Jordan Peterson says plus-size model on Sports Illustrated cover is ‘not beautiful,’ quits Twitter following backlash

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Dr. Jordan Peterson took Sports Illustrated to task Monday on Twitter for naming a plus-sized model for its annual swimsuit issue.

Following backlash, he announced that he would be leaving the social media network.

What are the details?

Peterson took a swipe at the magazine and its cover model, Yumi Nu, on Monday, sharing a snap of the cover and snarking, “Sorry. Not beautiful. And no amount of authoritarian tolerance is going to change that.”

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He later engaged with a Twitter user who said that Peterson “sounded like a parody” of himself with the tweet, and added that it’s a “conscious progressive attempt to manipulate & retool the notion of beauty, reliant on the idiot philosophy that such preferences are learned & properly changed by those who know better … but don’t let the facts stop you.”

Peterson later announced that he was departing from Twitter.

On Tuesday, he wrote, “My YouTube channel has now hit 5,000,000 subscribers. Thank you all for your ongoing support. I am nothing but grateful for the opportunities that have opened up to me because of you. I can confirm some very exciting projects and content coming soon. Take care, and keep striving.”

What else is there to know about this?

Nu told the New York Post that she was “on cloud nine” after being selected for the coveted Sports Illustrated cover.

“It’s amazing,” she said. “This is nothing I could prepare for. It’s unexpected. I feel like we’re in a place right now where people are making space for more diversity on magazine covers. It’s a big time for Asian-American people in media. I know I play a big role in representation in body diversity and race diversity, and I love to be a role model and representative of the plus-size Asian community.”

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