Cristiano Ronaldo has been chastised for posting an Instagram selfie of himself alongside right-wing psychologist Jordan Peterson.
Due to his polarizing opinions on masculinity, Covid-19 vaccines, and transgender persons in recent years, Peterson has become a contentious figure.
Peterson’s Twitter account was terminated in 2017 when actor Elliot Page was given a false name and gender.
He tweeted: ‘Remember when Pride was a sin? And [Elliot Page] just had [his] breasts removed by a criminal physician.’
After three years, Page came out as transgender, and Peterson faced repercussions for his remarks.
Peterson made headlines last year when he said that for him to get a Covid-19 immunization booster, “you’d have to kill me first.”
The psychologist has acknowledged that he is Covid-19 immunized, however, he made this statement after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged citizens to get immunized as infection rates rose in the nation in December.
Peterson has referred to himself as a “professor against political correctness” during his climb to popularity, and he has been particularly outspoken about masculinity.
The 60-year-old has said that “the masculine spirit is under siege” and that “the idea that women were oppressed throughout history is an abhorrent ideology”. These statements have attracted a lot of criticism against the psychologist.
However, Ronaldo does not seem to have been affected by these opinions as the Portuguese football player posed with Peterson for a picture on Saturday, September 11, 2022.
Ronaldo encircled Peterson’s shoulder and wrote the following in the photo’s caption: ‘Nice to see you my friend! #seeyousoon.’
Many fans were dissatisfied with Ronaldo’s choice to pose for a photo with Peterson.
‘Really tarnishing his legacy here,’ a fan wrote on Twitter.
A fan attacked Ronaldo for being “entitled,” while others noted that this picture might potentially cause Peterson to get even more attention.
Who is Jordan Peterson?
Jordan Bernt Peterson, a clinical psychologist, author, and emeritus professor at the University of Toronto was born on June 12, 1962, in Canada.
In the late 2010s, he gained broad recognition as a public intellectual due to his conservative views on cultural and political matters.
Peterson has referred to himself as a “traditionalist” and a “typical British liberal.”
Peterson, who was born and reared in Alberta, graduated from the University of Alberta with a bachelor’s degree in political science and psychology and from McGill University with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.
After conducting studies and imparting knowledge at Harvard University, he came back to Canada in 1998 to take a permanent position in the psychology faculty at the University of Toronto.
His debut book, Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief, which was released in 1999, served as the inspiration for many of his following lectures.
The book examines belief and meaning systems by fusing psychology, mythology, religion, literature, philosophy, and neuroscience.
Why was Peterson Suspended on Twitter?
After publishing a tweet misgendering and deadnaming transgender actor Elliot Page on June 29, 2022, Peterson’s Twitter account was suspended in accordance with the social media platform’s “hateful conduct policy.”
Peterson claimed he received notification that in order to regain access to his account, he would have to erase the offending tweet, which he stated he “would rather die than do.”
Two of Peterson’s videos on YouTube have been demonetized: one concerning his suspension from Twitter and another where he said that gender-affirming medical treatment was “Nazi medical experiment-level bad.”
Peterson also made a contract with the news organization The Daily Wire in June 2022. This agreement covers the rights to distribute Peterson’s video and podcast archive.
Peterson will also create specials and supplemental material for the video on demand service DailyWire+ that will include guests.
What Next for Cristiano Ronaldo?
Despite all attempts to leave Manchester United this summer with the goal of competing in the 2022–23 Champions League, which United is not a member of this year, Ronaldo is still a Manchester United player.
On the field, Manchester United’s next match is in the Europa League on Thursday at FC Sheriff.