gunman at UCSB killed six sorority girls because no one would sleep with him this world is reaching new lows oh MYGOD—
WELLS JAHA (@aceschuckles) May 24, 2014
In his outstanding book, “Columbine,” journalist Dave Cullen showed “how legends become truths through continual citation.” A similar dynamic appears to be work in the wake of Elliot Rodger’s brutal murder of six people Friday night in Isla Vista, Calif.
Myth: Rodger’s killing spree was motivated exclusively by his desire to harm women.
I wish people/media would call the Elliot Rodger's shooting what it is – a fucking hate crime.—
Sophie (@Dissoluted) May 25, 2014
Related myth: All six of the people killed by Rodger were female.
Some dude shot and killed six sorority girls because he couldn't get with them. Talk about sexual frustration.—
Lil Mama Kailey (@stfukailey) May 24, 2014
the murders of the 6 sorority girls in america sickens me, when will men learn they are not entitled to a woman's body?—
rach (@marinapuke) May 25, 2014
Six sorority girls were killed at UCSB, omg. 😳😰—
☾☼☽ (@arialeaaa) May 24, 2014
Have you guys heard about that prick who murdered 6 sorority girls cause he was a virgin?—
Tierney (@tierneymichele) May 25, 2014
22 year old virgin kills 6 sorority girls bc he was upset he couldn't get any—
npiple (@firelorde_) May 25, 2014
wait Elliot Rodger killed six sorority girls because he was a virgin and made creepy YouTube videos in his BMW listening to Cyndi Lauper wow—
ernest baker (@ernestbaker) May 24, 2014
Six sorority girls killed at UCSB last night god bless there friends, families, and schoolmates dealing with this tragedy 🙏—
b (@lilbritnuggs) May 24, 2014
Fact: Rodger was an ultra-misogynist, but he also detested men, including his roommates and even his younger brother. Four of the six people he killed were male:
- three yet-to-be-named men stabbed to death in Rodger’s apartment,
- two sorority sisters (Veronika Weiss and Katie Cooper) shot and killed, and
- one male clerk (Christopher Michael-Martinez) shot and killed at deli.
Some say Rodger hated men only insofar as they presented competition for affection from women:
Elliot Rodger only hated other men because he saw them as competition unworthy of having sex with women he believed he was entitled to.—
Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) May 25, 2014
That theory, however, doesn’t explain Rodger’s utter contempt for his “geeky” male roommates, who likely were among those murdered in Rodger’s apartment.
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Myth: Rodger used a gun to kill all of his victims.
Wtf at that guy who shot 6 girls cause he felt lonely—
Assjuice (@JConcepcion7) May 25, 2014
some 22 year old guy shot 6 girls because he was a virgin and felt the rejection was a crime towards him and i am vomiting everywhere—
king swaggy (@elsie4b) May 25, 2014
A guy shot 6 girls at uc Santa Barbara bc he was a virgin? Omg wot—
sa•bri•na (@midlifecriSOS) May 25, 2014
6 innocent women were shot by a man getting his "revenge" on all the girls that rejected him. And we don't need feminism because???—
sarah (@s_arahmoore) May 25, 2014
Prayers goto families of the 6 sorority girls that were shot last night from UCSB. Absolutely disgusted how a man would do such a thing.—
Mitchy Rounds (@MitchyRounds) May 24, 2014
Fact: Rodger stabbed to death half of his six murder victims.
Strange how those frothing at the mouth at me about guns dont want to talk about the three Elliot Rodger killed with a knife.—
J.R. Salzman (@jrsalzman) May 25, 2014
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Myth: Rodger was politically conservative.
Fact: Rodger subscribed to The Young Turks, a liberal YouTube channel. Imagine the outcry from the Left if Rodger had been a fan of Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck.
Curiously, some Twitter users are claiming that Rodger was white:
people who are trying to make excuses for elliot rodger… no. he was a dangerously self-entitled white boy that killed 6 women, stfu—
mash ✨ (@mashrodionova) May 25, 2014
just read so many Elliot Rodger tweets and I agree with most however including that he was white has nothing to do with it.—
Savannah (@endless__sea) May 25, 2014
Since Elliot Rodger is white I'm sure the media will say he has Mental illness. If he was Black they'd call him thug and Muslim=terrorist—
ROSS (@Official_Lov) May 25, 2014
Elliot Rodger was straight, white, male, and wealthy…at the top of the class system and you're mad because certain women don't want you?—
LK the Cub. (@darlingKEISHA) May 24, 2014
If Elliot Rodger was a brown-skinned Muslim, his actions would be described as terrorism. But he's a white misogynist, so he's a loner.—
Chris Nicholson (@EraseThisTweet) May 24, 2014
Rodger was in fact half white, half Chinese descent.