Controversial author and former psychology professor Jordan Peterson walked away from his Twitter account on Monday after being blasted over comments he made about plus-size model Yumi Nu's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover.

In an attempt to blast the progressive agenda, Peterson took to social media to slam the Japanese-Dutch model's cover photo, which launched this week as a part of the magazine's campaign to empower women.

"Sorry. Not beautiful. And no amount of authoritarian tolerance is going to change that," Peterson tweeted.

Social media erupted in criticism.

"'Authoritarian'? Chunky women on magazine covers? You sound like a parody of you," one Twitter user wrote.

Another Twitter user wrote: "Jordan, this isn't about you or about beauty at all! You're missing the point as it's about acknowledging, accepting, and celebrating all those women in the world who have similar physical archetype. We should all accept and then encourage each other to be our best selves."

Others posted photos of Peterson along with comments slamming his appearance.

However, some users agreed with Peterson's assessment of the cover and Nu's size but refused to dismiss her as unattractive.

"She is beautiful, but I'd prefer being in a little bit better shape, especially being on a cover of a mag in a swimsuit. But no doubt beautiful & decent proportions," one person wrote.


Another said, "On the real bros … if she dropped the extra pounds, she'd be a 10."

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Editor-in-Chief MJ Day defended the magazine's decision to feature Nu.

"We all deserve the chance to evolve. So, in this issue, we encourage readers to see these models as we see them: multifaceted, multitalented — and sexy while they're at it," Day said in a statement to the Washington Examiner. "The world may label them one way, but we want to focus our lens on all the ways they see themselves and how they own who they are."

As a result of the wide-ranging criticism, Peterson shared links to multiple scientific studies on attractiveness and called Sports Illustrated's model choice "a progressive attempt to manipulate & retool the notion of beauty."

Peterson continued tweeting into Monday night, telling his critics to "rage away."

Before the night was over, Peterson announced he would be stepping away from Twitter, blasting the platform over an "endless flood of vicious insult."

"So I told my staff to change my password, to keep me from temptation," Peterson tweeted. "If I have something to say I'll write an article or make a video. If the issue is not important enough to justify that then perhaps it would be best to just let it go."

Despite Peterson's announcement, Twitter users have continued to comment.

"There's something so distinctively [P]eterson about needlessly calling some random actual woman ugly under the [bull****] guise of intellectual concern for the west and authoritarianism, and then whining about how people online are being mean to him," account @biggestjoel wrote.


When Nu, the first Asian curve model to be featured in a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, saw her photo cover, she said that she was very pleased.

"It's amazing. I'm on cloud nine. This is nothing I could prepare for. It's unexpected," Nu said. "I feel like we're in a place right now where people are making space for more diversity on magazine covers. It's a big time for Asian American people in media. I know I play a big role in representation in body diversity and race diversity, and I love to be a role model and representative of the plus-size Asian community."

The 2022 issue is available on newsstands on May 19.