This weird and stupid column by some old broad in the Washington Post is getting lots of traffic. I have never heard of the writer, but I’ll assume she is famous for something.
As deranged manifestos go, the final YouTube video made by suspected Isla Vista, Calif., mass murderer Elliot Rodger was remarkably well-made. Filmed by Rodger in his black BMW, with palm trees in the background and his face bathed in magic-hour key light, the six-minute diatribe — during which he vows revenge on all the women who rejected him and men who were enjoying fun and sex while he was “rotting in loneliness” — might easily have been mistaken for a scene from one of the movies Rodger’s father, Peter Rodger, worked on as a director and cinematographer.
Indeed, as important as it is to understand Rodger’s actions within the context of the mental illness he clearly suffered, it’s just as clear that his delusions were inflated, if not created, by the entertainment industry he grew up in. With his florid rhetoric of self-pity, aggression and awkwardly forced “evil laugh,” Rodger resembled a noxious cross between Christian Bale’s slick sociopath in “American Psycho,” the thwarted womanizer in James Toback’s “The Pick-Up Artist” and every Bond villain in the canon.
David Berkowitz thought his dog was telling him to kill people. The dog did not make him crazy or make him kill people. Berkowitz was crazy and crazy people think the family dog is telling them to kill. Some percentage of crazy people act on these delusions. It’s sad and we all hope that one day science can address these biological problems so that spree killing can be eliminated from life. Until then, crazy is a feature of human existence.
That’s where the stupid comes in. Stupid people like Ann Hornaday will still be out there looking to “find meaning” in the randomness of biology. Lacking the IQ to add anything to the stock of human understanding, she will make up nonsense about movies causing beta males to kill. I’m not sure which I would like solved first. Is it better to fix the crazy people or do something about the stupid people, who pollute the air with dumb ideas?
Speaking of beta males, Lion of the Blosphere has nine posts on the Elliot Rodgers story. The guy rarely posts anymore and he has nine posts on this one topic in two days. They are long posts as well. He appears to have read the killer’s manifesto and is deep in the weeds analyzing the mind of this one beta male. I’ve not read all of the posts, but it is rather clear the poor guy feels a kinship with the beta male killer.
The blogger formerly known as Half Sigma is an odd person. This old post about his many aliases maybe explains his fascination with beta male life and this story. The fact that he has such a large following says something too. What exactly, I’m not sure. Maybe I’ll post at length on the topic some other time, after I’ve had time to think about it. I just find the whole thing creepy and strange, but perhaps I’m just showing my age. In my day….