Jordan Peterson has embraced his new Marvel comics role — transforming into the supervillain Red Skull on Twitter.
Twitter domination: Peterson, a conservative Canadian psychologist and popular self-help guru, initially criticized the latest “Captain America” comic book for apparently using him as the inspiration for its Red Skull character.
- The writer of the series, journalist and racial justice advocate Tah-Nehisi Coates, styled Red Skull as an evil blogger who recruits “Weak” and disaffected young men online with slogans like “Ten Rules for Life.”
Within a day, however, Peterson had taken on the Twitter persona of the skull-faced ex-Nazi bent on world domination.
- He on Tuesday and Wednesday tweeted and retweeted more than a dozen images of Red Skull dispensing Petersonian advice, like his signature injunction, “Clean your room.”
Peterson even indicated he could soon be selling Red Skull-themed merchandise.
At the same time, Peterson shared fans’ depictions of him as one of the good guys.
- In a short comic, Peterson is seen facing down a woke mob from atop a giant lobster — an animal he has famously invoked to explain the inevitability of human hierarchies.
In another image, Peterson is Lobsterman.
Peterson on Wednesday night pinned a crustacean crest atop his Twitter profile, saying, “Hail Lobster.”
Neither Marvel or Coates, who is not on Twitter, has commented on Red Skull’s likeness to Peterson.