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U of T Psychology Professor Jordan Peterson spoke at two universities this past week.

On Friday March 17, Peterson was scheduled to speak on issues of political correctness and freedom of speech at McMaster University. However, according to Peterson’s Twitter account the event was “completely disrupted by protesters.”

The McMaster protesters shouted chants and held up signs throughout the duration of Peterson’s speech.

The psychology professor ignited controversy following his public refusal to use gender-neutral pronouns when referring to transgender and non-binary people and his opposition to Bill C-16 — which added gender identity and expression as grounds for discrimination.

At the event, Peterson said that the protestors were “noisy activists” who “[claimed] to represent” transgender people but were “not acting on their best interests at all.”

He also stated: “You don’t want to be the one to get the weapon warm, it’s a big mistake.”

A day later, Peterson received a warmer reception at Western University in London. According to the London Free Press, over 700 people attended Peterson’s hour-long speech, which ended with a standing ovation.

The Western event organizers paid $1,200 in security fees for the event.

Following the event, Peterson was swarmed with supportive students asking for selfies, some of whom were wearing “Make America Great Again” hats.

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