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Twitter bullies brought Jordan Peterson to tears

He has not been bothered before by other people's harassment.


Esther Bell

Internet Culture

Posted on Oct 21, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 12:57 am CDT

A video of psychology professor and anti-PC pundit Jordan Peterson getting upset over Twitter trolls is going viral.

In a recent interview with Rex Murphy, Peterson said he has been off Twitter for about three months after being “mobbed” by critics.

Viewers are enjoying the irony of someone who regularly puts others on blast on the internet getting upset over backlash online.

A visibly upset Peterson said that “civilized, socialized people cannot tolerate being mobbed.”

He called it a “terrible shock” and said that it “really hurts…[people are] often damaged for lengthy periods of time.”

Peterson also said apologizing in these situations is the wrong thing to do, and that the right thing to do is to simply wait it out.

People reveled in the pick-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps philosopher being so affected by his critics.

Peterson rose to fame in recent years as an anti-PC advocate when he refused to address a student by their gender pronouns. Peterson then posted YouTube videos attacking Bill C-16, a Canadian bill banning discrimination against people on the basis of “gender identity or expression,” saying it would infringe on his freedom of speech.

Peterson frequently speaks out against “social justice warriors” and videos of him debating others often go viral on YouTube. He also recently published a self-help book, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, where he argues that too many people blame their problems on outside forces, and the only way to get ahead is to take more personal responsibility.

Despite being so upset over backlash online, Peterson has previously seemed unbothered when his opponents get threats. After interviewing Peterson, Cathy Newman, an English journalist, received so many threats she had to involve the police.

In an interview with the Guardian, she said: “There were literally thousands of abusive tweets…It ranged from the usual ‘cunt, bitch, dumb blonde’ to ‘I’m going to find out where you live and execute you.’”

Though Peterson did tell his followers to lay off via Twitter, in an interview with Radio Times he said “Channel 4 said that she was afraid for her life, and that the police had to be called in. You could call the police in for anything; that isn’t evidence of a credible threat. I thought, ‘Oh, now they’re going to spin this as a victim narrative.’ Which I was appalled at.”

You can watch Peterson’s full interview on YouTube here.


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*First Published: Oct 21, 2019, 2:24 pm CDT