Controversial psychologist Jordan Peterson has defended his recent tweet in which he shamed a plus-size Sports Illustrated model – even after facing significant backlash over the remarks.
The Canadian doctor turned YouTuber quote-tweeted The story of The Post on May 16 about the debut of Sports Illustrated cover model Yumi Nu, stating “Sorry. Not beautiful. And no amount of authoritarian tolerance will change that.
Hours later, he announced his departure from the popular social media app amid criticism.
Peterson, in a Thursday email to The Telegraph, stood firm on his statement, saying the tweet “wasn’t a mistake, or the reason I left Twitter.
“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 said. -he writes.
“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.
While his account remained active, the 60-year-old said he told his staff to keep him off social media.
“I told my staff to change my password, to protect me from temptation and I’m leaving,” he added in an interview with the publication. “If I have something to say, I’ll write an article or make a video. If the problem isn’t big enough to warrant this, it might be best to let it go.
The hiatus, however, was short-lived.
Peterson, who signed a podcast deal with conservative newspaper The Daily Wire on Thursday, was suspended from Twitter this week after attacking transgender actor Eliot Page for his “sin”.
Screenshot put online show the former University of Toronto professor’s tweet in question, which reads: ‘Remember when pride was a sin? And Ellen Page just had her breasts removed by a criminal doctor.
Twitter claimed that Peterson violated the Twitter platform’s rules “against hateful behavior”.
In his interview with The Telegraph, Peterson argued that even though people perceive characteristics of themselves in the opposite sex, that doesn’t mean they’re “in the wrong body”.
“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 true at all.”