Here, once again, is Elliot Rodger’s final video in which he whines about his oppressed and tormented life from the comfort of his BMW cockpit.
Five minutes in, you will notice Rodger’s begins letting loose with a maniacal, villain-like laugh. It sounds contrived and yet it seems quite well executed. It struck me that he must have practiced at it.
And that started bothering me. Something about practicing a laugh on video seemed so familiar.
Yesterday, it finally came to me: Dr. Horrible’s Singalong Blog!
The resemblances are uncanny. That series of three Acts opens with Dr. Horrible practicing his evil, maniacal laugh in order to meet the “standards” of being a true villain who deserves to be received into the Evil League of Evil. Dr. Horrible’s chosen means of communication is to run a “vlog” (video blog) in which he makes his grandiose statements and threats.
And this only begins the list of similarities. In both real life and fiction, we have the same portrayal of violence as something the world needs and deserves. We find the same obsession with out-of-reach women—as well as an inability to communicate with them. We find the women (or singular woman in the case of Dr. Horrible) are guilty of going after the wrong men in both stories. We see the seething and ultimately murderous resentment of the men who get the women. In both the real-life psychosis and the video we see the main character’s assumption that working mighty acts of violence will prove that he is the true “alpha male.” Dr. Horrible is better than the real-life psychopath because he arguably doesn’t plan or mean to kill the woman, but both stories end in the killing of women.
It is sickeningly uncanny but fascinating. The Elliot Rodger’s video could be an application for membership in the Evil League of Evil if it were not a fictional group.
And now politicians are going to play the disgusting Captain Hammer by promising to protect the little people from gun and mental “illness”—which is our new substitute for evil and enviousness.
By the way, while there is no love lost between me and Joss Whedon lately, I’m not claiming he inspired any of Rodger’s crimes. His three-part video is a warning. Like how our government seems to be using George Orwell’s 1984 as an instruction manual, Elliot Rodger almost certainly had to have seen Whedon’s production, and rejected the warning. He ran to his own destruction. Too bad he couldn’t have only arranged his own rather than take out others with him.