Jordan Peterson briefly suspended from Twitter for transphobic deadnaming of Elliot Page, says he’d ‘rather die’ than delete it

Jordan Peterson/ Elliot Page

Jordan Peterson pointlessly deadnamed Elliot Page on Twitter, then got butthurt at having his account restricted because “free speech”

*eyerolls Peterson joins the ever-expanding list of people who need it explained that freedom of speech is not a licence to act hateful*


Conservative Canadian author and self-proclaimed ”traditionalist“ Jordan Peterson was temporarily suspended from Twitter after breaching the platform’s hateful conduct policy with a post deadnaming Elliot Page.


The divisive author temporarily lost access to most of Twitter’s features on Tuesday (June 28) after sending a tweet that used the Umbrella Academy star’s dead name and made reference to him undergoing top surgery.


The tweet was in reply to a New York Post article in which Page said he is proud to introduce a trans character to The Umbrella Academy.

The 60-year-old, in reply, tweeted: ‘Remember when pride was a sin? And [Elliot Page] just had [his] breasts removed by a criminal physician.’


Peterson later told Canadian conservative publication the National Post: “I penned an irritated tweet in response to one of the latest happenings on the increasingly heated culture war front.”

The publication claims Peterson had said he would “rather die” than delete the tweet.


The tweet was flagged for “hateful conduct,” with the suspension notice clarifying it went against the platform’s policy:

“You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, caste, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.”


Peterson’s daughter, Mikhaila Peterson, posted screenshots of the message her father received from Twitter, saying Twitter is “definitely not a free speech platform”. She tagged Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who is in the process of buying the social media platform.

‘The account owner will need to delete the violative Tweet before regaining full access to their account”, the letter read.

‘Per that policy, we prohibit targeting others with repeated slurs, tropes or other content that intends to dehumanise, degrade or reinforce negative or harmful stereotypes about a protected category.

‘This includes targeted misgendering or deadnaming of transgender individuals.’


Peterson said he refused to delete the tweet, however it does seem to be gone from his timeline in any instance.


Elliot Page, who presumably was just going about his life, attempting to live freely and without shitty abuse from strangers on social media, has – at the time of writing – yet to comment on the post.


But here’s the interview in question (below) and scroll down for some of Twitter’s reactions.