Jordan Peterson 'Would Rather Die' Than Delete Elliot Page Tweet

Jordan Peterson looks set to stay off Twitter for good as he said he "would rather die" than delete the tweet about Elliot Page that got his account suspended.

Last week those close to Peterson revealed that Twitter had suspended his account, and he could get it back within 12 hours if he deleted a tweet which mentioned back when Pride was a "sin" and referenced the "criminal physician" who removed "Ellen" Page's breasts.

Peterson has now spoken out against Twitter and addressed the remarks he made that got him banned from the platform. The Canadian social media personality posted a near-15 minute video to his Instagram and YouTube pages addressing the situation and doubling down on his original statement.

"The suspension will not be lifted unless I delete the hateful tweet in question. And I would rather die than do that," Peterson said in the video he posted late on Friday.

"What was it that I said that caused such a fuss? What exactly was it that I said that resulted in the ban?" Peterson asked, as he went on to dissect the original tweet regarding Page.

Peterson's daughter Mikhaila shared a screenshot of the original tweet and the message from Twitter that her father received.

In his response video, Peterson went through the Twitter terms at length, picking apart where he may have supposedly violated their rules.

"It is clearly the case that I did not promote violence against or threaten anyone with my missive." he said. "So that leaves the arguably lesser sin of harass. Let's assume, since I wasn't informed that that was the crime, and further harassment on the basis of so-called 'Gender Identity' since Twitter did not do me the favor of actually specifying my crime."

He vented his frustration at Twitter, demanding that they tell him exactly what rules he broke—"What rules you sons of bitches? Exactly? Precisely? Because such things matter when the accusations start flying."

He picked apart the first part of his statement, referencing a time when "pride" was a sin. "I don't regard pride as a virtue, it has been classically regarded as a sin. I don't see that sexual orientation or sexual desire of any sort, is something to celebrate or to take pride in. And so what I said was merely a fact."

He conceded that this was "probably not the reason" he was banned from Twitter.

He then acknowledges that he was guilty of the "appalling censorious" crime of "dead-naming" Elliot Page. Page, who came out as transgender in December 2020 and was previously known as Ellen, has been known as Elliot since then.

Peterson goes on to explain why he used the pronoun "her" rather than "he" or "they" to refer to Elliot. He suggested he needed to use Elliot's former pronouns to describe her mastectomy.

"How can I describe the fact that someone who was once a woman, and really still is, had her breasts cut off because she/he/they/their/them had fallen prey to a viciously harmful fad, without using the appropriate six link pronoun, and the real name of the real person to whom this was really done with his/her/their voluntary but unfortunate acquiescence."

Jordan Peterson and an inset Elliot Page
Jordan Peterson, right, has doubled down on comments he made about the actor Elliot Page, inset, that resulted in Peterson being banned from Twitter. Chris Williamson / Karwai Tang/Getty Images

Peterson continued to describe his issues with the idea of transitioning genders and how impressionable it can be for young people to see public figures do this.

He also referred to the "criminal physician" who performed surgery on Page, removing their breasts, comparing the situation to "fascist physicians" who performed "Nazi medical experiments." He also invoked the duty of doctors to do no harm under the Hippocratic Oath.

He also directed his anger at "woke moralists" on Twitter.

"I'm not taking down that tweet or acknowledging that my tweet violated the Twitter rules," he said. "Up yours, woke moralists. We'll see who cancels who."

He concluded by saying: "Twitter's a rat hole in the final analysis. And I have probably contributed to that while trying to use, understand and master that horrible, toxic platform. No doubt, I owe some apologies for that and I'm trying to learn but it's a relief in some real sense to be banned. And I regarded it under the present conditions as a badge of honor."

Peterson's video has been viewed millions of times across his social media channels, with thousands of people expressing their support for him.

Elliot Page has yet to address the situation publicly. Newsweek has contacted Page and Peterson individually for further comment.