Jordan Peterson won’t stop criticizing Elliot Page’s transition, even after the controversial academic was banned from Twitter for calling the trans actor’s doctor a “criminal doctor.”
In an interview with liberal podcaster Krystal Kyle published Friday, Peterson explained why Page remains at the center of his anger.
“See, I would have left Ellen Page alone if she hadn’t been showing off her new abs in a fashion magazine,” he said, continually confusing Page by using her dead name and old pronouns.
“How many children do you think she convinced to convert?” A? A thousand? asked Peterson.
He was referring to Page’s turn as the cover star of Esquire in June. The Umbrella Academy The actor showed off his new physique in several photos, including some shirtless, and explained how comfortable he feels in his new body.
For Peterson, this all amounts to “social contagion”.
“She has a responsibility not to urge confused teenagers to make a catastrophic decision before they have the maturity to make that decision,” he said.
The University of Toronto psychology professor – who has developed a number of supporters among the ‘intellectual right’ – was suspended from Twitter after he tweeted that Page ‘had her breasts removed by a criminal doctor’ on June 22. According to screenshots of his account shared on social media, the platform flagged the post as “hateful conduct” and banned him from posting until he agreed to take it down.
The suspension even drew criticism from Elon Musk, who said the platform had gone “way too far in crushing dissenting opinion”.
Kyle said the tweet got Peterson “in trouble”, but the professor downplayed his suspension.
“Well, I don’t know if it got me in trouble, you know, I don’t think I got in trouble, Twitter banned me, but I don’t consider that trouble,” Peterson said.
Kyle argued that trans people experience the same kind of persecution as gay people in their struggle for acceptance, prompting Peterson to cut him off.
“You are absolutely wrong,” he said. “There’s nothing in there that’s fair. »
He pointed to Canada’s 2017 law that added “gender identity or expression” to a section of the criminal code targeting hate speech, defined as inciting hatred and advocating genocide. The anti-discrimination law “could” make it a crime “for the repeated and consistent refusal to use a person’s chosen pronoun,” a University of Toronto law professor told the CBC.
Not one to keep quiet, Peterson continued to rage at Page on Kyle’s podcast. Amid a flurry of typical anti-trans attacks, the professor expressed concern that Canadian law is ushering in a state of mass panic and uncertainty.
“For every such person we hypothetically save, we condemn a thousand more due to confusion and social contagion,” he said.
“Often when you introduce social confusion, you can produce a psychogenic epidemic. Generally, it is adolescent girls who are more sensitive to it,” he added. “It is absolutely and definitively the case that we have condemned thousands of children to brutal and mutilating surgery and premature sterility and we have done so on the altar of our hypothetical moral virtue and our compassion. »
Kyle, who has continually argued that adults should be able to choose what they do with their bodies, called out Peterson for his “moral panic”, sending the frazzled professor on another impassioned rant.