Psychologist quits Twitter after facing backlash after dubbing plus size swimsuit model ‘not beautiful’

Jordan Peterson said "no amount of authoritarian tolerance" is going to change his thoughts

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A psychologist has quit Twitter after facing backlash for saying a plus size swimsuit model is “not beautiful”.

Jordan Peterson made the comments towards the latest cover star of Sports Illustrated Yumi Nu.

Making his feelings known on Twitter, Dr Peterson said “sorry. Not beautiful” accompanied by a picture of the cover.

Jordan Peterson
Jordan Peterson
The Canadian psychologist says he has left Twitter following the backlash
The Canadian psychologist says he has left Twitter following the backlash

The former professor at the University of Toronto, Canada added: “And no amount of authoritarian tolerance is going to change that.”

His views have been slammed by many.

At first, Dr Peterson stood by his comments, saying that the decision to put Ms Nu on the front cover was “a conscious and cynical manipulation by the oh-so virtuous politically correct".

He added: “It's a conscious progressive attempt to manipulate and retool the notion of beauty, reliant on the idiot philosophy that such preferences are learned and properly changed by those who know better.”

But as the “vicious flood of insults” continued, he eventually announced that he was leaving Twitter.

He said: “The endless flood of vicious insult is really not something that can be experienced anywhere else.

“I like to follow the people I know but I think the incentive structure of the platform makes it intrinsically and dangerously insane.

“So I told my staff to change my password, to keep me from temptation, and am departing once again.

“If I have something to say I'll write an article or make a video. If the issue is not important enough to justify that then perhaps it would be best to just let it go.”

His departure comes just weeks after he quit the platform for the first time, in a move which lasted three weeks.