Hollywood, desire, & the Santa Barbara murders

Washington Post critic Ann Hornaday on the Santa Barbara murders:

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. [Read more...]

The Santa Barbara killings

Is there anything that can be said about the 22-year-old who killed six people–stabbing three, then shooting three more before killing himself–in Santa Barbara?  Elliott Rodger, the affluent son of the assistant director of the Hunger Games,  gave his reasons in a 171-page manifesto and a series of YouTube videos, but his motive comes down to his frustration that no women would have sex with him.

My impression is that this mass murder has to do with some unique pathologies of pop culture–a child of Hollywood who wanted to be a star, whose life was mostly in the media, and who was outraged that the easy sex of the movies wasn’t so easy for him. [Read more...]


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