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06th Sep 2022

Jordan Peterson responds after Olivia Wilde says she based Don’t Worry Darling villain on him

Stephen Porzio

Wilde said the character in her new movie played by Chris Pine is based on Peterson.

New movie Don’t Worry Darling has been making headlines in recent weeks but probably not in the way its makers had intended.

The second film to be directed by famous actress Olivia Wilde, discussion about the psychological thriller has been dominated by reports of clashes between cast and crew on its set.

This is on top of actor Shia LaBeouf, who was originally cast in Don’t Worry Darling, publicly refuting claims he was fired from the movie, instead stating that he quit the picture.

Given all the gossip, you may have missed how Jordan Peterson has become embroiled in the discourse surrounding the film.

Well, during a conversation with fellow actress and filmmaker Maggie Gyllenhaal for Interview Magazine, Wilde said that Chris Pine’s villainous character in Don’t Worry Darling was based on the controversial professor.

“We based that character on this insane man, Jordan Peterson, who is this pseudo-intellectual hero to the incel community,” she said.

“They’re basically disenfranchised, mostly white men, who believe they are entitled to sex from women.

“And they believe that society has now robbed them – that the idea of feminism is working against nature, and that we must be put back into the correct place.”

Wilde later added: “This guy Jordan Peterson is someone that legitimises certain aspects of their movement because he’s a former professor, he’s an author, he wears a suit, so they feel like this is a real philosophy that should be taken seriously.”

In a statement to the National Post, Peterson joked about Pine playing a character based on him before hitting back against Wilde’s comments.

“Now, (Pine) has a reputation as quite an attractive man … so that could be worse,” he said.

“I also hope that Chris Pine at least does the sartorial splendour of my very formal public wardrobe justice as he pillories me in the latest bit of propaganda disseminated by the woke, self-righteous bores and bullies who now dominate Hollywood, and who insist on the production of such tripe.”

Regarding Wilde’s criticism that he is an inspiration to the incel community, Peterson said that these men are “unsuccessful enough in the dating market to remain involuntarily celibate, and which might be regarded in this context as the kind of derogatory slur compassionate progressives claim to eschew”.

He added: “Many of the young men whom the progressive and cancel-culture-facilitating mad woke mob (which contains no shortage of bitter, self-righteous, victimhood-brandishing, virtue-signalling, accusatory and even outright demented mean-girl feminists) have shamed and tortured into cowering for ever daring to manifest a single masculine attribute have turned to my work and found some solace therein.”

Peterson also stated that he has “repeatedly and very publicly” urged young men and women to “think very hard about their own personal shortcomings and not the evil of the opposite sex and that they should in consequence strive to amend themselves in the very ways that would make them attractive”.

Following its premiere at the Venice Film Festival this week, Don’t Worry Darling arrives in cinemas on 23 September.

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