In a nutshell, the performance art of Jordan Peterson goes something like this:
- Do an interview with a mainstream outlet and say something intentionally provocative but vague. (A la Trump.)
- After receiving publicity for the provocative comment, use its vagueness to argue that you are a victim of being taken out of context.
- Use this to bolster your cred as being a victim of so-called “political correctness,” and receive praise from people who buy into this narrative.
- Make lots of money and repeat.
This was best shown last fall when Jordan Peterson told Vice that women who don’t want to be sexually harassed should not wear makeup at work. Of course, he claimed that’s not what he really said, even though he did.
So, one of Jordan Peterson’s fans made this video, which puts Vice’s edited-for-time version against the uncut interview. However, watching this pro-Peterson cut made Jordan Peterson out to be even more out-of-touch than before! It’s on the long side–20ish minutes–but nothing about it vindicates him.
This is pure conservative aggrievement. It’s an attempt to legitimize their voices by claiming non-existant oppression. The reality, of course, is that Jordan Peterson is a well-paid tenured professor at one of the best universities in the world with constant mainstream media attention. No one is “stifling” his ideas – they’re just criticizing them! And the only thing he does is to respond with absurd allegations of being taken out of context or ridiculous charges of “censorship.”