Canadian clinical psychologist and YouTube personality Jordan Peterson has said he would “rather die” than delete the tweet he posted about actor Elliot Page last month.
Addressing the national post, Peterson, 60, said Twitter temporarily suspended most features of his account on June 28 after he tweeted about the 35-year-old actor. In his now-deleted post, Peterson referred to Page using his old name and claimed he had “his boobs removed by a criminal doctor.”
“I wrote an irritated tweet in response to one of the latest events on the increasingly heated culture war front,” Peterson told the publication. “There are no rules on Twitter except don’t do what we don’t like today. They are always enforced post hoc by algorithms and idiots determined to keep their superiority awake.
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Mikhaila Peterson, the Canadian psychologist’s daughter, took to Twitter after the temporary suspension and tagged Elon Musk in his post, writing, “Definitely not a free speech platform yet.”
YouTube personality addresses his ‘irritated tweet’ in a video posted on Friday, explaining that restrictions on his Twitter account will only be lifted once he deletes his post.
“I was basically banned from Twitter as a result. I say banned, even though technically I was suspended. But the suspension won’t be lifted unless I delete the ‘hateful’ tweet in question, and I’d rather die than do that,” Peterson says in his video. “And I hope it doesn’t come to that, although who the hell knows in these increasingly strange days?”
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Peterson’s tweet was a reaction to a notw York Post article about Page, who came out as transgender and non-binary in December 2020and her excitement about being cast as a transgender character on Netflix’s “Umbrella Academy.”
In May, Peterson also found himself embroiled in controversy for calling plus-size model Yumi Nu “not beautiful” in a tweet. After facing backlash online, he announced that he would be leave twitter for a few weeks.
Nu, who became the first plus size asian model to adorn the cover of “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit”, responded to Peterson’s words with a TikTok video of her Nicki Minaj “Itty Bitty Piggy” lip-syncing.
Featured Image via Jordan B Peterson (left), Late Night with Seth Meyers