Canadian pscyhologist at the University of Toronto and bestselling author Jordan Peterson is now advertising his lobster capsule collection in an official merchandise store in an apparent reference to his thinking that humans and the crustacean share a common evolutionary ancestor.
The collection was launched on 18 March and is up for grabs on Teespring.com.
According to Peterson, just like humans, lobsters exist in hierarchies and have a nervous system attuned to the hierarchy that "runs on serotonin":
"And the nervous system of the lobster and of the human being is so similar that antidepressants work on lobsters. It's part of my attempt to demonstrate that the idea of hierarchy has absolutely nothing to do with sociocultural construction, which it doesn't", Peterson told Channel 4 News presenter Cathy Newman in January 2018.
The suspected attempt to promote his theory by releasing the merch has caused mixed reactions on social media:
🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀Our Crab Collectives will defeat your Lobster Hierarchies🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀 pic.twitter.com/RTkVyUjSgL— 🌲🏴🎶🍄📚VⒶstarien⛈🛠🐝🏴🌲 (@VastarienClub) 18 марта 2019 г.
lol! Now @jordanbpeterson is literally profiting off memes surrounding his rhetoric, such as the new "lobster collection", w/ t-shirts— Extra Thicc (@comfygaynoises) 18 марта 2019 г.
Some suggested that the collection's designs had been ripped off from famous brands:
Peterson, who wrote "12 Rules for Life, an Antidote to Chaos", rose to prominence for his combative stance against gender-neutral prounouns, feminism, and the #MeToo movement among other issues.