“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.”
Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson is set to release a new book, Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life, in march of 2021, but the announcement of his latest work set the publishing company ablaze.
According to VICE, some staffers felt ambushed by the news of Peterson’s upcoming book and many pushed to have the book cancelled during a confrontation with Penguin Random House management Monday. Management held a town hall meeting with employees in which they defended their decision to publish Peterson’s book.
On Monday, Penguin Random House Canada, Canada’s largest book publisher and a subsidiary of Penguin Random House, announced it will be publishing Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life by Peterson, to be released in March 2021. The book will be published by Portfolio in the U.S. and Penguin Press in the U.K., both part of the Penguin Random House empire.
Four Penguin Random House Canada employees, who did not want to be named due to concerns over their employment, said the company held a town hall about the book Monday, during which executives defended the decision to publish Peterson while employees cited their concerns about platforming someone who is popular in far-right circles.
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