Controversial Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson appeared on Wednesday's episode of "Piers Morgan Uncensored."
Peterson responded to Olivia Wilde's claim that the villain in "Don't Worry Darling" is based on him.
"I thought the marginalized were supposed to have a voice," the Canadian author said while appearing to tear up.
On Wednesday controversial Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson appeared on "Piers Morgan Uncensored" to respond to director Olivia Wilde's claim that the villain in "Don't Worry Darling" was based on him.
Last month, Wilde opened up to Maggie Gyllenhaal in Interview magazine about the inspiration behind Chris Pine's villainous character Frank in her latest psychological thriller, "Don't Worry Darling." The film stars Florence Pugh and Harry Styles as a picture-perfect 1950's couple living in Frank's utopian community, Victory.
"We based that character on this insane man, Jordan Peterson, who is this pseudo-intellectual hero to the incel community," she said to Gyllenhaal.
During their discussion, Morgan asked Peterson if it was fair to assert his status as a hero to men that are "despicable in many ways." In response, Peterson said, "Sure, why not. People have been after me for a long time because I've been speaking to disaffected young men — what a terrible thing to do, that is."
Then, Peterson paused as his eyes teared up. "I thought the marginalized were supposed to have a voice," he added.
"It's very difficult to understand how demoralized people are, and certainly many young men are in that category. And you get these casual insults: 'These incels.' What does that mean? Well, these men, they don't know how to make themselves attractive to women, who are very picky," Peterson continued. "And good for them — women, be picky. That's your gift, man. Demand high standards from your men. Fair enough. But all these men who are alienated, they're lonesome, and they don't want to do, and everyone piles abuse on them."
Incels, or involuntary celibates, are "heterosexual men who blame women and society for their lack of romantic success" according to the Anti-Defamation League. The term rose to popularity in recent years due to online chat rooms and violent attacks made by some community members.
In 2016, Peterson rose to fame within this sector after posting a three-part YouTube series titled "Professor Against Political Correctness." Since then, his lectures and debates have garnered more than 40 million views on YouTube. According to The Guardian, his earnings are driven by Patreon and YouTube supporters.
Peterson also called Wilde's critique "low-level."
"When Olivia Wilde made those comments, the first thing I did was go look at the preview for her movie, which I quite liked. I thought I would go see that movie, probably, and perhaps I will. It didn't really bother me," Peterson told Morgan.
On Chris Pine being cast to portray his likeness in the film, Peterson said, "He's a very good-looking man, and so that seems all right."
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