Jordan Peterson’s new book release brings tears, anger among publisher’s staff

Jordan Peterson's new book release brings tears, anger among publisher's staff

Employees of Penguin Random House Canada allegedly called for the publisher’s decision to publish Jordan Peterson’s new book during a recent hall meeting.

Peterson, a Canadian clinical psychologist self-styled as “professor against political correctness,” has announced his new book. Beyond Order: 12 more rules for life Will be released in a YouTube video on Monday, March 2021.

The news sparked outrage at Canada’s largest book publisher, with some staff facing management for canceling the book’s release, Vice said. Dozens of people lodged anonymous complaints in the report.

Four Penguin Random House Canada staff told the Vice that the company was confidential about Peterson’s book and that it did not appear in an internal database that normally includes all upcoming releases.

He said that in the inner hall of the hall on Monday, the publishing executives defended the decision to publish Peterson, while the employees broadcast their complaints.

“She is a symbol of hate speech and transphobia and despite the fact that she is a symbol of the white supremacy, regardless of the content of her book, I am not proud to work for the company that publishes her.” An employee, who is also a member of the LGBT community, told Vice.

“People were crying in the meeting about how Jordan Peterson has affected their lives,” said another.

One employee said Peterson had called his father a “fanatic”, while another said that publishing his new book would have a negative effect on his non-binary friend.

Petersen is known for his controversial views on political and cultural issues, following his rise to prominence in 2016 over his refusal to use gender-neutral pronouns. His book 12 Rules of Life: Elimination of Chaos Worldwide, According to To the Penguin Random House.

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In a statement to Voice, Penguin Random House Canada said it was “committed to publishing a series of voices and perspectives.”

“We are open to listening to the feedback of our employees and answering all their questions,” the statement said.

The report was widely circulated on social media by Vice, suggesting that some employees who had complained should be fired.

Mikhela Petersen, Petersen’s daughter, tweeted the article, calling for the “crying adults” to be identified and fired.

Conservative pundit Candace Owens also called for the strike. He tweeted, “I never understood that business owners have ‘conflicts’ with employees who make demands.”

“As a business owner, I can’t get involved. It’s a fast-paced path to unemployment for us that has a backbone. I didn’t build my businesses for the right brats to figure out how to run it.”

Jordan Peterson addresses students at Cambridge Union on November 2, 2018 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.
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