Op 24 mei 2014 vermoordde Elliot Rodger zes mensen, en verwondde er ook nog dertien. Na deze bizarre actie, pleegde hij zelfmoord. Voor hij van huis vertrok, plaatste hij een manifest op internet, waarin hij uitlegt waarom alle vrouwen dood moeten. Onderstaand de meeste seksistische en zieke opmerkingen uit zijn manifest, duiding laat ik graag aan jullie over.
In zijn manifest legt Elliot uit waarom hij dit heeft gedaan. In 140 pagina’s schrijft hij over zijn leven, en hoe verschrikkelijk zwaar hij het heeft. Al na de eerste pagina’s, die zijn vroege jeugd beschrijven, wordt duidelijk dat hij zichzelf als het slachtoffer ziet. Elliot is alleen maar goed, en de wereld is slecht. Al vrij vroeg in zijn puberteit begint hij daarom haatgevoelens te ontwikkelen tegenover vrouwen.
Of zoals hij zelf zijn manifest inleidt; “This tragedy did not have to happen. I didn’t want things to turn out this way, but humanity forced my hand, and this story will explain why.”
Helaas legt het verhaal alleen maar uit dat Elliot een gestoorde jankmuil is, met een zieke kijk op de wereld en een hekel aan iedereen. Zo haat hij zijn moeder omdat ze weigert met een rijke man te trouwen, want als hij een rijke stiefvader heeft, heeft hij meer aanzien.
In zijn inleiding noemt Elliot zijn verhaal ‘magnificent’ en zijn geheugen ‘superior’, maar helaas is het zo dat hij een matige schrijver is, en zijn verhaal niet veel voorstelt. Bespaar jezelf dus de tijd om zijn hele manifest te lezen (waaruit blijkt dat zijn jeugd prima was, hij heel veel Pokémonkaarten had, met verschillende kinderen bevriend was, altijd op vakantie ging naar verre buitenlanden en zijn moeder bevriend was met George Lucas, en de jonge Elliot dus te gast was bij de Star Wars premières.), en beperk je tot deze zieke uitspraken.
1. Als kind wist hij nog niet dat vrouwen vijanden zijn, geen vrienden
“My six-year-old self was playing with girls, unbeknownst to the horror and misery the female gender would inflict upon me later in my life. In the present day, these girls would treat me like the scum of the earth; but at that time, we were all equals. Such bitter irony.”
“My eight-year-old self had no inkling of the pain and misery girls would cause me once puberty would inevitably arrive and my sexual desire for girls would develop. Sexual desires that would be mercilessly spurned.”
2. Elliot is een snob
Na de scheiding van zijn vader, heeft de moeder van Elliot minder te besteden en gaat dus kleiner wonen. Schoolvriendje Connor vertelt op school dat Elliot in een klein huis woont.
“This infuriated me to no end, and I would keep proclaiming that my father lives in a prestigious three-story house in the Woodland Hills Heights. I became vehemently obsessed with proving to Connor and everyone else that I wasn’t poor. I went so far as to bring pictures of my father’s house to school”
Een paar jaar later gaat zijn moeder nog kleiner wonen;
“My mother decided to move to an apartment in Woodland Hills. I reacted indignantly. An apartment! I had never lived in an apartment before, and I always thought of apartments as being poor and low-class.”
3. Getraumatiseerd door naaktfoto’s
Als Elliot elf jaar is, krijgt hij van een internetvriendje wat naakfoto’s toegestuurd. Daar reageert hij nogal atypisch op;
“When I looked at the pictures, I was shocked beyond words. I had never seen what beautiful girls looked like naked, and the sight filled me with strong and overwhelming emotions. I didn’t know what was happening to me. Was it the first inkling of sexual desire in my body? I was traumatized. My childhood was fading away.”
4. Puberteit maakt alles kapot
“I gave no thought at all to my future, or the fact that puberty was just around the corner. I barely even knew much about what puberty was. With puberty, my whole world would change, and my entire life would collapse into utter despair.”
5. Seks is walgelijk
De naaktfoto’s die Elliot op zijn elfde zag, hebben hem lang niet zo erg getraumatiseerd als hij op zijn dertiende zijn eerste pornofilmpje ziet.
“I saw in detail a video of a man having sex with a hot girl. The video showed him stick his penis inside a girl’s vagina. I didn’t know anything about sex at the time. I barely even knew what sex was. I was slowely starting to develop sexual feelings for hot girls, but I didn’t know what to do with them. To see this video really traumatized me. I had no idea what I was seeing… I couldn’t imagine human beings doing such things with each other. The sight was shocking, traumatizing and arousing. All of these feelings mixed together took a great toll on me. I walked home and cried by myself for a bit”
“This was amongs the very first glimpses I had of sex. Finding out about sex is one of the things that truly destroyed my entire life. Sex…the very word fills me with hate.”
6. Negatieve aandacht is ook aandacht
Al zijn hele schoolcarrière probeert Elliot bij de ‘coole’ kinderen te horen. Op zijn veertiende accepteert hij dat dit nooit gaat lukken, dus zoekt hij een andere manier om aandacht te krijgen;
“I was extremely unpopular, widely disliked, and viewed as the weirdest kid in the school.I had to act weird in order to gain attention. I was tired of being the invisible shy kid. Infamy is better than total obscurity.”
“The teasing I recieved was bittersweet. It felt horrible to be teased and bullied… it caused me a lot of pain and anger…but at the same time I got a kick out of getting so much attention It felt good to be confident enough to pick fights with the popular kids. It was either that, or continue to be ignored (…)”
“The way I was treated by girls at this time, especially by that evil bitch Monette, sparked an intense fear of girls. The funny part is that I had a secret crush on Monette. She was the first girl I had a crush on, and I never admitted it to anyone. To be teased and ridiculed by the girl I had a crush on, wounded me deeply.”
7. Mensen die wél seks hebben zijn walgelijk
Als Elliot dan eindelijk in die o zo gevreesde puberteit terecht komt, doet hij drie dingen;
1. 14 uur per dag World of Warcraft spelen
3. Janken over mensen die wél seks en een sociaal leven hebben
“ I felt that no girl would ever want to have sex with me… And I developed extreme feelings of envy, hatred, and anger towards anyone who has a sex life. I saw them as the enemy.”
“ I began to have fantasies of becoming very powerful and stopping everyone from having sex. I wanted to take their sex away from them, just like they took it away from me. I saw sex as an evil and barbaric act.”
“ This was the major turning point. My anger made me stronger inside. This was when I formed my ideas that sex should be outlawed. It is the only way to make the world a fair and just place. If I can’t have it, I will destroy it.”
8. Een psychopaat is geboren
“I formed an ideology in my head of how the world should work. I was fueled both by my desire to destroy all of the injustices in the world, and to exact revenge on everyone I envy and hate. I decided that my destiny in life is to rise to power so I can impose my ideology on the world an set everything right.
“As time progressed, I realized how hopeless everything in my life was. The chances that I will ever rise to power and right the wrongs of the world were extremely slim.”
“When I saw young couples walking around at the mall, my anger and hatred intensified greatly. It was the worst torture ever to see them making out and being intimate. My life, if you can call it a life, was living hell.”
“My father never made any effort to prepare me for facing such a cruel world. He never taught me how to attract girls. He never warned me that if I didn’t attract girls at an early age, my life would fall into a miserable pit of despair!”
“Life is not fair. One can either accept that fact, keeling over in defeat; or one can harness the strength to fight against it. My destiny was to fight against the unfairness of the world.”
“As i’ve always believed, I am destined for great things. Becoming a multi-millionaire at a young age is what I am meant for. My faith was soon broken, as I bought a few Lottery tickets and visualized myself being the winner.”
“I desperately pondered if there was some other way I could make millions of dollars at my age, but I came up with nothing. I realized that my miserable, lonely virgin life was going to continue.”
“I am magnificent, no matter how much the world treated me otherwise. I am destined for great things.”
9. Elliot is niet alleen een seksist, maar ook een racist
“How could an inferior ugly black boy be able to get a white girl and not me? I am beautiful, and I am half white myself. I am descended from Britisch aristocracy. He is descended from slaves. I deserve it more.”
“I am an intelligent gentleman, and I deserve the love of girls more than the other obnoxious boys of my age, and yet they get girls and I don’t. That is a crime that can never be forgotten, nor can it be forgiven.”
“I was giving the world one last chance to give me the life that I know I’m entitled to, the life that other boys are able to live with ease. If I still have to suffer the same rejection and injustice even after I move to Santa Barbara, then that will be the last straw. I will have my vengeance.”
“I had never been a violent person in nature, but after building up so much hatred over the years, I realized that I wouldn’t hesitate to kill or even torture my hated enemies if I was given the opportunity.”
“I often fantasized about barging in their room while they had sex and slashing them to death with my knife.”
“I never forget. I never forgive. One day I’ll show him how superior I am”
“Those girls deserved to be dumped in boiling water for the cirme of not giving me the attention and adoration I so rightfully deserve!”
11. Day of retribution
“I will never have sex, never have love, never have children. I will never be a creator, but I could be a destroyer. Life had been cruel to me. The human species had rejected me all my life, despite the fact that I am the ideal, magnificent gentleman.”
“My hatred and rage towards all women festered inside me like a plague. Their very existence is the cause of all my torture, pain and suffering throughout my life.”
“My life has been wasted, all because women hate me so much.”
“Why do women behave like vicious, stupid, cruel animals who take delight in my suffering and starvation? Why do they have a perverted sexual attraction for the most brutish of men instead of gentlemen of intelligence?”
“I concluded that women are flawed. There is something mentally wrong with the way their brains are wired, as if they haven’t evolved from animal-like thinking. They are incapable of reason or thinking rationally.”
“Women should not have the right to choose who to mate with. That choice should be made for them by civilized men of intelligence. If women had the freedom to choose which man to mate with, like they do today, they would breed stupid, degenerate men, which would only produce stupid, degenerate offspring.”
“‘I am one of the few people on this world who has the intelligence to see this. I am like a god, and my purpose is to exact ultimate Retribution on all of the impurities I see in the world.”
“I will punish all women all females for the crime of depriving me of sex.”
“Once they see all of their friend’s heads roll onto the street, everyone will fear me as the powerful god I am.”
“How dare they reject a magnificent gentleman like me!”
“Part of me still didn’t want to do it. It will mean my death, and I have always been afraid of death.”
“May 24th 2014 was the final date. There is no postponing it anymore, no backing out. If I don’t do this, then I only have a future filled with more loneliness and rejection ahead of me, devoid of sex, love and enjoyment. I have to do it. It is the only thing I can do.”
“The Day of Retribution is my sole purpose on this world, and I am ready.”
“The Day of Retribution is all I have. It is the final solution to all of the injustices of this twisted world. By doing this, I will set right all of the wrongs I’ve had to face in my sorry excuse of a life.”
“Sex is by far the most evil concept in existence. The fact that life itself exists through sex just proves that life is flawed. The act of sex gives human beings a tremendous amount of pleasure. Pleasure they don’t deserve.”
“When a man has sex with a beautiful woman, he probably feels like he is in heaven. But then world is not supposed to be heaven. Fore some humans actually be able to feel such heights of heavenly pleasure is selfish and hedonistic.”
“The ultimate evil behind sexuality is the human female. They are the main instigators of sex. They control which men get it and which men don’t.”
“In an ideal world, sexuality would not exist. It must be outlawed. (…) The human race will evolve to an entirely new level of civilization, completely devoid of all the impurity and degeneracy that exists today.”
“In order to completely abolish sex, women themselves would have to be abolished. Alle women must be quarantined like the plague they are, so that they can be used in a manner that actually benefits a civilized society.”
“The first strike against women will be to quarantine all of them in concentration camps. At these camps, the vast majority of women will be deliberately starved to death. (…) I would take great pleasure and satisfaction in condemning every single woman on earth to starve to death. I would have an enormous tower built just for myself, where I can oversee the entire concentration camp and gleefully watch them all die.”
“Women represent everything that is unfair with this world.
Het enige lichtpuntje uit dit zieke manifest, is dat Elliot zijn plan is mislukt. Hij was van plan veel meer mensen te vermoorden, onder andere zijn stiefmoeder en broertje. Na de mislukte Retribution Day pleegde Elliot zelfmoord in zijn auto.