It’s fast approaching winter, and you know what that means…
And it looks like a blizzard over at Penguin Random House Canada, where a bunch of staff members reportedly “broke down crying” because the publishing company decided to release a book they didn’t like and weren’t being forced to read.
According to VICE News, Penguin Random House held a town hall for employees Monday to discuss their upcoming release of Jordan Peterson’s new book, “Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life,” a follow-up to his similarly titled best seller “12 Rules For Life: An Antidote to Chaos,” which has sold more than a million copies since its 2018 release. In his latest book, Peterson, a Canadian clinical psychologist and psychology professor, discusses how the human tendency toward wanting security gives rise to tyranny and more government control.
But liberals don’t like Peterson, which apparently means that a company shouldn’t publish his book full of ideas they disagree with, and that other people might voluntarily pick up at a bookstore and read.
Some employees were so upset, in fact, that the company felt the need to hold a town hall to give them a "safe space" to express their distaste after Random House announced that it would, in fact, be publishing the book (because, as usual, profit wins out over a few hurt feelings).
“He is an icon of hate speech and transphobia and the fact that he’s an icon of white supremacy, regardless of the content of his book, I’m not proud to work for a company that publishes him,” one LGBTQ employee told VICE.
Another said that “people were crying in the meeting about how Jordan Peterson has affected their lives” and complained that Peterson’s book would be offensive to their gender-non-conforming friend.
Peterson has ben a vocal critic of the left-wing crusade to force society to refashion itself in order to accommodate trans identities, including the adoption of a slew of new pronouns and laws forcing non-trans people to accept changes like allowing men in women’s dressing rooms. He’s also espoused the apparently outlandish notion that men are in fact different from women and vice versa, that “white privilege” isn’t real, and has been a vocal advocate for free speech and the idea that public discourse is vital, even when certain ideas are “offensive” to some.
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