Jordan Peterson’s Twitter account was suspended for “harassing” a transgender individual one day after the Daily Wire hired him.
“Remember when pride was a sin?” the 60-year-old Canadian psychologist asked in a Twitter post. “And Ellen Page just had her breasts removed by a criminal physician.”
He said Twitter informed him his account was suspended until he clicks Delete on his tweet that would signify his acknowledgement that it violated Twitter’s rules.
“[T]he suspension will not be lifted unless I delete the “hateful” tweet in question, and I would rather die than do that,” Peterson said in a Daily Wire opinion piece published Friday.
The clinical psychologist dissected Twitter’s case against him, beginning by declaring he clearly did not “promote violence against” or “threaten” anyone in his tweet. He argues that leaves the catch-all claim of “harass” as a best guess. That, he declared, was a huge problem.
“Since Twitter did not do me the favor of actually specifying my crime, we unfortunately have to guess at why this has occurred,” he said, adding, “I should at least know exactly what I did wrong if I am required to ‘acknowledge that’ my ‘Tweet violated the Twitter Rules.'”
Peterson touches slightly on Pride month before segueing into the meat of the tweet, which discussed Ellen Page’s breast removal.
Page was named “Ellen” by her Canadian parents upon her February 21, 1987, birth. She started acting at age 10 with the TV series “Pit Pony” where her screen credits listed her as Ellen Page. She has many other screen credits where her birth name was used.
She came out as a gay woman in 2014 before later describing herself as transgender in December 2020. When she announced she had transitioned from female to male, she declared her name was now Elliot Page and should be referred to using male pronouns. She reportedly had “top surgery” in March to obtain a more masculine chest. Page has not announced undergoing a sex change operation to replace her female reproductive organs with the male counterpart.
Peterson wonders if Twitterati objected to his “deadnaming” Page by calling her by the name her parents assigned her, rather than her chosen one. He also wondered how the Twitter censors would have him describe her breast removal.
“If he or she was a he, then why was it necessary to have the mastectomy?” asked Peterson. “And how could those I am writing to make sense of what I was saying if it was ‘his’ breasts that were removed? Were those male breasts or female breasts that were removed?”
Another confusing aspect of Page’s transition that Peterson has yet to address is her sexuality. She came out as a gay person: a woman who prefers having sex with other women. When she later announced she transitioned to male and continued to have sex with women, did that transform her sexuality to heterosexual? Or, as a “man,” is Page now having sex with men?
Also, if a female patient has a mastectomy to fight breast cancer, does that transform her into a man? The Daily Wire new hire obviously wonders then how Page’s breast removal qualifies as a gender-transforming act.
Peterson’s position that the semantics transgender advocates want to force others to use is daunting, confusing and wordy.
It gets very confusing. Former President Abraham Lincoln offered prescient advice more than 150 years ago.
“How many legs does a dog have if you call its tail a leg,” Lincoln famously asked before answering, “Four.”
“Saying that a tail is a leg doesn’t make it a leg.”
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