Canadian anti-revival psychologist Jordan Peterson defended a tweet in which he said a tall model in Sports Illustrated was “not beautiful” because he doesn’t think she’s “the ideal of athletic beauty”.
Peterson, who faced backlash for his tweet in May, said The telegraph in a new interview that the tweet was “not a mistake” or the reason he decided not to use the platform.
He first tweeted a picture of model Yumi Nu, saying: ‘Sorry. Not beautiful. And no amount of authoritarian tolerance will change that.
Peterson told the Telegraph: “The use of this model, which was not sports (remember: SPORTS Illustrated) was manipulative economically and in relation to the model itself (although it participated in its own exploitation ),” he told the Telegraph.
“Beauty is an ideal. Almost all of us fall short of an ideal. I am not ready to sacrifice an ideal for false compassion. Period. And certainly not the ideal of athletic beauty.
He added that he had deleted his Twitter account from his personal devices to prevent him “from reading comments from anonymous trolls” who insisted he was “a white supremacist” and a “transphobe”.
Jordan Peterson defends a controversial tweet about a plus-size model during an interview with The Telegraph.
Peterson allegedly said the magazine was using a non-sports model for a sports magazine and that his tweet was not a mistake
Peterson has faced critics — including his supporters — for shaming the model. He claimed that editing the magazine was “a conscious progressive attempt to manipulate and reorganize the notion of beauty”.
Peterson later announced he would be “quitting” Twitter and leaving the tweets to his staff – following the “endless stream of vicious comments”.
In the same interview, Peterson again spoke about his controversial political ideologies in relation to the LGBTQIA community – which he would call “the people of the alphabet”.
The former psychologist claimed many people are ‘confused’ about their ‘gender identity’.
Peterson argued that some men and women become confused because they notice personality traits of the opposite sex in themselves.
“So the idea that there’s a fluidity and there’s an overlap in gender personality is true,” he said. “What’s not true is that it means you’re in the wrong body, and that’s not even a bit true.”
He added that “the notion of gender of radical types is completely empty”. Peterson went on to explain how some women may pretend they feel like a man, but argue they can’t tell if they do because they aren’t.
“Sex is how you feel. Ok, what do you mean by “smell?” “I feel like a man, ‘Well, how do you know, because you’re not,'” he explained of his logic.
Peterson said many gay teens “are convinced they’re trans” – saying “it’s not so good for gay people”.
When people approached Peterson about their gender identity, the psychologist said that rather than telling them what to do, he helped them find the solution.
“The right way to deal with this therapeutically is to say, ‘OK, I don’t know what’s best for you, and you clearly don’t know either because you’re confused. So let’s assess the full range of possibilities before doing anything rushed, let alone surgery.
Peterson is actively outspoken about his views on trans people and was suspended on Twitter on Thursday after he tweeted that transgender Umbrella Academy star Elliot Page had his “boobs removed by a criminal doctor” – a tweet that he reportedly refused to delete, according to conservative political commentator Dave Insist.
David Rubin claimed Peterson would ‘never’ delete the tweet after the platform flagged him for violating their policies
Elliot Page, known for his role in The Umbrella Academy, announced his transition in December 2020. The Netflix series released its third season in mid-June while changing its character’s name from Vanya to Viktor
Page – who previously went by the name Ellen before announcing her transition in 2020 – came under fire from Peterson on the day the Netflix series aired its third season on June 22.
Netflix incorporated Page’s transition into the series, changing her character’s name from Vanya to Viktor, while allowing Page’s character to briefly explain why he made the transition.
‘Do you remember when pride was a sin? And Ellen Page just had her breast removed by a criminal doctor,’ Peterson tweeted.
Twitter flagged Peterson’s account saying his tweet violated their rules for posting “hateful conduct.”
Peterson’s controversies date back to 2016 – starting with Canadian legislation that would ban discrimination based on “gender identity or expression”.
He argued it would threaten free speech – but said he would use people’s favorite pronouns if they asked.
The latest in a long line of controversies: Inside Dr. Peterson’s past scandals
2016: Criticized proposed Canadian legislation that would ban discrimination based on “gender identity or gender expression”, saying it would threaten freedom of expression
2017: Claimed that “the idea of white privilege is absolutely wrong” because “most people have all kinds of privileges”
2018: Told UK TV channel Channel 4 that men need to ‘grow up’ and ‘take responsibility’ while discussing the crisis of masculinity. Also claimed the gender pay gap was not ‘just about sex’
2019: Cambridge University withdrew Peterson’s scholarship after facing a backlash for announcing a ten-part lecture series
2020: Peterson’s daughter Mikhaila revealed he was hospitalized in Russia after developing a serious addiction to anti-anxiety benzodiazepines. She claimed he ‘nearly died multiple times…because of what the medical system did to him in the West’
Late 2020: Penguin Random House Canada staff attempt to block publication of their self-help book Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life, calling Peterson an ‘icon of white supremacy and hate speech’
2021: Told The Sunday Times he had become suicidal due to his addiction to benzodiazepines and shared he had to be put in an induced coma while hospitalized in Russia
May 2022: Calls the plus-size Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model “not beautiful” and further claims “no amount of overbearing tolerance will change that.”