Ben Shapiro and other right-wing political commentators have spoken out in support of Jordan Peterson for crying over Olivia Wilde’s recent “incel” comments.
Peterson appeared to burst into tears. Piers Morgan uncensored when he was asked about Wilde’s recent statement, in which she referred to Peterson as the “pseudo-intellectual hero of the incel community”. In his British TV response, Peterson said he is simply trying to reach “disaffected youth”, with many people on Twitter suggesting the same.
While Shapiro and Matt Walsh spoke in their defense to their millions of Twitter followers, others mocked Peterson for his display of emotion.
“So to be clear, Jordan Peterson is a Very Bad Man™ because he tries to help young people who need guidance,” Shapiro wrote on Friday. “Olivia Wilde is a Feminist Hero™ because she hates Jordan Peterson, but she also apparently creates an uncomfortable work environment for her female stars.”
Shapiro was responding to accusations and rumors surrounding Wilde regarding an apparent altercation involving actress Florence Pugh on the set of Do not worry, dear.
“The real reason so many people are angry with Jordan is because he says something true but unspeakable: The Sexual Revolution has crippled men and women by depriving them of the roles and purposes that make life worth living,” Shapiro wrote.
Memes and jokes are being widely shared online at Peterson’s expense. While discussing the topic of the incel community, and the accusations leveled at him by Wilde, with Piers Morgan, Peterson appeared to cry twice.
“I’m not a bad person, but I sincerely hope Jordan Peterson cried when Lizzo played that flute,” joked TV writer Emily Andras referring to another pop culture moment that caused outrage. @PaulMSagan got a big backlash for using a classic Simpsons meme at Peterson’s expense. “Jordan Peterson crying about how Beavis and Butthead can never score,” joked another Twitter user @TylerMadsen.
Political commentator Matt Walsh used dry humor to share his response to Peterson’s newsworthy display. “The Left: ‘Men should show more emotion.’ Jordan Peterson: [Shows emotion]. Left: ‘Lol, stop crying you big baby.’”
Expanding his point further, Walsh, who earlier this year received a backlash on Twitter for saying The Little Mermaid casting a black person was not scientifically accurate, he said: “Jordan Peterson is hated by the left simply because he talks to men and tries to help them rather than despise them. That’s all it takes to make him a villain in our culture.”
Shapiro agreed with Walsh’s point about men being told not to cry, except Peterson. “It’s also fun to watch all those who say ‘toxic masculinity’ teaches men not to be emotionally mocking Jordan Peterson for crying in defense of men who have lost their way.” He added: “Pathetic fools.”
Liana Kerzner, presenter of it’s not therapy, strapped on Morgan with Peterson’s show of emotion. She stated that the reaction was not based on a lack of compassion, but rather “two men who were cruel to each other now wanting their feelings to matter”.
Journalist Ethan Harfenist called the clip with Peterson “happiness” for him, while writer and editor Aaron Gell sincerely called the moment “the most admirable thing Jordan Peterson has ever done.”
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