There’s a new film about Jordan Peterson that looks really interesting. Check out the trailer right here:
Official trailer of “The Rise of Jordan Peterson” by @HoldSpaceFilms is live! To buy tickets to the world premiere in Toronto on Sept 26th, click here: https://t.co/GzPNOzQ9T3 pic.twitter.com/L6UqrHxng5
— Dr Jordan B Peterson (@jordanbpeterson) September 6, 2019
Even if you don’t think it looks like something you want to see, you’re cool with OTHER people seeing it, right? I mean, it’s not like it’s an ISIS recruitment film or anything. It’s a film by Patricia Marcoccia about how Jordan Peterson rose to prominence. It’s pretty harmless, all things considered.
According to that sourcelink, The Rise Of Jordan Peterson has been removed from scheduled line-up at the Carlton Cinema in Toronto because “one or more staff complained.”
I’m not even making that up. So a couple of theater employees got butthurt about viewpoints they disagree with, and decided to raise hell about it, enough so that the management Actually Decided to pull the film altogether.
This is total madness.
The filmmaker says that this isn’t the first rejection she’s received from indie film houses and other cinemas across Canada.
She said, “Over the last few months we have been reaching out to mainstream and arthouse cinemas across North America. In many cases, we encountered challenges simply because of the subject matter being Jordan Peterson. Some cinemas got stuck in internal debates. Others told us outright that they thought the film was well done and fair, but that they couldn’t, in good conscience, contribute to the ‘cult of personality around Peterson’ in any way.”
Can you even believe this crap?
The film apparently takes a look at the past few years of Peterson’s life, and explores his meteoric rise from near obscurity as a college professor to an absolute FORCE as a best selling author and speaker.
More from the sourcelink:
“It’s disappointing on many levels. This film was made with different perspectives in mind and there’s something in it for everyone—even if you’re not a Jordan Peterson fan,” Marcoccia told me. “The issues he raised and his presence in public discourse had a huge impact on society at large; that is undeniable. So for a film about him and about this high profile period to be dismissed because of fear or so-called moral principle, as though the very presence of a documentary covering it is problematic, is backwards in a free and progressive society. It also ironically supports Jordan’s criticisms about the dangers of social justice taking things too far.”
Marcoccia added that she’s not interested in participating in any political campaign with this film, and that some organisations that are right-leaning have also rejected showing it, “presumably because after watching they saw that it wasn’t a film that could easily be used as a political propaganda tool.”
That’s incredibly disappointing to read, isn’t it? That because it wasn’t somehow helpful to right-leaning organizations as a propaganda tool, they refused to screen it?
Do these organizations not have marketing departments? There is a high level of interest in Peterson. There’s a thirst for information about him. So why not give potential audiences the chance to watch the film? Why not make money in the process?
It’s all so counter-productive, and indicative of how utterly stupid our “cancel culture” has become.
Here’s the most amazing part. Peterson isn’t really a controversial figure, and his 12 Rules for Life book is CERTAINLY not controversial. He’s a clinical psychologist who has helped SCORES of people, primarily young men, who long for the kind of guidance and life advice he offers.
Oh, and by the way, he has literally saved lives. I know first hand, because I watched it happen.
And the problem isn’t a government one, amazingly. More from the sourcelink:
Albeit, this censorship is not pushed by a totalitarian state, but by individuals who have been taught to think words are so dangerous that they need to be shielded from anything that might challenge them a little. This is authoritarian and regressive. It’s not “unsafe” (to use their language) to hear a view that’s outside of your comfort zone. In Peterson’s own words, it may even be of critical importance to hear such views: “In order to think you have to risk being offensive,” Peterson once told Cathy Newman. And in order to understand, you have to expose yourself to thoughts you may disagree with.”
I know there’ll be theaters that DO choose to show the film, and I now have an even more heightened desire to see it because of how MADDENINGLY STUPID all of these censorship-happy theaters are being.
So congrats, hypersensitive, overreactive, perpetually-outraged weirdos. I hope your efforts result in even more eyeballs seeing the film.