Someone thinks Jordan Peterson is a supervillain.
Jordan Peterson, the controversial psychology professor, podcast host and author, has reacted to the comparison between himself and the villain Red Skull in Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Captain America comic.
On Twitter, Peterson shared scenes from the Volume 9 #28 comic, which was published last week, and said Coates had used “a parody of [Peterson’s] ideas as part of the philosophy of the arch-villain Red Skull.”
Peterson was made aware of the Red Skull scene on Twitter when earlier this week, sociologist Nicholas A. Christakis quoted an article from The Atlantic that said: “Certain elements of our community are threatening to get people fired. Even if someone just poses a question, or expresses a conflicting view, you’re immediately labeled a problem, a white supremacist, and people will say, ‘Find out where they work.'”
Peterson quote-tweeted Christakis and said: “Would it be picayune to point out just how much the once-admirable Atlantic Magazine has helped develop this insanely bullying and self-righteous culture?”
Twitter user @DidymusSeth replied to Peterson and said: “Contributors to The Atlantic like Ta-Nehisi Coates are moving on to comics. @jordanbpeterson let me know if any of this looks familiar,” and attached an image from Coates’ Captain America comic. Coates previously worked as the national correspondent at The Atlantic.
In the comic, Red Skull seems to be discussing the “Ten Rules for Life,” playing on the title of Peterson’s book 12 Rules for Life. To the side of the screen are titles such as “Chaos and Order,” “Karl Lueger’s Genius,” and “The Feminist Trap.”