A number of staff at Penguin Random House Canada broke into tears as they expressed opposition to publishing Jordan Peterson’s latest book.
A tense managerial meeting with staff at the publishing house saw a number of employees object to publishing Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life by Peterson, according to Vice.com.
The popular psychologist was reportedly deemed “an icon of white supremacy” and transphobia by an LGBT employee, whilst another staffer shared how people were crying at the meeting.
“He is an icon of hate speech and transphobia and the fact that he’s an icon of white supremacy, regardless of the content of his book, I’m not proud to work for a company that publishes him,” Vice World News was told by an employee who attended the meeting.
Another staffer described how Peterson had allegedly “radicalized” their father and that publishing the book would be an affront to people like their “non-binary friend.”
“The company since June has been doing all these anti-racist and allyship things and them publishing Peterson’s book completely goes against this. It just makes all of their previous efforts seem completely performative,” the employee said.
Whilst almost 70 complaints were made against the decision to publish the book in March 2021, only 2 staffers issued messages of support.
Mikhaela Peterson, daughter of Mr. Peterson, took to Twitter in response to the news, creating two more rules for businesses to live by:
“… staff CRIED and expressed dismay with the decision to publish 'Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life.'”
How to improve business in 2 steps:
Step 1: identify crying adults
Step 2: fire
Penguin Staff Confront Publisher About New Jordan Peterson Book – https://t.co/hFBJPS2SmA
— Mikhaila Peterson (@MikhailaAleksis) November 24, 2020
Penguin Random House Canada has said it remains “committed to publishing a range of voices and viewpoints” in a statement sent to Vice World News.
“We announced yesterday that we will publish Jordan Peterson’s new book Beyond Order this coming March. Immediately following the announcement, we held a forum and provided a space for our employees to express their views and offer feedback. Our employees have started an anonymous feedback channel, which we fully support. We are open to hearing our employees’ feedback and answering all of their questions. We remain committed to publishing a range of voices and viewpoints.”