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Incels spend Valentine’s day celebrating the Parkland shooting one year ago that left 17 dead

Painted stones at a memorial for the Parkland victims honoring the murdered students and school staffers that some incels are mocking today

By David Futrelle

Valentine’s Day is a shitty day for a lot of people who aren’t in happy relationships, and it’s an especially shitty day for incels who have put their bitterness over their own romantic and sexual failures at the core of their identity.

But some of the regulars on the Incels.is forums have found a perverse reason to celebrate the day this year — because today is not only Valentine’s Day; it’s also the first anniversary of the murder of 17 students and staffers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Incels celebrated the attack when it happened, and some of them are celebrating it just as enthusiastically today.

“Valentines day feels a little more special this year,” Incels.is commenter Angryatsociety declares in a post labeled “LifeFuel” today, announcing that he’s going to “block out my own meaninglessness and sadness” about the holiday and his life “with something that made me feel happy.” That is, the Parkland murders.

“I’m happy for Valentine’s day because this time around I finally have something to celebrate,” he explains.

[W]hen other high schools were painted red with flower decorations those hallways at the [Marjory Stoneman Douglas] freshman building were painted red with tiny puddles of blood and .223 shell casings. I FUCKING LOVE CARNAGE!!!!!!!!!

He recalls his reaction to the news a year ago:

That morning when I was sad about being alone was overturned with a sense of joy when I heard someone say theres been a shooting then checked the news on my phone and went to the snapchat map and saw that masterpiece vid of those kids screaming inside the classroom with gunshots ringing out (i hadn’t had that much of a field day since las vegas).

He especially enjoyed the cell-phone videos of Parkland students reacting in terror to the sound of gunfire in their school.

That moment when the burst of gunshots happened with some kid saying “omg holy shit omg” I chuckled right after the girl screamed her whoreish ass off.

He declares himself grateful that he lives in a world in which mass shootings have become almost routine.

I hate people and society so much and you know what? Everyone of these mass killings wheather done with a car, a knife, a bomb, starting a fire, poisoning, or an ar 15 super duber scary rifle……………….makes me glad I’m alive to watch the world that’s why I check the news every 30 min. Everytime I check the news, i get this hopeful feeling that somewhere in the world a mass causality attack happened

Luckily for him they do happen with alarming frequency.

i look at china first with their vehicle and knife attacks, because they draw the inspiration that no matter how many road barriers you put up, no matter how many guns you ban, no matter how many people are put under authoritarian surveillance…………………. there will still be a backback bomb detonating outside an elementary school.

Fucking monster.

Time to address the real problem society.

Nikolas cruz wasn’t the first and he is the furthest from being the last.

My only regret about that day is that he didint meet his goal of killing 20 people.

I’m in the mood for writing a long ass fan letter to him rn.

Oh, but he’s not encouraging mass murder; he’s just happy when it happens

I’m not inciting any crime or threat of violence, I’m just saying why I have something to really like about Valentine’s day now.

Live on hero, everyday I hope to see more just like you……………….. and i see the world ending another day hahahahahhahahahahahahahah.

In a followup comment, he said he thought

the bloodshed across the world will forever continue, I hope it gets so bad to the point where a sizeable amount of people are too scared to go out into puplic and theres armed guards with automatic rifles at every store, venue, event, etc.

I love the kind fear the public has.

While there were a few dissenters, most of those who responded to Angryatsociety’s post on Icels.is shared his sentiments.

“Fills me up with joy,” wrote AsiaCel, a prolific contributor to Incels.is who has posted more than 3000 comments to the site.

I don’t support mass shooting, but my support/against won’t change anything it’s going to happen regardless. Might as well sit back and watch the show.

Others suggested that the bloodshed was necessary to bring attention to their inability to find dates. According to commenter Hate_My_Life,

All this pain and suffering is something that society and people deserve until they open their fucking eyes and ask: Is there a problem with us?

It will probably take millions of deaths before they even question that, but I’ll be waiting (Again, I’m not encouraging violence/shooting up schools).

I hate women indeed, but the world follows closely behind.

Someone called FinnCel agreed:

No one talks about loneliness until a couple of students get shot.

Even then, it’s briefly mentioned and the discussion changes to gun control, instead of loneliness prevention.

I don’t support shootings but it is a necessary evil. Those brief moments when our loneliness is mentioned, when put together enough times, just might open the society’s eyes and we will finally be noticed

That’s the logic of terrorism.

Once again, I’m struck by how similar this particular incel argument is to Jordan Peterson’s infamous argument for “enforced monogamy.” Like the incels, Peterson suggested that this kind of male violence is the inevitable result of women rejecting certain kinds of men; indeed, he made his comments in response to a question about the Toronto van killer, a self-described incel. “He was angry at God because women were rejecting him,” Peterson declared in an interview with the New York Times. “The cure for that is enforced monogamy.”

It’s an argument that’s absurd on so many levels it’s hard to even know where to begin. Somehow cajoling (or outright forcing) women into dating the sort of guy who contemplates mass murder when he can’t get a date won’t solve the problem of male violence; it will simply shift the target of the anger. Men who are this angry about being told no outside of a relationship will almost certainly get angry about being told no in a relationship — and will have the perfect opportunity to take out this anger on their partners and children.

These men might not go and shoot up a school, but some of them would almost certainly end up murdering their partners and other family members. Indeed, these sorts of murder-suicides happen so regularly they almost never get national attention, and “enforced monogamy” would almost certainly make them much more common.

This sort of male violence is born from the same sort of aggrieved entitlement that drives the incels. You can’t solve it by forcing (or even by more subtly cajoling) women into giving these entitled men what they say they want, because they will simply find new reasons to feel aggrieved. That’s especially true of incels, whose entire identity is built around their sense of grievance. (Take a look at yesterday’s post to see an ex-incel talking about how aggrieved he remains even after finding several girlfriends.) The real problem isn’t that these men feel aggrieved; it’s that they feel entitled.

Depressing thoughts for Valentine’s Day, but then again this blog specializes in the worst people in the world. I’ll put up a Valentine’s Day open thread for those who’d rather discuss somewhat more pleasant things,

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Fujimoto
Fujimoto
3 years ago

Fucking disgusting. Incels have always been horrific but a while back there was a semi-regular commentator on The Mary Sue who said he used to be an incel and argued only a few are hateful with most being depressed so society should be kinder to their needs. Given how much of a vile centrist liberal he is, decrying social justice as regressive, it made him look even worse than he already did, and left me even less sympathetic toward incels.

The line “Oh, but he’s not encouraging mass murder; he’s just happy when it happens,” in Angryatsociety’s rant sounds like it’s David’s commentary accidentally included.

KindaSortaHarmless
KindaSortaHarmless
3 years ago

Hard to believe Parkland was only a year ago. With so much other stuff going on, I kinda lost track.

KietaZou (@KietaZou)
KietaZou (@KietaZou)
3 years ago

I recall Tim Leary (claiming) to have talked briefly with THE Manson while both were in prison, and Manson telling him, at first, how much he appreciated being in prison; that it gave him the time and freedom to read the Bible – blah-blah-blah.
Then Tim pressed him, in that smiling, charming way he had, and Manson admitting it all sucked completely; that he was lonely and bored and sad.

This guy has nothing, no life at all, despite being free to do a very great many simple things (like go for a walk or eat a nice piece of fresh fruit), yet he quite obviously spends every moment trying to imagine horror and pretend others’ suffering is something he can enjoy.

What I’m suggesting is that Manson had a less fucked and more sensible view of life that this guy, or those who salute his impotent asshole-ishness, since Manson could still admit he was full of shit, despite being the nation’s most famous monster.

Diego Duarte
Diego Duarte
3 years ago

The real problem isn’t that these men feel aggrieved; it’s that they feel entitled.

That’s pretty much what it is. Femicides are a common crime in patriarchal societies, and are as old as time. They happened back in colonial times, during the height of patriarchy many an incel refers to the “good old days”, when angry men would kill women who “spurned their advances” and they keep on happening now.

They happen in societies with or without gun control (and I’m not arguing against gun control here, just making a point that it’s the entitlement that makes these people dangerous).

Even if we were to go backwards, in terms of human rights, about 200 years into the past and women were to be considered property, these people would STILL murder women. In fact it’d be way worse, because it would be normalized, as it was back then.

So no, nobody is “waking up” to anything or conceding a single inch of territory in favor of these fucks. If anything, this is just ultimate proof they have to be stamped out.

Talonknife
Talonknife
3 years ago

@Fujimoto

The line “Oh, but he’s not encouraging mass murder; he’s just happy when it happens,” in Angryatsociety’s rant sounds like it’s David’s commentary accidentally included.

I think it actually is.

Crip Dyke
3 years ago

INCELS, Jordan Peterson & Ross Douthat [in harmony]: The cure for men feeling so entitled to women’s bodies that they go on killing rampages is to restructure society so that instead of feeling entitled to women’s bodies, they actually are entitled to women’s bodies.

Yeah. That’ll work.

tohka
tohka
3 years ago

Incels.is needs to be taken down and those members investigated, sorry notsorry.

All of those posters are just warning signs. Tired of the same old “we didn’t see the signs”
They’re openly posting how they celebrate death and wish for more of it right online. They call minors whores because they’re girls and pity the shooter for not killing enough. They feel they have so little power in the world that they hoep for genocide and death as a power exchange.

This reminded me of those nazi mall shooters in Canada that planned to kill more people than Columbine. But we’re warned and arrested before hand. All of the evidence was online of how edgy they were and how they viewed the world. I know only of the girl who got life in prison. I think the other, the guy committed suicide.

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

All this pain and suffering is something that society and people deserve until they open their fucking eyes and ask: Is there a problem with us?

It will probably take millions of deaths before they even question that, but I’ll be waiting (Again, I’m not encouraging violence/shooting up schools).

Oh, bullfuckingshit. Every damn time an angry white dude commits a murder or dozen there are about a bazillion hot takes about why it’s women’s fault. Society bends over backwards to cater to incel’s feelings.

mcbender
3 years ago

This is utterly sickening, though I can’t say I’m surprised any more.

I loathe Valentine’s Day, for a variety of reasons (mostly to do with the onslaught of demeaning heteronormative claptrap to which we are inevitably subjected), but this is nearly enough to make me want to go celebrate it out of spite. Not quite, but nearly.

Weird (and tired of trumplings) Eddie
Weird (and tired of trumplings) Eddie
3 years ago

This person is just mean

Weird (and tired of trumplings) Eddie
Weird (and tired of trumplings) Eddie
3 years ago

mean…

Jane Done
Jane Done
3 years ago

This sort of male violence is born from the same sort of aggrieved entitlement that drives the incels. You can’t solve it by forcing (or even by more subtly cajoling) women into giving these entitled men what they say they want, because they will simply find new reasons to feel aggrieved.

I’d like to point out that even if you could, reducing women to cattle to satisfy men’s feelings is not an option.

I mean I know Jordan Petershit is “just asking questions” and all. Yeah, just like the nazis are “just asking [jewish] questions”.

This is why I hate civility politics, it opens the door wide open to intellectualising barbarism. Some things deserve to be shut down. Some ideas don’t deserve respect. Some people don’t deserve respect.

Jane Done
Jane Done
3 years ago

@WWTH: It’s absolutely disgusting that already some ‘journalists’ are starting to throw out the “can we REALLY be sure it was misogyny?? There’s just no way to be sure!” defence at the toronto van killer.

vaiyt
vaiyt
3 years ago

@Jane Done: the denial squad is ready to excuse sexism as it does racism.

Bina
Bina
3 years ago

No, incels, we out here in the real world are NOT going to ask if anything’s wrong with us for not dispensing pityfucks on demand. We’re asking WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH ALL OF YOU???

Because, you know, your sadistic and murderous tendencies are why you’re single, and that ain’t changing anytime soon.

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Knitting Cat Lady
Knitting Cat Lady
3 years ago

In December a man randomly knifed three women in Nuremberg, Germany. All survived.

He was caught fairly quickly.

I only know about it because I live nearby and read the local news. There was NOTHING in national media.

The perpetrator was a native German with no permanent residence. He’s supposedly mentally ill.

There’s silence in the news media about this case since they caught the guy.

But I can tell you one thing: If the guy had been a brown skinned immigrant or refugee the media circus would have been gigantic.

Meteor
3 years ago

Later today, I am going to the drugstore, to get cheap candy.

Lumipuna (nee Arctic Ape)
Lumipuna (nee Arctic Ape)
3 years ago

mass causality attack

Heh. That reminds me of Finland’s 2007 school shooting, where the young man at fault turned out to have been a fanboy of that one philosopher with famously unspellable name and nihilistic popular image.

There was a brief attempt at moral panic, in questioning whether “philosophical literature” is dangerous as a potential driver of youth radicalization. Then there were some snarky responses, along the lines of “Ruthless youth gangs might attack their rivals with lethal accuracy, using Hegel as a blunt weapon”

Gatecrasher
Gatecrasher
3 years ago

The incels scare me, because differing between “Let´s see who´s the Edgelord lulz” and “I sincerely mean this” is often impossible from reading their comments. And which hater will act out their hate IRL? I guess the confusion is the point of it. The real shooters can hide in the crowd.

Also, I agree with David; as we saw yesterday, apparently one is still an incel even if one has had girlfriends, if the girlfriends are ugly. The entitlement is the problem. I hope the girlfriend that guy currently has finds out he thinks she is too ugly for him, and that he complains about it on the internet. I hope she dumps him.

And like Bina said, if you ooze hate, entitlement and violence that´s most likely the problem and not your cheekbones. It would be a problem even if you had Chad´s cheekbones. A pity a boy so pretty, with an ugly heart.

Not Edward
Not Edward
3 years ago

I think a “sense of entitlement” is not the right phrase. These people are miserable because they are selfish assholes incapable of the affection or care for anyone or anything but themselves that might make their lives tolerable. Their resentment at the world is because the world refuses to rearrange itself so that their being an asshole will somehow no longer make them miserable. Because they sort of suspect that their misery might have something to do with hoe they interact with other peoplr, tbey’ve latched onto their having sex as being the thing that will stop them being miserable, but of course it won’t and can’t, because if they did, then they would still be an asshole, just an asshole with a girlfriend, and they would then decide it was their girlfriend’s fault they were still miserable, and the world’s fault because they can’t get a better girlfriend.

ellesar
ellesar
3 years ago

There is a 100% chance that if one of these arseholes DID actually attract a woman there would be so many reasons why she was not good enough. NONE of these men are saying ‘I would be perfectly happy with a plain, fat and uninteresting woman, as long as she was loving and loyal’.

NO! For some reason they seem to think that their desperate and enraged loneliness is solely due to the fact that the most attractive women are generally interested in other very attractive people.

We are supposed to recognise, and accommodate their problems, but their lack of self awareness and misguided hate is all we can see – and nothing is going to change there, even if they do loads of shootings.

I am not the sort of person who EVER says ‘kill yourself’ to someone, however obnoxious. but reading this it did come to my mind. I can’t see how it would do anything but good for society.

Cindy
Cindy
3 years ago

Every single incels.me user should be rounded up and shipped off to Gitmo. It’s the only way to be sure they won’t harm anyone.

Diego Duarte
Diego Duarte
3 years ago

Some things deserve to be shut down. Some ideas don’t deserve respect.

This is literally why Nazi salutes in public get you jailed in England and Germany.

Hate Speech is nothing more than an incitement to violence, just done in in a more subtle manner and in a more massive scale.

I recently lost a friend whom, despite having been a very reasonable person in the past, was sucked in by the anti-SJW narrative and became nothing short of a Nazi.

Despite the fact that I pointed out “Cultural Marxism” is just a stand in for “Cultural Bolchevism” and how these conspiracy theories are made to mirror one another, he contends that his favorite pundits and youtubers do not call for violence like the Left presumably does.

Except that’s not how it fucking works. Adolf didn’t fucking start killing Jews right of the bat. No, he spent fucking TWENTY YEARS stoking hatred towards POC, immigrants, socialists, LGBT, transgenders and Jews, before he could convince the German people to start a mass violation of human rights.

But since Western culture always views history through a judeo-christian and White lens, we only focus on the 6 million Jews he killed and completely ignore the other 5 million victims. When we hear that the Nazi burned books it is never mentioned that these were transgender studies from Magnus Hirschfeld’s Institute for Sexual Science.

When we study WWII not enough time is spent on Hitler’s rise to power and how he convinced a nation to disenfranchise entire groups of people.

Hate Speech is not innocent and should never be tolerated. It’s only goal is to drive policy to disenfranchise minorities and vulnerable groups. It should be a punishable offense, no ifs, ands or buts.

Katamount
Katamount
3 years ago

Yeah, this is the vile form I expect the incels of the world to conform to, not the whole “what if there is a dialectic of the bourgeoisie normies and the proletariat incels that require class struggle between 2s and 8s” nonsense.

These guys know that they’re the baddies and want a slice of the respect that they think is due the villains of any of the animes they watch. But they also know they’re just sadsacks that repel anybody around them with their hideous personalities, so they just double-down on the vile fantasies they share and reinforce among each other.

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