Megyn Kelly has slammed director Olivia Wilde for casting Jordan Peterson as a “demon” in her new film.
The former primetime Fox News star reacted on her podcast to a recent interview in which Wilde said she based the character of Chris Pine from ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ on Peterson, the author and controversial Canadian psychiatrist.
“This guy Jordan Peterson is someone who legitimizes certain aspects of [the incel] movement because he’s a former teacher, he’s an author, he wears a costume, so they feel like it’s a real philosophy that needs to be taken seriously,” the director said,
Wilde, 38, described “incels” as “disenfranchised, mostly white men who believe they have the right to have sex with women.”
Kelly fired back on her Thursday podcast, saying, “They’re featured in an Olivia Wilde movie as some kind of demon, so fuck her!”
The former presenter said Peterson was “attacked” by Wilde after speaking out about his mental health issues.
“In 2019, men accounted for 80% of all suicide deaths in America,” the “Megyn Kelly Show” host said.
“Studies also show that a majority of American men who die by suicide have no known history of mental health issues because they don’t talk about it.”
Kelly continued, “And when they talk about it, and like Jordan Peterson, listen to Jordan Peterson, subscribe to Jordan Peterson or anybody else talking about these issues, they get attacked.”
The Post has reached out to representatives for Wilde for comment.
The drama of Wilde’s personal life with ex-husband Jason Sudeikis and rumored romance with singer Harry Styles has garnered as much publicity as the film, released last week.
Kelly then questioned Wilde’s feminist bona fides, pointing to her own experience “at the start of the #MeToo movement.”
In 2017, Kelly came forward with sexual harassment allegations against her former boss, Roger Ailes. Her story and that of other women on the network became the basis for a hit movie, “Bombshell,” in which Kelly was played by Charlize Theron.
“I think I can say those of us who were there at the start – and by the way Olivia Wilde – you’re not one of them. Alright you weren’t there,” Kelly said, referring to the #MeToo movement.
Kelly said “everyone agrees” that men shouldn’t be allowed to do “sexual favors in the office…a condition of advancement” for women.
“Men are okay with that and women are okay with that,” Kelly said.
“It was never meant to bastardize men at large. It’s what people like her do.
“And that has a serious negative effect.”
Peterson reacted to Wilde’s slander by breaking down in tears during an interview with British TV host Piers Morgan on Tuesday.
Morgan asked Peterson how he felt about Wilde basing a “crazy” character on him.
“This crazy man, this pseudo-intellectual hero of the incel community, incel being these weird lonely men who are despicable in so many ways. Is that you? Are you the intellectual hero of these people? asked Morgan.
“Sure, why not. People have been chasing me for a long time because I talk to young men, what a terrible thing to do,” Peterson replied.
That’s when the controversial commentator broke down in tears.
“I thought the marginalized were supposed to have a voice?” he said as he grew emotional.
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