In a recent interview with Men’s Health, Charlie Hunnam, star of the new Netflix movie Triple Frontier, spoke about the process of getting ready to play a former Special Forces operative in the film. And when responding to a question about working with a SEAL trainer, Hunnam mentioned his admiration for Jordan Peterson, the controversial psychologist, author, and hero of the men’s rights community.
“I’m a big fan of Jordan Peterson, as are a lot of people right now,” Hunnam told the outlet. “He’s become quite an internet phenomenon, a card-carrying member of the intellectual dark web. I love the message that he promotes, which is, ‘Take your life seriously.’ Carry as much responsibility as possible. I think in his words he says, pick up the heaviest thing that you can and carry it.”
He likened Peterson’s mentality to those of Special Forces guys. “In this day and age, everyone’s grown soft and entitled,” Hunnam said. “It’s like, no, guys, you’re not entitled to anything.”
While Hunnam was most likely referring to the ideals Peterson espouses in his latest book, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, the author is quite contentious. Peterson is, as Hunnam says, a member of the Intellectual Dark Web network. According to the New York Times, Peterson was a psychology professor in Canada in September 2016, when he gained notoriety after speaking out against a Canadian bill that would outlaw discrimination based on gender identity and expression. (The Times reports his argument was that the bill risked restricting free speech by driving people to use certain gender pronouns.)
A profile on Peterson in Esquire explained that Peterson “judged these pronouns—zie, and zir, and they, to name three of the more than seventy and growing such terms—to be the invention of ‘postmodern neo-Marxists’ seeking to use state power to decree that gender differences were not biologically based but rather social constructions that could be made or unmade at will.”
In another profile on Peterson in the Times, Peterson spoke about his belief that violent attacks occur when men do not have partners and that the “cure” for these attacks is enforced monogamy. He also said that he found noted feminist Betty Friedan’s book to be “so whiny,” saying, “It’s just enough to drive a modern person mad to listen to these suburban housewives from the late ’50s ensconced in their comfortable secure lives complaining about the fact that they’re bored because they don’t have enough opportunity. It’s like, Jesus get a hobby.”
According to the Harvard Crimson, Peterson has also said he believes “the idea that biological sex and gender were independent quantities” is wrong, and that he thinks “disciplines like women’s studies should be defunded.”
He’s also critical of political correctness, says we need to stop calling people out for “white privilege,” and often speaks about another tenant of the Intellectual Dark Web, the biological differences between men and women.