Yumi Nu, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit’s first Asian-American cover model, responds to Jordan Peterson comment
Yumi Nu, who made history as the first Asian-American cover model of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, has hit back after Jordan Peterson, a clinical psychologist, and conservative online personality, disgraced the curve model’s cover.
Peterson tweeted Monday, calling Now “not pretty” after she was featured on one of the front pages of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition for 2022.
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“Sorry. Not pretty. And no degree of strict tolerance will change that,” he wrote — a tweet that garnered more than 63,000 likes and 24,500 comments.
“Why do men feel they must publicly express their views on women’s attractiveness? Can’t you keep it to yourself?” a user tweeted.
“Love your conversations…but this comment is beyond disappointing,” wrote another user.
“You may not even know how many levels this is disturbing. You have a lot to learn. Try to interview more young women in your podcasts. Until then, stop criticizing women’s bodies.”
Now has responded by going to TikTok and lip-syncing Nicki Minaj’s “Itty Bitty Piggy” for a screenshot of Peterson’s tweet, captioning it: “anyway…”.
“I don’t even know why you girls are so upset. To report. It’s me. I win. You lose,” she says.
Now, who has walked the runways for fashion designers and appeared in Vogue and fashion campaigns, has previously spoken about societal pressures and body shaming she faces.
“I felt like I was less worthy of being Asian because I felt like an outsider for so long,” Nu had told NBC Asian America.
“All I wanted to do was be white, be white enough to fit in, and not be called Godzilla.”
Peterson, who has over 5 million subscribers on YouTube and wrote the best-selling self-help book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, responded to his original tweet, writing that progressives were trying to “reshape the notion of beauty.”
He published a series of tweets duplicating his comments and outlining his reason for leaving the app, attributing them to negative comments from users.
“The endless stream of vicious insults is not something that can be experienced anywhere else,” he tweeted before announcing his departure from the app.
“I told my staff to change my password to save me from temptation, and I’m leaving again. I write an article or make a video if I have something to say. If the issue isn’t important enough to warrant it, it might be best just to let it go,” he wrote.
Peterson’s Twitter account has been posted multiple times since then.