Video allegedly from mass killer in Santa Barbara: “If I can’t have you, girls, I’ll destroy you.” [TRIGGER WARNING]

A mass shooting in Santa Barbara last night left seven dead, including the man suspected of being the killer. Local authorities say that this chilling video, titled Elliot Rodger’s retribution, “appears to be connected” to the shootings. It is a supremely disturbing real-life villain’s monologue in which a young man, evidently the killer, explains on the day before the massacre why he intends to kill: because women have rejected him.

As the person who sent this video to me this morning noted, it sounds almost like a parody of the misogynistic beliefs and rhetoric that I write about on this blog. His language and his melodramatic tone both echo the writings of many of those young men who consider themselves “incels.” His anger is the same anger we see from the rejected men who lash out with insults and threats on OkCupid when their often crude advances are turned down. He reminds me of every so-called “nice guy” who is inwardly seething with resentment born of sexual entitlement denied. He even, at one point, calls himself a “gentleman.” He also calls himself an “alpha.”

It is clear that his  resentment at women was stoked by what I call the “new misogyny” and by steeping himself in at least one online community that reaffirmed his exaggerated, unwarranted sense of victimhood. So far we have evidence that he was a commenter at PUAhate, a site ostensibly designed to critique PUAs but which has degenerated into a haven for misogynistic “incels” and angry trolls. I suspect we will find that he was also a reader of, or  a commenter at, some of the other sites I critique on this blog.

For those of you who cannot make it through the video — I found it very hard to watch — here is a transcript of what he said.

Hi, Elliot Rodger here.

Well… this is my last video. It all has to come to this.

Tomorrow is the day of retribution. The day in which I will have my revenge against humanity. Against all of you.

For the last 8 years of my life, ever since I’ve hit puberty, I’ve been forced to endure an existence of loneliness, rejection, and unfulfilled desires. All because girls have never been attracted to me.

Girls gave their affection, and sex, and love, to other men but never to me.

I’m 22 years old and I’m still a virgin. I’ve never even kissed a girl.

I’ve been through college for two and a half years, more than that actually, and I’m still a virgin.

It has been very torturous.

College is the time when everyone experiences those things such as sex, and fun, and pleasure. But in those years I’ve had to rot in loneliness.

It’s not fair. You girls have never been attracted to me.

I don’t know why you girls aren’t attracted to me, but I will punish you all for it.

It’s an injustice, a crime, because I don’t know what you don’t see in me. I’m the perfect guy, and yet you throw yourselves at all these obnoxious men, instead of me, the supreme gentlemen.

I will punish all of you for it. (laughs)

On the day of retribution I am going to enter the hottest sorority house of UCSB… and I will slaughter every single spoiled, stuck-up, blonde slut I see inside there.

All those girls that I’ve desired so much, they would’ve all rejected me and looked down upon me as an inferior man if I ever made a sexual advance towards them while they throw themselves at these obnoxious brutes.

I will take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you.

You will finally see that I am in truth the superior one. The true alpha male. (laughs)

Yes, after I’ve annihilated every single girl in the sorority house, I’ll take to the streets of Isla Vista, and slay every single person I see there.

All those popular kids who live such lives of hedonistic pleasure while I’ve had to rot in loneliness for all these years, they’ve all looked down upon me every time I try to go out and join them. They’ve all treated me like a mouse.

Well now, I will be a God compared to you. You will all be animals. You are animals, and I will slaughter you like animals. I will be a God, exacting my retribution, on all those who deserve it.

And you do deserve it, just for the crime of living a better life than me.

All you popular kids. You’ve never accepted me, and now you’ll all pay for it.

And girls, all I’ve ever wanted was to love you, and to be loved by you. I’ve wanted a girlfriend, I’ve wanted sex, I’ve wanted love, affection, adoration, but you think I’m unworthy of it.

That’s a crime that can never be forgiven.

If I can’t have you, girls, I will destroy you. (laughs)

You denied me a happy life, and in turn, I will deny all of you life. (laughs) It’s only fair.

I hate all of you, humanity is a disgusting, wretched, depraved species. If I had it in my power, I would stop at nothing, to reduce every single one of you to mountains of skulls and rivers of blood, and rightfully so.

You deserve to be annihilated. And I’ll give that to you.

You never showed me any mercy, and so I will show you none. (laughs)

You force me to suffer all my life, and now I’ll make you all suffer.

I’ve waited a long time for this.

I’ll give you exactly what you deserve.

I will have more on this as the story develops. My heart goes out to the loved ones of all the victims.

Misogyny kills.

EDITED TO ADD: Elliot Rodger seems to have been a commenter on PUAhate, the anti-PUA message board that is as misogynistic and generally awful as the PUAs it critiques. PUAhate has taken itself offline, so all evidence of this may end up scrubbed. I added a paragraph about this.

I will keep updating  as I track down more information on this story. Please post anything you find in the comments as well.

EDIT 2: This will be a NO TROLLS thread. Anything gratuitously argumentative or less than respectful of the victims will be removed.


About David Futrelle

I run the blog We Hunted the Mammoth, which tracks (and mocks) online misogyny. My writing has appeared in a wide variety of places, including Salon,, the Washington Post, the New York Times Book Review and Money magazine. I like cats.

Posted on May 24, 2014, in a woman is always to blame, advocacy of violence, alpha males, attention seeking, creepy, empathy deficit, entitlement, evil women, imaginary oppression, incel, misogyny, nice guys, YouTube and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 435 Comments.

  1. Argenti’s back!

  2. It’s a brave person who washes a hyena with bare hands.

  3. Unimaginative

    Hi, Argenti! Welcome back!

    I’ve actually been amazed and heartened by how much media coverage I’ve seen talking about the misogyny instead of/in addition to the mental health stuff.

    Less heartened by the tornado warnings all over the fucking Prairies. It’s only May!

  4. @dianeski

    Thanks for the welcome, y’all. And sorry for the armchair diagnosis, but…um…don’t you think this kid was just an eensy-weensy bit batshit-crazy?

    No, but I do think you should go fuck off :3

    There wasn’t just one cause, any more than there was one cause for the French Revolution (despite what my high school history teacher told me ;)).

    yeah, I know, it’s like weird, I wonder if this guy who hated women and wrote a 140 page ‘manifesto’ about why he hated women and filmed a video about how he was doing it cuz he hated women had some not-hating motive? I mean weird right? Why actually listen to what he says when we could armchair diagnose???? much more useful thanks dianeski you have enlightened me.

    @argenti aertheri

    Hi! :D I missed you! :D

    Other than getting my face drilled into earlier, and getting more dentist fun done tomorrow, I’ve been pretty good, by and large. Puff has grown up enough to be eating clams, and my cory babies are getting BIG. And there’s a robin’s nest on the BF’s back porch, no babies yet though.

    Going to the dentist sucks :P But yay for fishies! :D

    How about you? And, uh, the site formerly known as manboobz? I miss anything interesting?

    Just a large plethora of ableist trolls and an alpha ally who SPEAKS SEVEN LANGUAGES!

  5. daaammmnnnn yooouuuu blooocccckkkkqqquoootttteeee mmmammmooottttth!!! damn you to heeeeellllll!!!!

  6. What a material of un-ambiguity and preserveness of precious knowledge on the topic of
    unexpected emotions.

  7. Sometimes spam is too good to keep to myself.

  8. cassandrakitty

    My brain keeps trying to interpret “preserveness” as a kind of jam.

  9. Oh, wow, that’s spamalicious. I mean, WOW. It’s like a buzzwords convention. :D

  10. “Preserveness”

  11. Imagine opening a fortune cookie containing that message.

  12. on the topic of
    unexpected emotions.

    There’s a kind of found art poetry in there, isn’t there? I know it stirred up some unexpected emotions in me. :D

  13. @Howard

    That’s the un-ambiguity.

  14. Argenti Aertheri

    Well, that was different!

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