You might or might not have heard of “incels” or “the incel movement,” although if you spend any time on Twitter, you’ve probably seen incel used as a general term of insult. It stands for “involuntary celibate” and there are apparently a lot of angry and frustrated young men out there who have found fellowship in the incel movement.
Task and Purpose deputy editor Jared Keller promised us a “weird incel/military” story today, and he came through.
— Jared Keller (@jaredbkeller) June 20, 2019
At least one Air Force base is on the lookout for a sinister new threat: angry men who can’t get laid.
Personnel at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland were recently treated to a threat brief regarding an “increase in nationwide activity” by self-described “incels,” members of an online subculture of “involuntary celibacy” who adopt an ideology of misogyny, mistrust of women, and violence in response to their failed attempts at romantic relationships.
Indeed, the screenshot appeared the day after Brian Isaack Clyde, a former Army infantryman who frequently posted memes that referenced the incel movement alongside anti-government conspiracies to his Facebook page, was shot by federal officers after he opened fire outside a Dallas, Texas federal building.
The screenshot features a reproduction of an internet meme popular among incels known as “Becky vs. Stacy.” A derivative of the ‘Virgin Walk’ or ‘Virgin vs. Chad’ meme that contrasts awkward virgin incels against an imaginary hyper-masculine bro known as Chad, the Becky vs. Stacy meme purportedly reflects how incels judge women based solely on their physical features.
Incels believe “they are owed attention from ‘Beckys,'” the Joint Base Andrews brief reads. “Most Incels believe only men can be Incels as women could engage in sexual activity if they wanted to.”
So incel Chad sees Becky as a needy feminist who only rates a 6 out of 10, while Stacy lets Chad dominate her.
I told you guys it was gonna get weird
— Jared Keller (@jaredbkeller) June 20, 2019
But what about Stacy's Mom?
— Aggie's Revenge (@AggiesRevenge) June 20, 2019
She's got it going on.
— TheToadKnowed (@Yerpyderpdederp) June 20, 2019
She’s all I want and I’ve waited for so long
— tonigo (@tonigo) June 20, 2019
Stacy can’t you see your not the girl for me.
— Aaron (@AaronFurq) June 20, 2019
Enough Fountains of Wayne lyrics, you incels.
I hope President Trump authorizes drone strikes in the upcoming War On Incels
— shitty name pun (@bismuth0000) June 20, 2019
We must order strikes against Chad
— ANGÉLICA – ALGODÃO DOCE E GUARANÁ (@thegoldenspike) June 20, 2019
Whoa, make sure you’ve got the right Chad there first … could cause an international incident.
Does the Air Force recommend a specific ordinance for combating this threat?https://t.co/iITEXuL9iW
— Deique (@makinguthinkcom) June 20, 2019
I won't believe the Air Force has declared incels a threat until they've claimed they require the F-35 to effectively fight them.
— Dark Laughter (@DarkLaughterTDB) June 20, 2019
Have they developed any countermeasures? Are we thinking bombing? Drones? Seems like air superiority won't be a problem.
— Ken Whitehurst (@WeeklyWargamer) June 20, 2019
The U.S. Defense budget is $686,074,048,000. How much of this money is being directed toward the development of lifelike sex robots to put an end to the threat of incels once and for all?
— [Individual 27] Brindle T. Enslee (@DaveySmart) June 20, 2019
Whoever wrote this is extremely-online and needs to dial it back for their own long term mental health.
— Alex Podgorski (@M_Gargantua) June 20, 2019
The best part is that the last paragraph is labeled as Unclassified, but For Official Use Only. Someone thought this is information worth protecting.
— Jeremy Anderson (@cynicaljeremy) June 20, 2019
i feel like perhaps putting that big obvious FOUO classification mark out in public was probably not the best decision
— bea? (@flamingspatula) June 20, 2019
Is that graphic for real???
— NZKaren (@NZKaren) June 20, 2019
Yeah, it’s pulled straight off the Internet from an incel forum, which explains the horrible grammar and spelling. Vox isn’t good for much, but it did publish its own explainer on Stacy, Becky, and Chad last spring.
little did they knew becky was stacy spy all along pic.twitter.com/ucNmx0xytB
— ShemaleYeltsin (@hatbeyondleft) June 20, 2019
I’m neither a Becky nor a Stacy, how will I ever self-identify?!?!?
— millie (@milliezandi) June 20, 2019
I'm so confused. What am I even looking at?
— Laura Lopez (@RecruitinginATX) June 20, 2019
My brain feels fuzzy. Is anything real anymore?
— 「GEAR † HEAD」 (@GearheadRequiem) June 20, 2019
Former service member here. I applaud whomever made this briefing. I’m sure they faced derision but angry incels / white supremacists is probably one of the biggest daily threats to US bases. Sadly.
— West Point Horn (@WestPointHorn) June 20, 2019
Sad, but true — the “incel movement” is just another excuse to do bad things.
Would bringing chivalry back be anti-feminist? Probably.
Alleged Santa Barbara shooter Elliot Rodger described as 'involuntary celibate,' or incel http://t.co/rrCUKaElmY
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) May 24, 2014