Controversial author Jordan Peterson is under fire for his description of plus size Sports Illustrated Yumi Nu swimsuit cover model “isn’t pretty”.
Peterson tweeted New York Post Tweet on Mondays on No.
He wrote: “Sorry. It’s not pretty. And no amount of tyrannical tolerance will change it.”
But the reaction was faster than the cancellation culture conference.
And now the academic has quit, or is about to quit, Twitter and his three million followers.
He tweeted Monday evening: “The endless stream of brutal insults isn’t really something to experience anywhere else. I love following people I know but I think the incentive structure of the platform makes it intrinsically insane and dangerous.”
He said he wants his employees to torpedo the temptations to restart on the Twitterverse.
“I have asked my employees to change my password, to protect me from temptation and I will be leaving again,” Peterson wrote. “If I had something to say, I would write an article or make a video. If the issue wasn’t important enough to justify it, maybe it would be better to leave it.”
However, as of early Tuesday night, Peterson’s Twitter account remains active.
One user challenged the former University of Toronto professor’s bestselling: ‘An authoritarian’? Chunky women on magazine covers? Looks like a parody of yours.”
Peterson replied, “It is a conscious, progressive attempt to manipulate and retool the concept of beauty, drawing on the foolish philosophy that such preferences are properly learned and altered by those who know best. But don’t let the facts stop you.”
For good measure, he added links to two academic papers on gravity.
But his critics are not finished.
Someone wrote: “Beauty standards change over time. Plus you published two studies that don’t support your point of view.”
Another tweeter added, “It was always a parody of a ‘thinking’ psychologist, dummies.”
However, Peterson wasn’t alone in his criticisms – but he was often an over-sized Nue.
One person wrote: “Let’s be honest. It’s beautiful. Heavy set..but still beautiful.”
Another said, “On real siblings…if I shed the extra weight, you’d be 10. She’s pretty, but I’d rather be in a little better shape, especially being on the cover of a mag in a swimsuit. But without a doubt beautiful, decent proportions” .
Peterson – a conservative thinker – is best known as the author of 12 Rules for Life. He has nearly five million YouTube subscribers who have adopted his views on the issues of the day.
For her part, Nu commented on the criticism but told the newspaper she was stunned by the making of the cover.
“I couldn’t speak. I had goosebumps all over my body. I was shivering, I was crying. Nou told the famous tabloid about the surprise.” “Amazing. I’m on cloud nine. This is something I can prepare for. It is unexpected. “