Toronto van attack: What is an 'incel'?


"We will overthrow all the Chads and the Stacys".

The incel subculture grew through message boards on dedicated websites as well as forums like 4chan, infamous for no-holds-barred discussions and the incubation of conspiracy-laden ideologies. In 2016 26-year-old Chris Harper-Mercer posted a warning on /r9k/, a 4chan board also popular with incels, warning them to steer clear of Umpqua Community College in OR where, the following day, he killed nine of his classmates before shooting himself.

It's still too soon to say whether the attacker was a right-wing extremist, but it seems clear from this social media post that he was deeply invested in the internet cesspools that right-wing extremists have historically used to court young men into their violent and hate-filled worldview. C23249161. The Incel Rebellion has already begun! "All hail the Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger!".

A large "incel" community, which had advocated rape, was banned from Reddit last fall in accordance with an updated policy prohibiting content that "encourages, glorifies, incites or calls for violence or physical harm against an individual or group of people", the Guardian reported.

"[Chads and Stacys] should be scared", one forum member said Tuesday, referring to the Toronto attack. "We have found and immediately deleted the suspect's Facebook account".

Who are Chad, Stacy, and Elliot Rodger? Chads, for example, is a reference to attractive males who have casual sex with women, Stacys, according to a Grinnell College study.

Elliot Rodger is the movement's martyr.

After Alek Minassian, the Toronto van attack suspect, was charged with 10 counts of murder, his Facebook posts reveal he was a follower of Elliot Rodger, the murderous CA student who killed 6 people in Santa Barbara in 2014. Elliot Rodger, for instance, was a self-professed incel, and wrote a 141-page manifesto in which he stated that "all of my suffering on this world has been at the hands of humanity, particularly women".

"It's an injustice, a crime because I don't know what you don't see in me, I'm the ideal guy and yet you throw yourselves at all these obnoxious men instead of me, the supreme gentleman", he said.

How have incels responded to Minassian's Facebook message?

Facebook lets users change the time and date of a post, raising the possibility the account may have been hacked and modified, or is a fake.

The 25-year-old accused of plowing a rental van into a group of pedestrians in Toronto, Canada, apparently praised a mass murderer before the alleged attack.

"They should be scared, this is what happens when you deny so many men love and affection for their entire lives", read another post.



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