After every tragedy, people look for things to blame. And quite often, they blame the wrong things. So is the case following the UCSB shooting.It Wasn’t Because of Autism
It seems like every mass murder gets assumed to be autistic, and with very few exceptions these assumptions turn out false. The media this weekend was reporting Elliot Rodger had Aspergers, only later to find out he was never diagnosed. Even if he did have Aspergers, it’s irrelevant. There’s no correlation between autism spectrum disorders and mass murder. People on the spectrum are far more likely to be on the receiving end of violence, and false claims of connections between ASD and violent behavior only serve to further stigmatize a population that already has enough problems to worry about.It Wasn’t Because of The Hunger Games
Yes, Elliot Rodger’s father is a second unit director on the series. No, it did not influence him. I wish it did. You know why? The Hunger Games is probably the most feminist series of blockbuster movies out there, with a strong female heroine who’s her own person with her own goals unrelated to sex and isn’t a prize to be won. If Hunger Games were an influence on Elliot Rodger, it would be an influence away from the misogynist thinking that was his clear motivation as expressed in his manifesto. If Hunger Games were an influence, this massacre might not have happened. Funny how one of the media’s loudest misogynists is pointing fingers in that direction.It Wasn’t Because of Seth Rogen or Judd Apatow
Anne Hornday in the Washington Post is somewhat on point in looking at misogyny in the media as part of the general culture that influenced Elliot, but her fingers are still in the wrong direction. Trying to blame any single source rather than broader cultural trends is futile, but specifically blaming Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen is off the mark. While not perfect, the two generally avoid and at times even criticize the sexism of “bro culture.” Neighbors, the Seth Rogen movie she singles out, has actually been praised by feminist critics for treating its women with the same sense of humor and humanity as the men.It Wasn’t Because of Homosexuality
I think this can be responded to with just a flat “what.” Seriously, based on his manifesto where he wants all women gone so men wouldn’t have sexual attraction anymore, it seems as if he doesn’t even consider how men could be sexually attracted to other men. All these myths are offensive, but this might be the stupidest.