter in a series of tweets. He wrote, “I recently stopped accessing Twitter for three weeks as an experiment. I had some of my staff post video links etc. It was a genuine relief. I started to read & write more. I started using it again, a few days ago, and I would say that my life got worse again almost instantly.”
Peterson also tweeted, “The endless flood of vicious [insults] is not something that can be experienced anywhere else. I like to follow the people I know but I think the incentive structure of the platform makes it intrinsically and dangerously insane.”
He continued, “So I told my staff to change my password, to keep me from temptation, and am departing once again. If I have something to say I’ll write an article or make a video. If the issue is not important enough to justify that then perhaps it would be best to just let it go.”
In another tweet, Peterson says he plans to write an article on the “technical reasons that Twitter is maddening,” ending the post with “bye for now.” Even though he wishes to depart from Twitter, his account remains very much active.
He continued to tweet several more times. Peterson attracted more controversy when he retweeted the controversial profile “Libs of TikTok”, a conservative account that targets liberals, school teachers, and LGBTQ people.
I think what Peterson wrote does amount to some level of body-shaming or maybe people have taken his research-based comment to some other level. Well, the ‘custodian of patriarchy’ did upset people with his outlandish thoughts about oversized women.
The Canadian best-selling author is known to his nearly 5 million YouTube subscribers as a conservative intellectual who shared his views on cultural and political issues. What do you think about this controversy?