New Jordan Peterson book causes tears to flow at publisher

Lawrence Kim
November 27, 2020

Penguin Random House employees were sent into a tizzy by the firm's decision to publish Canadian professor Jordan Peterson's new book, prompting a meeting where staffers reportedly cried and demanded that the tome be cancelled.

There was quite a reaction to the idea of a new Peterson book in the offices of Penguin Random House Canada.

It had been recently announced that Penguin Random House Canada would be publishing Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life by Peterson.

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.

After working for decades as a distinguished clinical psychologist and a celebrated professor at Harvard and the University of Toronto, Peterson has become one of the world's most influential public intellectuals.

Now, Allen Lane has announced that the much-anticipated sequel, 12 More Rules for Life, is to be published on March 2nd 2021.

"He is a symbol of hate speech and transphobia, he is a symbol of white supremacy and is not proud to work for a company that publishes him regardless of the content of his book", said a Town Hall participant who is also a member of the LGBTQ community. Peterson's previous book 12 Rules for Life was extremely successful selling over 3 million copies worldwide.

Another [Penguin Random House Canada] claimed that "people were crying in the meeting about how [psychologist and author] Jordan Peterson has affected their lives".

The anonymous employees expressed concerns that Penguin had been secretive about the future release of Peterson's book, deliberately keeping it under wraps.

He has, in the past, refused to acknowledge non-binary or gender neutral pronouns, saying: "There's no way I'm going to use words made up by people who are doing that - not a chance".

In a statement to Vice News, the publishing house responded: "Our employees have started an anonymous feedback channel, which we fully support". We are committed to eliciting a wide range of voices and perspectives.

"We are ready to hear the views of our employees and answer all their questions", the statement added.

Vice's report quickly went viral on social media with critics mocking the crying employees, suggesting they should quit or be fired by the publisher for their emotional response to Peterson's work.

Conservative pundit Candace Owens has called for layoffs.

"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".

Cambridge University past year rescinded its offer of a visiting fellowship to Peterson because of pressure from faculty and students, and protesters have tried to block or disrupt his speaking engagements.

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