Jordan Peterson Reacts to Twitter Ban, Says He’d “Rather Die” than Give In

Jordan Peterson reacted to his impending Twitter ban in a video posted to his YouTube channel Friday, saying he’d “rather die” than delete the tweet that allegedly violated Twitter’s rules against hateful conduct.

In the video, Peterson described how Twitter was attempting to strong-arm him into deleting his tweet about transgender actor Elliot Page with the threat of a permanent ban from the platform.

“I’ve essentially been banned from Twitter as a consequence,” Peterson said Friday. “I say ‘banned,’ although technically I’ve been suspended. But the suspension will not be lifted unless I delete the hateful tweet in question, and I would rather die than do that. Hopefully, it will not come to that, although who the hell knows in these increasingly strange days.”

The tweet that landed Peterson in hot water with Twitter’s censors was a message he posted on June 22 which read, “Remember when pride was a sin? And Ellen Page just had her breasts removed by a criminal physician.”

The tweet then linked to an article titled “Elliot Page is ‘proud’ to introduce trans character on ‘Umbrella Academy’,” referring to a Netflix series, “Umbrella Academy,” which portrays 35-year-old transgender actor Elliot Page as a transgender character on the show.

Peterson, an outspoken cultural commentator and professor of psychology, said he wasn’t told by Twitter what part of his tweet violated their policy against hateful conduct.

“Since Twitter did not do me the favor of actually specifying my crime — and there are many possibilities on that front — we, unfortunately, have to guess at why this has occurred,” Peterson said. “And that’s actually a big problem in and of itself, and also indicative of the utter carelessness of the Twitter organization with regard to the propriety of its own censorial actions.”

Twitter’s policy against hateful conduct maintains that users “may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliatio, age, disability, or serious disease.”

Last month, Peterson received backlash for a tweet in which he said that a plus-sized Sports Illustrated swimsuit model was “not beautiful,” despite a culture of “authoritarian tolerance.”