Since the horrendous massacre of six individuals at the hands of Elliot Rodger, a young man who came from privilege but who bemoaned his empty existence and his failure to find adulation with the opposite sex, fierce debate has resonated as to the implications of how men treat and view women in society.
While many have since disparaged the shooter, whilst others championed him during his rants whilst visiting women hating forums a disturbing new trend has manifested itself since the apoplectic death of Elliot Rodger- the rise of Facebook fan pages praising him as a hero.
vocative: Among the Facebook groups created are “Elliot Rodger, Alone & Rejected RIP,” and “RIP Elliot Rodger—A Beautiful and Misunderstood Soul.”
His misogynistic male fans took to social media quickly to express their agreement with his beliefs.
Incredulously in other discussions, women express a lack of understanding as to why such an attractive man didn’t get any of the attention he so desperately craved.
Ironically through death Elliot Rodger is now getting the attention he always craved. His retribution video alone has been viewed over 1 million times since yesterday, not to mention the scurrying of world press to document his fragmented journey to self annihilation.
Though the number of sympathizers appears relatively small, Elliot Rodger supporters are certainly out there and vocal. Their comments are disconcerting, and the chilling phenomenon of copycats does raise questions. One can only wonder how much hate and scorn and disconnect there actually exists towards women, quite a bit it seems….