Penguin Random House Canada’s decision to publish a new book by controversial Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson — who has called white privilege a “Marxist lie” — caused employees to break down in tears during a company-wide meeting, according to a new report.
Several workers, who didn’t want to be identified, vented to Vice News about the decision that Peterson’s book “Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life” would be published by the subsidiary of Penguin Random House and released in March 2021.
The announcement was the focus of an emotional town hall with staffers Monday.
“People were crying in the meeting about how Jordan Peterson has affected their lives,” one employee told Vice News.
Popular among right-wingers, Peterson in 2016 notably spoke out against Canadian law Bill C-16, which added “gender identity or expression” to the Canadian Human Rights Act. The law, passed the following year, made it illegal to discriminate based on gender.
At the time, Peterson, 58, a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, said he believed the law criminalized free speech. He also refused to use gender-neutral pronouns — a move that was denounced by the university.
“These laws are the first laws that I’ve seen that require people under the threat of legal punishment to employ certain words, to speak a certain way, instead of merely limiting what they’re allowed to say,” Peterson told the Toronto Sun in 2016. “So the law’s put words into our mouths.”
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SOURCE: New York Post, Lia Eustachewich