Jordan Peterson briefly suspended from Twitter for transphobic deadnaming of Elliot Page, says he’d ‘rather die’ than delete it
Jordan Peterson pointlessly deadnamed Elliot Page on Twitter, then got butthurt at having his account restricted because “free speech”
*eyerolls Peterson joins the ever-expanding list of people who need it explained that freedom of speech is not a licence to act hateful*
Conservative Canadian author and self-proclaimed ”traditionalist“ Jordan Peterson was temporarily suspended from Twitter after breaching the platform’s hateful conduct policy with a post deadnaming Elliot Page.
The divisive author temporarily lost access to most of Twitter’s features on Tuesday (June 28) after sending a tweet that used the Umbrella Academy star’s dead name and made reference to him undergoing top surgery.
The tweet was in reply to a New York Post article in which Page said he is proud to introduce a trans character to The Umbrella Academy.
The 60-year-old, in reply, tweeted: ‘Remember when pride was a sin? And [Elliot Page] just had [his] breasts removed by a criminal physician.’
Peterson later told Canadian conservative publication the National Post: “I penned an irritated tweet in response to one of the latest happenings on the increasingly heated culture war front.”
The publication claims Peterson had said he would “rather die” than delete the tweet.
The tweet was flagged for “hateful conduct,” with the suspension notice clarifying it went against the platform’s policy:
“You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, caste, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.”
Peterson’s daughter, Mikhaila Peterson, posted screenshots of the message her father received from Twitter, saying Twitter is “definitely not a free speech platform”. She tagged Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who is in the process of buying the social media platform.
— Mikhaila Peterson (@MikhailaFuller) June 29, 2022
‘The account owner will need to delete the violative Tweet before regaining full access to their account”, the letter read.
‘Per that policy, we prohibit targeting others with repeated slurs, tropes or other content that intends to dehumanise, degrade or reinforce negative or harmful stereotypes about a protected category.
‘This includes targeted misgendering or deadnaming of transgender individuals.’
Peterson said he refused to delete the tweet, however it does seem to be gone from his timeline in any instance.
Elliot Page, who presumably was just going about his life, attempting to live freely and without shitty abuse from strangers on social media, has – at the time of writing – yet to comment on the post.
But here’s the interview in question (below) and scroll down for some of Twitter’s reactions.
“I reflect on certain very difficult times in my life, certain struggles and obstacles and all that. And I think, ultimately getting through that, I think it really deepens your empathy.” – @TheElliotPage pic.twitter.com/qPZcb4r9LV
— Late Night with Seth Meyers (@LateNightSeth) June 22, 2022
jordan peterson making a 15 minute video with two different cameras crying about being suspended on twitter for straight up being transphobic about elliot page is hilarious. “intellectual giant” crying and debating twitter tos with the absolute worst arguments i’ve ever heard.
— hasanabi (@hasanthehun) July 1, 2022
Maybe if Jordan Peterson didn’t want to get suspended from Twitter, he shouldn’t have deadnamed Elliot Page. Seems pretty fucking easy
— Lily Simpson is in the They/Them Summer (@LilySimpson1312) July 1, 2022
Wahhhh Jordan Peterson got banned from twitter. What a scam. I’ve been suspended from Twitter, shadowbanned on Instagram several times, demonetized from tiktok for 6 months (hate speech making fun of white liberals) and besides this tweet, I don’t waste your time playing victim.
— Robin Tran 🏳️⚧️ (@robintran04) July 1, 2022
Professional victim Jordan Peterson insulted a person who did nothing to him.
Twitter asks him to delete the insulting post; he tantrums & refuses.
His fans start weeping about what a hero he is for going out of his way to be rude & miserable.
— The Moth Rules (@TheMothRules) June 30, 2022
Jordan Peterson getting his own podcast at the Daily Wire for misgendering Elliot Page is a perfect example of how lucrative being a piece a shit can be
— Catherine Caruso 🔮 (@cacarusoo) June 30, 2022