The name of Dr. Jordan Peterson was in the news recently after crying during an interview when asked about comments Olivia Wilde made about him. However, despite being insulted by a Hollywood star, most people are probably not familiar with Peterson.
The emotional moment for Peterson came during an appearance on the Fox Nation show. Piers Morgan uncensored on Wednesday. Morgan had asked Peterson about the Do not worry, dear director calling him a “pseudo-intellectual hero for the incel community” in Interview magazine, and Peterson responded by crying and saying, “You know people have been after me for a long time because I’ve been talking to disaffected young people.”
Peterson is a media personality known for his conservative views on issues, but was once simply known as a clinical psychologist and professor. After a stint as an assistant and associate professor at Harvard University – where he published several influential articles on family alcoholism and other issues – the Canadian returned to his home country with a position at the University of Toronto.
Peterson soon stood out for his books, writing the bestsellers Maps of meaning: the architecture of belief, Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life and 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. As a result, his public stature began to grow, and Peterson soon became a well-known intellectual.
He became recognized outside the intellectual community for his controversial views on transgender rights, which he exposed in a series of YouTube videos in 2016. Among his divisive positions was his refusal to refer to students by their chosen gender pronouns.
An especially egregious incident from 2016 occurred when Peterson was filmed talking to transgender students. He argued for them that their activism – and political correctness in general – had a negative impact on society.
The video racked up millions of views on YouTube, and Peterson was soon bragging to Joe Rogan about how he learned to cash in on the controversy.
“I shouldn’t say this, but I will, because it’s so funny I can’t help but say: I figured out how to monetize social justice warriors,” Peterson said at Rogan’s. podcast in 2018. “If they let me speak, then I can speak, and then I make more money on Patreon… way above.”
Peterson received criticism this summer for a Twitter message that confused the gender and named transgender actor Elliot Page. Peterson’s Twitter account was later suspended after he refused to delete the post.
Shortly after he tweeted about Page, The Daily Wire announced that he had signed a multi-year deal to host Peterson’s podcast.
More recently, Peterson angered many people with a tribute he wrote to Queen Elizabeth II after the monarch’s death, in which he wrote that no country had done more to eradicate slavery than the United Kingdom.
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