Jordan Peterson would “rather die” than delete the tweet about Elliot Page that suspended him

Conservative Canadian author and psychologist Jordan Peterson, who was temporarily suspended from Twitter for his tweet about The Umbrella Academy star Elliot Page, said in a nearly 15-minute video posted to YouTube on Friday that he refuses to apologize, even if it means the suspension becomes a lifetime ban.

His June 22 tweet about Page announcing in December 2020 that he was a transgender man was in response to the Season 3 premiere of the Netflix show. In the series, Page’s character has also changed from female to female.

Responding to Page’s comment during an appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers that he was proud to introduce a trans character to the show, Peterson tweeted, “Remember when pride was a sin? And Ellen Page just had her breasts removed by a criminal doctor,” intentionally inappropriately naming and mis-naming the actor.

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The tweet was flagged for “hateful conduct,” with the suspension noting that it violated the platform’s policies: “You must not promote, threaten, or encourage violence against other people based on race, ethnicity, national origin, caste, or sexual orientation.” harass, gender, gender identity, religion, age, disability, or serious illness.”

“I was essentially banned from Twitter,” he said in the video, “I say ‘banned,’ but technically I was suspended. But the suspension won’t be lifted until I delete the ‘hateful’ tweet in question, and I’d rather die than do that.” He went on to dismiss the “fuss” surrounding his tweet.

Peterson’s daughter Mikhaila shared a screenshot of the suspension notice on Twitter, writing, “Wow. @jordanbpeterson got a twitter strike. No more Twitter until he deletes the tweet. Definitely not a free speech platform at the moment @elonmusk.”

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Peterson, who was just hired by the conservative Daily Wire podcast, frequently makes headlines for his anti-trans stance. In January, he told Joe Rogan that being transgender was the result of “contagion” and amounted to “satanic ritual abuse.”

The 60-year-old, who is also a professor at the University of Toronto, temporarily exited Twitter in May after suffering backlash for commenting that the Sports Illustrated cover of Yumi Nu was “not pretty” and “no Level of authoritarian tolerance” is going to change that.”

Peterson describes himself as a “traditionalist”.

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