THE killer at the centre of the Toronto van attack in 2018 is thought to have been furious at young women for making him an "involuntary celibate" and praised murderer Elliot Rodger.
Alek Minassian, 28, also warned on Facebook of an incel rebellion. Here's everything you need to know about what Alek Minassian and Elliot Rodger have said about involuntary celibacy.
What did Alex Minassian say about an incel rebellion?
In a Facebook post Alek Minassian declared "The Incel Rebellion has already begun! We will overthrow all the Chads and Stacys!" but what does he mean?
Forum user BlkPillPress described incel rebellion as a way to "punish normies in some way, they need to be in constant fear for every aspect of their life".
The post suggests the rebellion does not need to be violent and could include things such as poking holes in condoms stored in vending machines.
The rebellion is a way for incels to take revenge on people who have been able to enjoy sex and romantic relationships while they have not.
What did Alek Minassian say about the incel rebellion?
The 25-year-old accused of the Toronto van attack on Monday, April 23, 2018, is thought to be a self-proclaimed incel according to Facebook post cited by CNN.
In the post believed to have been written by Minassian he says: "Private (Recruit) Minassian Infantry 00010, wishing to speak to Sgt 4chan please. C23249161. The Incel Rebellion has already begun! We will overthrow all the Chads and Stacys! All hail the Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger!"
The post has since been verified by Facebook but has since been deleted from Minassian's Facebook page.
Minassian is due to stand trial in 2020 for the murder of ten people and injuring 15 when he "deliberately" drove a van on a pavement in Toronto, Canada.
His lawyer Boris Bytensky wants to put Minassian's statement to police under a publication ban until the trial is complete.
The Superior Court judge in the case, Justice Anne Molly, is expected to make her decision on the request on August 16, 2019.
What did Elliot Rodger say about the incel rebellion?
Elliot Rodger killed six people and injured 13 in a rampage he dubbed "a day of retribution" on May 23, 2014, in Isla Vista, California.
He stabbed three men to death in his apartment before driving and shooting three female students from his car, killing two.
After killing Veronika Weiss, 19, and Katie Cooper, 22, he shot dead Christopher Martinez, 20.
Rodger, who later killed himself in his car, also left 13 people injured.
He attributed his actions to girls refusing to have sex with him in a 140 page "manifesto" called My Twisted World he left behind.
Although the teen killer never cites the incel rebellion, his manifesto My Twisted World detailed his hatred of women – viewing them as the reason he was isolated, lonely and unable to have sex.
His writings detailed the only time he ever saw a girl naked was when he took baths with a childhood friend.
And he goes on to talk about his rage at seeing pal Maddy Humphreys with a boyfriend.
It also discusses how he was sent into a frenzy when his 18-year-old sister lost her virginity to a half-Mexican boyfriend.
The views expressed in the manifesto and his desire for a day of retribution fit with the chat room discussions and views on the incel rebellion.
Some radical incel chat rooms revere Rodger as part of the incel rebellion despite him never explicitly referencing it and Alek Minassian appears to praise him in a post before carrying out his own attack.
What are the terms used by incels?
- Incel – refers to anyone who is not in a relationship nor had sex in a significant amount of time, despite multiple attempts
- Truecel – a person who has never had sex or been in a relationship despite numerous attempts
- Mentalcel – someone whose reason for failure in a relationship or sex is related to mental illness or major insecurities
- Volcel – a person who is abstinent and does not engage in sex for various reasons
- Fakecel – someone who claims to be an incel but has recently had sex or been in a relationship
- Chads/Stacys – used to refer to men who are physically attractive and women who choose them over incels
How is the term incel defined?
Incel are members of an online subculture who define themselves as unable to find a romantic or sexual partner despite desiring one.
Characteristics of incel's are often resentment, misogyny, misanthropy, self-pity, self-loathing, racism, a sense of entitlement to sex and the endorsement of violence against sexually active people.
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