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Even Joe Rogan thinks Jordan Peterson shouldn’t have deadnamed Elliot Page

Josh Milton July 22, 2022
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Both Joe Rogan (L) and Jordan Peterson has criticised trans people for simply existing. (Getty Images)

Joe Rogan has, in a very Joe Rogan way, called out Jordan Peterson for being “offended” that he can’t deadname Elliot Page.

Peterson, a conservative author and psychologist, was suspended from Twitter for violating the social media service’s rules against hateful conduct.

He both misgendered and deadnamed the trans actor on 22 June, saying: “Remember when Pride was a sin? And [Elliot Page] just had [his] breasts removed by a criminal physician.”

But on Tuesday’s (19 July) episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, the right-wing radio host told guest Zachary Levi that not being able to be anti-trans on Twitter is an odd hill to die on.

“He’s kicked off Twitter right now,” said Rogan on the podcast. “I think that was the number one thing. The deadnaming.”

“My friend [standup comedian] Brian Simpson had a very good thing to say about that. He was like: ‘I come to you for like heavy-duty intellectual sh*t.’ He goes: ‘Not for this.’

“Like this is not a thing to be getting offended about.”

Rogan added that trans rights often “riles people up” which can make them act “weird” – Peterson included.

“Like everybody’s in favour of everybody doing whatever they want to do, as long as it doesn’t hurt anybody until it gets to gender and then people start getting weird,” he said.

“They start thinking it’s a mistake. They start thinking all kinds of things.”

Jordan Peterson has staked his career in being a critic of identity politics and political correctness. (Don Arnold/WireImage)

Levi, an actor known for his role in Shazam!, said that there is “fear and pain” on “all sides” when it comes to trans rights.

“Look, it’s his life, it’s his Twitter,” he added. “Or was his Twitter anyway.”

After being temporarily banned from Twitter, Peterson posted a nearly 15-minute long YouTube video that doubled down on his determination to deadname a trans person. Because he truly has nothing else better to do with his time.

He compared Pride month to pride, one of the seven deadly sins, before adding: “The suspension will not be lifted unless I delete the hateful tweet in question. And I would rather die than do that.”

“What was it that I said that caused such a fuss? What exactly was it that I said that resulted in the ban?”

He also launched into a tirade about how he in no way cares about what “woke moralists” have to say, he said in his nearly 15-minute-long video about what they have to say.

Peterson, an alleged philosopher, often takes any and all opportunities to spew anti-trans rhetoric.

The professional provocateur told Rogan on his podcast in January that being trans is a “sociological contagion” comparable to “satanic ritual abuse”.

Both remarks are common anti-LGBTQ+ phrases rooted in decades of bigotry, with “satanic panic” being rampant worldwide in the 1980s.

Rogan’s track record, meanwhile, has seen the the Ultimate Fighting Championship colour commentator misgender Caitlyn Jenner and assistant health secretary Rachel Levine, berate trans swimmer Lia Thomas’ genitalia and link trans people to the collapse of civilisation.

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