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GrinGate: Jordan Peterson fans cry conspiracy after an unflattering pic of their hero tops the search results

Is this photo a left-wing hate crime against Jordan Peterson?

By David Futrelle

You have to give Jordan Peterson fans credit for at least one thing: they are unafraid to confront the most challenging questions of our postmodern age. Like, for example: is the slightly unflattering photo of Jordan Peterson that tops the potted biography Google gives you when you search his name evidence of a devious conspiracy by leftist Google goons desperate to make this very serious thinker look a little bit silly?

I mean, take a look at the PROOF of this dastardly hate crime against this HERO:

You’ll be pleased to know that the good people (but mostly dudes) of the Jordan Peterson subreddit have taken up this important issue in not one, not two, but three separate threads, the biggest of which garnered some 425 upvotes from 425 true patriot lovers. One of the OPs laid out his concerns:

When you Google Jordan Peterson... (self.JordanPeterson) submitted 3 days ago by duskdoor ...the main image of him that appears has changed, it’s now a screencap of him smiling in a rather unhinged way...an image I’ve seen used in articles that are very much on the anti Peterson side of things. Given that this a rare image of him not looking his usually poised self, I find it odd that this is the image used to represent him. Google Sarah Jeong and the first two news articles that appear are from Vox, explaining why her tweets are not racist. These have been Google’s top stories for the last couple of days...but I find it hard to believe that they have been the consistently most popular stories in that time. I have a feeling that the left leaning culture of Google is manifesting itself in its search engine, and I find it concerning. Has anyone else noticed things like this?

Other Lobstery Bois came to similar conclusions:

MacVogt[S] 15 points 3 days ago Seems the idea is to make him look like a clown. I wonder what kind of calculus goes into that, if they ask ah, are we powerful enough to set this narrative or will people see us as deliberately shaping the conversation, eroding trust? Or perhaps, liberals will be further binded to us if they see it, the right already hate us! Or is it some lone employee who did it on the sly?

In another comment, MacVogt expanded on his conspiracy theory:

]MacVogt[S] 1 point 3 days ago I think Google is protecting its own ideological echochamber as represented in the broader culture. I'm not upset for Jordan Peterson's sake, but that these kinds of insulation tactics is exactly what has made the collapse of the left so agonizingly slow, hindering their ability to pivot, rethink and reformulate its core beliefs, innovate and find their footing again.

Someone called ChadRedPill thought this was Google’s way of striking back against a critic of the company’s firing of anti-diversity-maniifesto-manifester James Damore:

ChadRedpill 7 points 2 days ago JP defended the guy who google fired. This is googles revenge.

Or perhaps this was the doing of some sinister Google artificial intelligence?

Basketofcups 2 points 3 days ago* Google is radical left and has the most money and then think about their A.I, as just a reflationary of their viewpoints. The A.I also infiltrate subs and downvote. Some full account are actually a.i., comments and all . Someone posted once how to tell, something having to do with sending them something and seeing some sort of protocol, but their spin is this materialistic arrogant in ignorance gaslighting propaganda

Er, what?

Basketofcups 1 point 3 days ago Yes definitely more than two people with an inspired plan to promote an agenda and/or cause harm (not Webster’s, auto generated condensed version of the definition of conspiracy) there’s evidence and content out there about it, but gotta stay discernment oriented bc there’s much lobbying nonsense conspiracy talk obviously

Did … did a bot write that?

Bots charging bots with conspiratorial comment writing in bot-written comments?

I dunno. All I know is that Jordan Peterson is VERY SERIOUS so clearly if I’m seeing a picture of him smiling it must be the result of SOME sort of conspiracy. Damn you, Google leftists, with your SMILE AGENDA!

In case you want to see the sort of pictures that Jordan Peterson Redditors consider flattering, here’s a carefully drawn set of portraits with his head swollen up like a balloon. I bet these will never make it to the top of the Google results! Must be a conspiracy.

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Katamount
Katamount
2 years ago

@WWTH

Darn. I’m sure the a-hole brigade was hoping it’d be a Bernie-loving Antifa super soldier, who is both an incredibly dangerous threat to the nation with his vile Marxism as well as a soy-eating beta cuck unfit to be a threat to the mighty alpha males.

I’m sure Krang T. Nelson will get ’em next time.

Fishy Goat
Fishy Goat
2 years ago

In some good news from Canada:

Soldiers of Odin Outnumbered in Nanaimo

Yesterday the Soldiers of Odin acted as “security” in an effort to intimidate homeless people living in Discontent City in Nanaimo:

http://anti-racistcanada.blogspot.com/2018/08/soldiers-of-odin-outnumbered-in-nanaimo.html

Yeeeah, ‘security’ my ass….

‘Spirited rally’?! Seriously? The article is a little better , but, seriously, news people….

https://nanaimonewsnow.com/article/588758/spirited-rally-highlights-community-division-tension-over-nanaimos-discontent-city

Nequam
Nequam
2 years ago

@Violet: I like pictures of my heroes smiling too.
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Jenora Feuer
Jenora Feuer
2 years ago

@Fishy Goat:
Gah. I have friends in Nanaimo, too. (Grew up mostly in Central Saanich.)

A lot of the parts of Vancouver Island that aren’t Victoria have been pretty hard hit over the decades by the loss of most of the mining and lumber industries in the area. And while Chemainus managed to successfully rebuild itself around tourism and theatre, that’s not the sort of thing that works everywhere, especially not after one place has already succeeded in carving out a niche. (And Chemainus worked in part because it was a small town easily accessible for day trips from either Victoria or Nanaimo, the two largest cities on the Island.)

Austin G Loomis
2 years ago

Michael Suttkus skrev:

There are also silly pictures of lobsters. Lobsters and humans both have melatonin. Therefore, silly pictures of Jordan Peterson are completely natural. You can’t just ignore powerful natural forces like that. His fans can complain about the pictures, but only by rejecting solid science.

Will that internets be carry-out or delivery?

@dust bunny:

He only eats meat. The only way he isn’t constipated 100% of the time is if he has bouts of diarrhoea.

Or if somebody goes and sabotages his bowel with bits of tree (CW: Warren Ellis.)

Atticus Dogsbody
Atticus Dogsbody
2 years ago

When I took that photo JP had just noticed a lady lobster strolling by and was getting ready to make his move.

P.S. He bombed out and blamed feminists.

Miss Cobalt
Miss Cobalt
2 years ago

I’m pretty sure there aren’t any flattering pictures of Jordan Peterson

Robert
Robert
2 years ago

I’ve been over to the Lobsterkin subReddit. It’s interesting, in a disturbing way. There is a great deal of kerfuffle about postmodernism and cultural Marxism (occasionally neo-Marxism), which are apparently the root cause of all contemporary social and cultural ills.

The idea that the plight of mediocre young men is *not* due to excessive leftism confuses and alarms them. In the world as they imagine it, Alinsky has defeated the forces of good, the Pareto distribution is crushing the hopes of 80% of all true men, and working women in lipstick are emasculating a generation. I haven’t seen anyone calling attention to dogs and cats living together yet, but it’s only a matter of time.

Cheerful Warthog
Cheerful Warthog
2 years ago

If Odin would take those Soldiers, then he needs to go to Yggdrasil and demand his eye back as a refund, because he clearly got no wisdom out of it whatsoever.

Jackie
Jackie
2 years ago

If you look up the keyword “unacceptable lobster” on Google Images, on the first page of results is a Getty stock photo of Trump holding a lobster.

Ooooh, scary… must be those SJW programmers at Google tricking the algorithm into identifying Jordan Peterson with… an asshole.

TheKND
TheKND
2 years ago

God, these people!
A silly photo of their messiah appears and suddenly they declare the million dollar company “radical left” and want to pull out a Voight-Kampff test for forum posts.
Peterson-followers really need that hierarchy malarkey to compensate for their lack of any redeeming quality.

Citerior Motive
Citerior Motive
2 years ago

Multi-billion-dollar corporations are not part of the radical left, pretty much by definition.

Austin G Loomis
2 years ago

Citerior Motive skrev:

Multi-billion-dollar corporations are not part of the radical left, pretty much by definition.

Still not as dumb as calling Michael Moore a neocon propagandist, which is a thing somebody actually said in the comments for the Fahrenheit 11/9 trailer on YouTube (then again, it’s a YouTube comment section, so I don’t know what I expected).

Simon
Simon
2 years ago