A disturbing new documentary explores the dark world of “incels” — an online community of male virgins who hate women and praise mass murderers.
The term “incel” means involuntary celibate and refers to young males who have never had sex — some of whom want to strike out at the world because they have been rejected by girls.
The community gained worldwide attention when British-born student Elliot Rodger, 22, murdered six people at the University of California in 2014.
BBC Three documentary “Inside the Secret World Of Incels” explores how the killer is hailed as a “hero” by many online who refer to him as “Saint Elliot.”
Rodger is the first mass murderer who identified as an incel — but he would not be the last.
The warped motive behind the killings was exposed in a chilling YouTube video and in a sickening “massacre manifesto” in which he mentioned girls such as young model Monette Moio, 20, whom he called an “evil bitch” for spurning his advances.
“I’m not allowed to enjoy life in this world because I have been cast out, no one likes me and no one accepts me,” he said in the clip.
“These beautiful blond girls should be walking with me, not those brutes. I deserve them more. Girls aren’t sexually attracted to me. There’s a major problem with that and it’s a problem I intend to rectify.”
Rodger, who was born in London and whose father was “Hunger Games” director Peter Rodger, said he was angry at being a virgin.
He said he wanted to be a “true alpha male” and planned to raid a sorority house and “slaughter every single, spoiled, blond, stuck up a s—.”
Hatred of women
The 22-year-old killed six people and injured 13 in a rampage he dubbed “a day of retribution” on May 23, 2014, in Isla Vista.
He stabbed three men to death in his apartment before driving to a sorority house with the intention of killing female students.
However, he was unable to gain access to the building and instead began firing randomly, killing three women on the street.
He also murdered a male student inside a local deli before driving around at speed shooting and injuring people indiscriminately.
Rodgers killing spree came to an end when he crashed his car and shot himself in the head.
The horrific mass shooting has made the troubled 22-year-old an icon within the twisted world of incels.
Some of the forums where Rodgers is idolized have as many as 40,000 members where some users discuss raping women and killing sexually successful men whom they refer to as “chads.”
Rodgers’ actions and the sick words in his manifesto are believed to have inspired at least three other mass murders in North America.
The most infamous of these was carried out by Alek Minassian, 25, who killed 10 people when he plowed through pedestrians in a rented van in Toronto, Canada.
In a disturbing Facebook post, before the massacre, Minassian said an “Incel Rebellion has begun” while also praising Rodgers as a “Supreme Gentlemen.”
The BBC documentary spoke with an incel who uses the name Catfish online.
He has gained notoriety in the community for posing as a male model on dating sites and then filming his disturbing encounters with women.
Catfish also speaks openly about beating up an ex-girlfriend and being slapped with a restraining order after their relationship ended.
He says he has been rejected by more than 100 women and now is intent on exposing “how females really are.”
The incel has created a fake dating profile to trick women into meeting him.
He then films himself shouting at the ladies who decide to leave when they realize he is not the hunky man he claimed to be online.
Arguably his most chilling revelation is that he tricks women into sending him intimate pictures and videos.
‘Women aren’t people’
Catfish says he adores the adulation he receives from fellow incels for his sick actions.
“People calling me a hero is better than sex,” he told the BBC.
“I confront them and tell them they are a horrible person. If they saw me on the street, they would ignore me. I’m just exposing who they are as individuals. I respect people but when it comes to females, I don’t care.
“Women aren’t people and I’m spreading awareness of how these females are.”
However, there is another side to the community, and not all incels are violent or blame others for their misfortune.
The filmmakers spoke with a man in County Down, Northern Ireland, who has battled mental health issues for years and has never held the hand of a woman romantically before.
He spent much of his adult life isolated from the wider world and has battled against suicidal thoughts.
But the unnamed man is working hard to improve his self-esteem, and after using YouTube to document his struggles, he has found love online.
“I would close myself off from the world and just lie down,” he said. “Last Valentine’s Day I thought if I don’t have a girlfriend I will kill myself.”
Discussions about plastic surgery and improving physical appearance is common among the young men in the incel community. The Northern Irishman previously turned to steroids to improve his appearance but ended up covered in spots.
However, his videos online have put him in touch with a woman who has also never had sex or been kissed.
The pair have now started a burgeoning romance.
“You need someone to step in and show you the light because as incels we can be lost in darkness,” he said.