Three myths about ‘right-wing lunatic virgin’ Elliot Rodger

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In his outstanding book, “Columbine,” journalist Dave Cullen showed “how legends become truths through continual citation.” A similar dynamic appears to be at 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.

http://twitter.com/#!/feministabulous/status/470418540906807296
http://twitter.com/#!/Dissoluted/status/470470695902670848

Related myth:  All six of the people killed by Rodger were female.

http://twitter.com/#!/MonicaFoster/status/470496974542602240
http://twitter.com/#!/marinapuke/status/470464874410037248
http://twitter.com/#!/Yenaldlooshi/status/470430270814818304
http://twitter.com/#!/tierneymichele/status/470424576498102272
http://twitter.com/#!/crisecardiaques/status/470264410976428032
http://twitter.com/#!/lilbritnuggs/status/470245793861881856

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.

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Some say Rodger hated men only insofar as they presented competition for affection from women:

http://twitter.com/#!/stillgray/status/470512573683494912

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.

http://twitter.com/#!/JConcepcion7/status/470427683101229056
http://twitter.com/#!/midlifecriSOS/status/470419741237338112
http://twitter.com/#!/MitchyRounds/status/470252098831933442
http://twitter.com/#!/patriciaah_1/status/470276376977612800

Fact: Rodger stabbed to death half of his six murder victims.

http://twitter.com/#!/jrsalzman/status/470409362910216192

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Myth: Rodger was politically conservative.

http://twitter.com/#!/Charchita/status/470217746555228160
http://twitter.com/#!/AEWMedia/status/470253709503774720

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.

[Update]

Curiously, some Twitter users are claiming that Rodger was white:

http://twitter.com/#!/mashrodionova/status/470517984113737728
http://twitter.com/#!/Official_Lov/status/470388008726691840
http://twitter.com/#!/darlingKEISHA/status/470334305353224192
http://twitter.com/#!/EraseThisTweet/status/470261245179080704

Rodger was in fact half white, half Chinese descent.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/05/25/three-myths-about-right-wing-lunatic-virgin-elliot-rodger-that-the-left-wants-you-to-believe/

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