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Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson angry that Ta-Nehisi Coates models a Marvel villain after him


Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson appeared perturbed that journalist and author Ta-Nehisi Coates modeled Marvel villain Red Skull after him in the latest issue of Captain America. 

The uncanny resemblance was brought to Peterson’s attention Monday morning by a fan commenting on the controversial psychologist’s tweet claiming that The Atlantic magazine ‘helped develop’ an ‘insanely bullying and self-righteous culture.’

The tweet from the fan included a panel from Captain America (2018) #28, published March 31, 2021, that showed the Red Skull offering sermons titled Ten Rules for Life, Chaos and Order, Karl Lueger’s Genius and The Feminist Trap.  

Jordan Peterson

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Jordan Peterson’s fans brought the comic by Ta-Nehisi Coates to his attention after the controversial psychologist tweeted about The Atlantic

The comic panel came from Captain America (2018) #28, published March 31, 2021

The comic panel came from Captain America (2018) #28, published March 31, 2021

Peterson’s most popular book and its sequel both have titles that are strikingly similar to titles from Red Skull’s sermons.

The psychologist is well-known for his ‘grow up’ approach to adulthood along with his conservative views. His 2018 book, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, is an international bestseller, having sold more than 5million copies around the world. 

Peterson’s latest book, Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life, is being published by Random House Canada to the dismay of some of the staff there.

Panel showed the Red Skull offering sermons titled Ten Rules for Life, Chaos and Order, Karl Lueger's Genius and The Feminist Trap. Peterson's most popular book and its sequel both have titles that are strikingly similar to titles from Red Skull's sermons

Panel showed the Red Skull offering sermons titled Ten Rules for Life, Chaos and Order, Karl Lueger’s Genius and The Feminist Trap. Peterson’s most popular book and its sequel both have titles that are strikingly similar to titles from Red Skull’s sermons

His 2018 book, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, is an international bestseller, having sold more than 5million copies around the world

Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life

The psychologist is well-known for his ‘grow up’ approach to adulthood along with his conservative views. His 2018 book, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, is an international bestseller, having sold more than 5million copies around the world. Peterson’s latest book, Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life, is pictured right

‘What the hell,’ Peterson said when seeing the tweet, sharing it to his 1.8million followers on Monday night. 

Peterson followed up the tweet with another that included more panels from the page, showing Captain America talking with a detective about the domestic terrorism as a result of followers of Red Skull deploying a bomb. 

Captain American explains that most of the Red Skulls followers are people who dive deep into the internet and come out brainwashed by his ‘theory on the world.’ 

‘It’s the same for all of them. Young men. Weak. Looking for purpose. I found the flag, you found the badge. They found the Skull,’ he explains. 

‘He tells them what they’ve always longed to hear. That they are secretly great. That the whole world is against them. That if they’re truly men, they’ll fight back.’ 

Peterson got confirmation from his fans that the panels came from the same issue before actually dubbing the panels a ‘parody.’

Peterson asked: '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?'

Peterson asked: ‘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?’

He asked: ‘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?’

The Red Skull is a longtime villain to Captain America known for his ties to Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. His mind was trapped along with former Soviet General Aleksander Lukin after the renegade general had the Marvel villain assassinated by the Winter Soldier during the Civil War among superheroes.

One Twitter user noted that even Lukin had striking similarities with Peterson – though it is unclear whether the psychologist has seen the reference. 

One Twitter user noted that the current Red Skull had striking similarities with Peterson - though it is unclear whether the psychologist has seen the reference

One Twitter user noted that the current Red Skull had striking similarities with Peterson – though it is unclear whether the psychologist has seen the reference

Junior staff at the Penguin Random House Canada publishing house tried to block the publication of Peterson’s Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life, calling him an ‘icon of white supremacy and hate speech’ for his series of controversial remarks. 

In 2017, he said in an interview: ‘The idea of white privilege is absolutely reprehensible and it’s not because white people aren’t privileged. Most people have all sorts of privilege. 

In a 2018 exchange on the British TV network Channel 4, he told interviewer Cathy Newman that young men were crying out to be told to grow up and be more ‘competent’ and that women ‘deeply’ wanted them to. 

Marvel comics have had a long history of providing commentary and support for movements pushed by marginalized groups through their panels and superheroes.  

Stan Lee notably said that the X-Men’s Professor Xavier and Charles Magneto were inspired by Civil Right Movement greats Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. The X-Men were introduced in 1963 during the height of the Civil Rights Movement and Lee would co-create Black Panther just a few years later in 1966, History.com reported. 

‘Let’s lay it right on the line. Bigotry and racism are among the deadliest social ills plaguing the world today,’ Lee wrote in December 1968. ‘[I]t’s totally irrational, patently insane to condemn an entire race—to despise an entire nation—to vilify an entire religion. 

‘Sooner or later, we must learn to judge each other on our own merits. Sooner or later, if a man is ever to be worthy of his destiny, we must fill our hearts with tolerance.’



Source | Dailymail

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