Author Jordan Peterson has said his life “has not been happy” in the years since he spoke out about a controversial Canadian bill that protected gender expression and identity.
Appearing on Fox Nation’s Tucker Carlson Today on Monday, the clinical psychologist responded to host Carlson about whether it had made him happy.
He said: “Well, I wouldn’t say I’m happy I made the decision. I wouldn’t say my life has been particularly happy over the last five years, it’s been stressful beyond comprehension for a variety of reasons.
“I would say being pilloried on a regular basis publicly is definitely part of that. But, you know, you make your decisions in life and I decided when I was very young, in my mid-twenties, that I was going to say what I believed and see what happened.”
Peterson continued: “Earlier in the talk, I talked about adventure, about the adventure of truth and I don’t think I’m happy about what has happened, I certainly have dragged my family through their fair share of hell and incomprehensible opportunity, it’s expanded our lives in both directions to a tremendous degree.
“But, it’s certainly been an adventure. It’s not been dull. I don’t believe it was a mistake.”
The clinical psychologist first rose to prominence in 2016, when he opposed the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code, which introduced gender identity as illegal grounds of discrimination.
Peterson claimed the bill would mean people who did not use a person’s desired pronouns would constitute as hate speech.
His claim was challenged by Brenda Cossman who said he was “fundamentally mischaracterizing” the bill.
Cossman told the Torontoist in 2016: “I don’t think there’s any legal expert that would say [this] would meet the threshold for hate speech in Canada.”
She added: “The misuse of pronouns is not equivalent to advocating genocide in any conceivable manner. If he advocated genocide against trans people, he would be in violation, but misusing pronouns is not what that provision of the code is about.”
Since Peterson was catapulted into the spotlight, he has become a beloved figure in conservative circles and published the best-seller ’12 Rules to Life’ in 2018.
But, the following year he would go through a tragic low when he was checked into a New York rehabilitation facility in New York after he was prescribed Clonazepam following his wife’s diagnosis of terminal cancer.
His daughter, Mikhaila said her father was checked into the clinic after experiencing “horrific” physical withdrawal symptoms from trying to take himself off the drug.
Recently, critics of Peterson mocked his reaction to Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Volume 9 #28 of the Captain America comic, where his ideas were parroted by the Nazi supervillain, Red Skull.
YouTuber Lily Simpson said: “it’s pretty funny that Jordan Peterson is complaining that the Nazi supervillain Red Skull sounds like him”
She added it was: “Unironically amazing how upset he sounds.”
Her response was to a tweet by Peterson where the author said: “Do I really live in a universe where Ta-Nehisi Coates has written a Captain America comic featuring a parody of my ideas as part of the philosophy of the arch-villain Red Skull?”