Twitter ‘deletes’ Jordan Peterson tweet deadnaming Elliot Page after he said he’d ‘rather die’
Jordan Peterson said he would “rather die” than delete the “hateful” tweet deadnaming Elliot Page.
The Canadian right-wing psychologist, notorious for his anti-trans rhetoric, was reportedly suspended from Twitter temporarily after violating the site’s rules against hateful conduct with a tweet about Elliot Page, which now appears to have been deleted by the site.
The tweet in question, posted on 22 June, saw Peterson misgendered and deadnamed trans actor Elliot Page, saying: “Remember when pride was a sin? And [Elliot Page] just had [his] breasts removed by a criminal physician.”
Controversial commentator Dave Rubin tweeted about the suspension on Wednesday (June 29), saying Peterson “just told” him “he will ‘never’ delete the tweet”.
He attached a picture of the warning from Twitter, which outlined the violation, saying that “you may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people,” which included “gender, gender identity.”
Peterson told the National Post he would “rather die” than delete the tweet, saying: “There are no rules on Twitter except don’t do what we don’t like today. They are always applied post hoc by algorithms and idiots bent on maintaining their woke superiority.”
At the time of writing, the tweet is no longer available and Peterson’s account appears functional.
The Umbrella Academy actor Elliot Page came out as trans in 2020, immediately becoming one of the most high-profile trans people in the world. Since then, he has shared various stories about how his life has improved since transitioning.
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