People have had a field day – er, week – mocking a video made by anti-LGBTQ Canadian professor Jordan Peterson after he got suspended from Twitter for deadnaming actor Elliot Page.
Peterson published a tweet last week when he wrote for his 2.8 million followers: “Remember when pride was a sin? And [deadname] Page just had her breasts removed by a criminal physician.”
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Peterson got suspended for that tweet since deadnaming violates Twitter’s policy on harassment and hate speech. According to his daughter, he was told to delete that tweet if he wanted back on the platform.
Instead of just deleting it, he made a meme-able video whining about Twitter’s rules, where he claimed that he “would rather die” than delete his tweet about Page.
“What was it that I said that caused such a fuss? What exactly was it that I said that resulted in the ban?” he asked, even though Twitter’s rules specifically mention deadnaming and misgendering as forms of harassment.
“What rules you sons of bitches? Exactly? Precisely? Because such things matter when the accusations start flying,” he said.
“I’m not taking down that tweet or acknowledging that my tweet violated the Twitter rules,” he said. “Up yours, woke moralists. We’ll see who cancels who.”
Of course, the over-the-top video inspired a lot of mockery on the platform. Many focused on the “up yours, woke moralists” bit.
I CAN'T BREATHE THIS IS THE FUNNIEST THING I'VE EVER HEARD pic.twitter.com/B3RIrqq2nm
— Braden 🏺 (@BradenIsBased) July 5, 2022
Jordan Peterson so easily sounds like a villain. I'd say it's not even funny, but it's extremely funny pic.twitter.com/BfOoGRgwV0
— Jacob DeRose (@JacobDJAtkinson) July 8, 2022
i edited that jordan peterson video into a CONTROL cutscene pic.twitter.com/UtZubmzsRx
— Samperson (@SamNChiet) July 7, 2022
Hope this hasn't been done yet. pic.twitter.com/Rhvy824g9y
— WhimsicalVR 🇺🇦 (@WhimsicalVR) July 7, 2022
Others thought the “what rules, you sons of b**ches” part was funnier.
Everyone keeps talking about the "up yours" Jordan Peterson clip and neglecting an even FUNNIER part of that video pic.twitter.com/XDr3JonWrQ
— Kyria 🧟♀️💚 | Zombie VTuber! (@KyriaThanatos) July 7, 2022
I think it's funny he says this like it's some big own, but, like, it's literally plainly written in the rules pic.twitter.com/4Fipp68ZWY
— A very safe noodle (@Safety_Noodle) July 8, 2022
There was also the “I would rather die than” delete the tweet part. Peterson’s account is now back online and the offending tweet is no longer there, so many speculated that he did delete the tweet even though he continues to live.
jordan peterson: “i’d rather die than call Elliot Page by his name” pic.twitter.com/lhnIKbXAA3
— rose (@hahawhyman) July 3, 2022
Jordan Peterson: I would rather DIE than delete that tweet.
Jordan Peterson: I deleted the tweet.
— Tyler Black, MD (@tylerblack32) July 3, 2022
Others remixed the video.
Jordan Peterson has some thoughts pic.twitter.com/eOODszanon
— very tall bart (@TallBart) July 3, 2022
I turned Jordan Peterson's latest video in to an interview pic.twitter.com/JaDy29mTk9
— Will Sebag-Montefiore (@wsebag) July 4, 2022
Some people mocked Peterson in general because he styles himself a self-help guru with his book 12 Rules for Life yet melts down when he has to follow the same rules everyone else has to follow.
Jordan Peterson after seeing 4chan incels pic.twitter.com/OlBHIzAfdm
— Yuri X (@yuri_communism) July 3, 2022
Elliot Page ended Jordan Peterson's career without doing anything.
He is just that powerful.
— Ant 💀 Waiting for Halloween (@AGramuglia) July 3, 2022
I think Jordan Peterson is a classic case of a smart person getting so full of themselves that they become an idiot
— Cosmological 🏺🇺🇦 (@LoGravityTweets) July 6, 2022
The full video is below.