'I could care less': Jordan Peterson WON'T apologize after Elliot Page 'sin' remark faces backlash
'Remember when pride was a sin? And Ellen Page just had her breasts removed by a criminal physician,' Peterson had tweeted
Canadian clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson's Twitter account has been temporarily restricted for violation of the platform's hateful conduct policy. This happened because the 60-year-old made an offensive remark about transgender actor Elliot Page earlier this week.
"Remember when pride was a sin? And Ellen Page just had her breasts removed by a criminal physician," Peterson tweeted, using Page's former name and misgendering him while making an offensive remark. The tweet was in response to an article where Page expressed pride at the introduction of a transgender character in 'The Umbrella Academy,' the Netflix series he stars in.
"I penned an irritated tweet in response to one of the latest happenings on the increasingly heated culture war front," Peterson told National Post. For him, the temporary suspension might as well have been a ban because he claims he'd "rather die" than delete the offensive tweet. "If I can't be let back on because I won't apologize, I could care less," he added.
"There are no rules on Twitter except don't do what we don't like today. They are always applied post hoc by algorithms and idiots bent on maintaining their woke superiority," said Peterson. His daughter, Mikhaila Peterson, posted screenshots of the message of violation of terms the psychologist received.
"Wow. @jordanbpeterson got a Twitter strike. No more twitter until he deletes the tweet. Definitely not a free speech platform at the moment," she tweeted while tagging Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who has bid to buy the social media platform and claimed to ensure free speech. "The insanity continues at Twitter. @jordanbpeterson has been suspended for this tweet about Ellen Page. He just told me he will 'never' delete the tweet. Paging @elonmusk," wrote American host Dave Rubin.
Due to his account features being limited, Peterson can still browse Twitter and direct message his followers, but he cannot tweet, retweet, follow, or like anything on the social media platform. The screenshots state that he can continue using Twitter once he deletes the tweet since it violates their rules.
According to Twitter's hateful conduct policy, users cannot "promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, caste, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease." The terms of condition explicitly state that misgendering and deadnaming transgender individuals, both of which Peterson did, are prohibited.
Page publicly came out as transgender in December 2020 and stated that he uses he/them pronouns. "I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life. I feel overwhelming gratitude for the incredible people who have supported me along this journey. I can't begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self," his message read.