Beacon Theatre: Cancel Jordan Peterson's Event!
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On Sunday, March 25th, Jordan Peterson, a professor at the University of Toronto who has used his position to spread hate, is scheduled to speak at the Beacon Theater on the Upper West Side. We call on the Beacon Theater to withdraw their support and cancel his event.
Over recent years, Peterson has garnered the support of alt-right subgroups and white supremacists for his views (1), including his vocal opposition to the rights of transgender people to equal protection and respect under the law (2). He preaches racist, Islamophobic (3) (4), sexist and misogynistic views (5), including linking women’s marches to “murderous equity doctrine” (6).
Giving Peterson a platform at a venue as prestigious as the Beacon legitimates his transphobia and racism and – at $55 to $200 a ticket – allows him to raise funds to strengthen his cause. With the intensification of openly racist, transphobic, and sexist positions from the Trump administration and its emboldened supporters, we cannot afford to let our city’s stages be filled with hate. As a community, we demand that the Beacon Theater cancels Peterson’s event.
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