Guess what is kinda funny and sad at the same time? The fact that staffers at Penguin Random House Canada were reportedly crying bitter salty juicy tears when the company said YES to publishing a book by some guy named Dr. Jordan Peterson. It’s scheduled for next March, so not that far away if you want to grab a copy and wave in front of someone sensitive.
Who’s that? Well, I don’t really know who he is, but apparently publishing a book by him is enough to make people cry without even reading it. What is he, some kind of serial killer? Let’s take a look and find out!
Oh, wow, he’s a psychology professor and has a podcast and no he’s not a serial killer. So….. he wrote a book and people cried? Was it about their mom or something? Is Peterson telling mom jokes in his book and someone got a little wet in the eyes over it?
Let’s dig a little deeper, and by that, I mean a Google search…
OK! Found something.
Some guy Jon did a report on this. Here’s some info:
But Vice reported Tuesday that the book has triggered emotional pushback from within the Canadian publisher, with several employees attempting to pressure the company into canceling the book.
Canceling a book they probably won’t read, but if it sells, might make their company more successful. Hmmmm… sounds lame.
“During a tense town hall, staff cried and expressed dismay with the publishing giant’s decision to publish” the book, Vice reported.
If your town halls are this tense, you need a new gameplan. This shouldn’t be a tearjerker.
The outlet said four of the publisher’s employees who did not want to be identified over concerns about being fired said the publisher held a town hall-style meeting about the book on Monday. At that time, company executives defended their decision to move forward with Peterson’s book as employees voiced their angst over giving voice to someone who is popular on the political right.
Yeah, because it’s embarrassing to cry about this.
“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,” a junior employee at Penguin Random House and a member of the LGBTQ told Vice.
Oh, I guess that’s enough to dislike the guy, but crying because his book is published? Just think, the company knows enough people like this guy who ARE going to buy his book, and that’s why they published it. You don’t publish a book if you think it won’t sell. So the company must have seen some value in the book, either in its content or sales possibilities.
But still, crying about a book?
I literally can’t even.
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