Megyn Kelly lashed out at director Olivia Wilde for labeling Jordan Peterson a “demon” in her new film.
The former Fox News primetime star responded to her podcast on a recent interview in which Wilde said she based Chris Pine’s “Don’t Worry Darling” character on Peterson, the controversial Canadian author and psychiatrist.
“This man Jordan Peterson is someone who understands certain aspects of [the incel] movement because he is a former professor, he is an author, he wears a suit, so they feel this is a real philosophy that should be taken seriously,” said the film director,
Wilde, 38, described “incels” as “disenfranchised, mostly white men who think they have a right to have sex from women.”
Kelly fired back on her podcast on Thursday, saying, “They’re portrayed as some kind of demon in an Olivia Wilde movie, so screw her!”
The former anchor said Peterson was “assaulted” by Wilde after speaking out about his mental health issues.
“In 2019, men were responsible for 80% of all suicide deaths in America,” said the host of the Megyn Kelly Show.
“Studies also show that a majority of American men who die by suicide have no known history of mental health problems 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 anyone else who talks about these issues, they get attacked.”
The Post has reached out to Wilde’s representatives to request comment.
Wilde’s personal life drama with estranged husband Jason Sudeikis and rumors of a romance with singer Harry Styles has received just as much publicity as the film, which was released last week.
Kelly went on to question Wilde’s feminist bona fide, pointing to her own experience “at the dawn 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 that those of us who were there in the beginning – and Olivia Wilde for that matter – you are not one of them. Okay, you weren’t there,” Kelly said, referring to the #MeToo movement.
Kelly said that “everyone agrees” that men should not make “sexual favors in the office…a condition of progress” for women.
“Men agree and women agree,” Kelly said.
“It was never meant to corrupt men with big letters. That’s what people like them do.”
“And it has a serious negative effect.”
Peterson responded to Wilde’s accusations on Tuesday by bursting into tears during an interview with British television presenter Piers Morgan.
Morgan asked Peterson what he thought about Wilde basing an “insane” character on him.
“This insane man, this pseudo-intellectual hero to the incel community, is this weird loner who is despicable in many ways. Is that you? Are you the intellectual hero for these people?” Morgan asked.
“Of course why not. People have been chasing me for a long time because I’ve talked to young men, what a horrible thing to do,” Peterson replied.
At that point, the controversial commentator burst into tears.
“I thought the marginalized should have a voice?” he said, getting emotional.
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