Fox News Psychotherapist Suggests ‘Homosexual Impulses’ Triggered Santa Barbara Mass Shooting: VIDEO

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In a Fox News discussion on the mass shooting in Santa Barbara, California over the weekend, reality television psychotherapist Dr. Robi Ludwig speculated that the alleged shooter, 22-year-old Elliot Rodger, may have gone on the rampage because he couldn’t cope with his “homosexual impulses.”

Although Rodger explained in a disturbing video posted on YouTube that he planned the shooting as retribution for women rejecting him sexually, Ludwig still felt the need to vomit out this baseless claim:

“When I was first listening to him, I was like, ‘Oh, he’s angry with women for rejecting him. And then I started to have a different idea: Is this somebody who is trying to fight against his homosexual impulses? Was he angry with women because they were taking away men from him? But this is a kid who couldn’t connect, and felt enraged, and wanted to obliterate anyone that made him feel like a nothing.”

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  1. rather than talk about mental health, rather than talk about gun control, FOX NEWs once again finds a way to talk about, and BLAME, gay people. for a mass shooting. despite all the aggressively-heterosexual misogyny on display in the sociopathic rantings of the killer's youtube videos.

    his delusions were dangerous and warped - blaming the girls he was attracted to for not being into him, yet all the while ignoring the possibility that maybe his sociopathy was evident, and that maybe perhaps he's *JUST AS SHALLOW AS THEM*, as he cared only for THEIR affections, and not the affections of any non-sorority non-blondes.

    but....Fox chooses to make this anti-gay. we got blamed for 9/11. we get blamed for natural disasters. and now we're being blamed for the shooting spree of a heterosexual misogynist.

    one more reason why the FOX NEWS-watching classmates of mine from university were collectively viewed with disgust, disdain and pity by the rest of it. they never had any idea what they were talking about. and this is a great example of why.

    this is now a part of American Life. mass shootings. it's officially american culture. and FOX seems to welcome it. another shooting is another way to spin their programming to target their chosen Minorities To Hate On.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 25, 2014 4:38:21 PM

  2. Dr.(?) Robi-the-robot Luddite Ludwig? Really? Yet another Faux News "expert" blowing smoke in the form of groundless "probing" questions.

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | May 25, 2014 4:42:46 PM

  3. One way or another, we are going to be cited as being responsible for the atrocities of mankind.

    Posted by: ToThePoint | May 25, 2014 4:43:20 PM

  4. I am also a therapist, and I agree with Dr. Ludwig, but the way she couched it on Fox News makes it sound like gay people cannot control their impulses, either sexually or killing people.....she played right into the right wing audience of Fox

    Posted by: Bernie | May 25, 2014 4:43:25 PM

  5. from her wikipedia page:

    "It has been implied that she is unethical in relation to her diagnosing patients she has never met for entertainment purposes."

    Her doctorate is from a distance learning school.

    Posted by: candide | May 25, 2014 4:45:14 PM

  6. She can apparently give a definitive "diagnosis" without ever having met him after spending a couple of hours looking at his video and reading a bit about him on the web. Good Job.
    The crime is so awful it must have been done by someone gay because we all have to be disgusting perverts. Not like good God fearing Christians who incidentally are no better than any other human on the planet. I know Its shocking right-wing Americans but just because you believe something doesn't mean its true or that you should justify your beliefs with bogus evidence.
    Its always lovely when someone tries to capitalize on someone's death to prove a particular point that has absolutely nothing to do with tragedy that occurred
    The US government could actually use an arrogant and unethical individual like yourself for use in trials against whistle-blowers, copywrite infringers,journalists and protesters. Its always nice to know somebody who could potentially be in a position of authority over someone can do their job so sloppily

    Posted by: IEatCereal | May 25, 2014 4:51:07 PM

  7. I don't watch Faux and this just showcases why I won't watch it in the future.

    Posted by: bkmn | May 25, 2014 4:54:43 PM

  8. Par for the course, when we aren't causing natural disasters we are deranged mass murderers. I think they think they finally caught onto the gay agenda...

    Posted by: WayneMPLS | May 25, 2014 4:57:26 PM

  9. It's difficult to decide which is worst--her bigotry, her stupidity, or her lack of professionalism.

    Posted by: Joe the Cynic | May 25, 2014 5:00:44 PM

  10. @candide the problem isn't that she used a distance learning school unless that particular school has super low standards.Conversely I know a few people who went to better Universities than I did (they're citizens of other countries) who are really awful at applying what they studied in real life. Where you received your education does not equate to skill. If it did then all those kids who only got into college because their dad's are rich alumni would be super skilled.She could also have just have met the criteria in her qualification and scraped through. Or she could be a fame whore like the Kardashians except with an added dose of bigotry and right-wing anti-intellectualism

    Posted by: IEatCereal | May 25, 2014 5:03:05 PM

  11. It's too bad the boy wasn't gay. He would have had no problem finding someone to love his BMW and pouty mouth. But alas, he was damaged goods and belongs to the straights. Let's listen to what Mr. Kiwi says, as he rises once again to address another session of the Towleroad Town Meeting--a New England tradition.

    Posted by: Gary | May 25, 2014 5:04:48 PM

  12. This horrible murder is actually a result of propaganda of heterosexuality.

    Posted by: litper | May 25, 2014 5:09:37 PM


    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | May 25, 2014 5:26:24 PM

  14. Umm....if he WAS a gay man struggling with his "impulses" and identity....wouldn't it be more logical to blame the homophobia spread by the likes of Fox News for creating an environment that made him feel unwelcome to be who he wanted to be?

    "Is this somebody who is trying to fight against his homosexual impulses?"

    Can't imagine why someone would feel they had to do that. Can yooooouuu?

    Posted by: Buck | May 25, 2014 5:27:30 PM

  15. Given all the time and energy we (collectively) put into subverting culture, ruining marriage, instigating and orchestrating natural and unnatural disasters, compiling and shoving down the throats of heterosexuals whom we may or may not be recruiting at any given moment our unified AGENDA--when does any one of us have time for disgusting butt sex or even porn-fueled masturbation?

    Posted by: gregorybrown | May 25, 2014 5:27:44 PM

  16. Shut up, "Bernie." Your "credentials" are as suspect as that thing's on TV by virtue of your asinine comment. FU.

    Posted by: Sean Maloney | May 25, 2014 6:01:35 PM

  17. Coming up today on FOX: yet another unqualified bimbo emits an unsupported opinion on a subject she knows absolutely nothing about. Be sure to tune in.

    Posted by: Jim | May 25, 2014 6:28:08 PM

  18. The Straight male community is just filled with losers! Those poor straight guys, they really suck overall as human beings.

    Posted by: RK | May 25, 2014 7:19:24 PM

  19. ... At least this time they didn't blame abortion..? :(

    I always wonder how Fox "News" gets away with so much hate speech, false information (anyone remember what happened to Dan Rather?), and so much anti-government propaganda. Their actions go beyond Freedom of Speech, it directly goes against journalist integrity.

    Why aren't they being prosecuted, or at the very least, have their "News", or journalist business card taken away from them...

    Posted by: JoseW | May 25, 2014 7:19:32 PM

  20. Jim, I have to agree. Faux News hires people based on: (1) Looks; (2) Ideology; and, lastly, (3) Intelligence.

    Posted by: Caleb in SC | May 25, 2014 7:20:34 PM

  21. Straight or gay or neither, he's clearly insane. But how is what Robi Ludwig said any different from what a lot of us (and our allies) say when some male public figure says something homophobic and we all say knowingly "Well, most homophobic straight men are actually gay." To me, that's self-hatred on a grand scale.

    And to be honest, even if she were right, it wouln't be a reflection on gay people in general, just one disturbed, sick individual. There are serial killers and spree killers and child molesters who are gay, straight, bisexual, trans, cis, white, black, asian, male, female... look hard enough and you can find loathsome people of every type. Let's not be so insecure about the support of our straight allies that we think that a few bad apples will turn them against us. I don't personally think that Ms. Ludwig is correct, but it's a question worth exploring, at least.

    Posted by: Zell | May 25, 2014 7:21:59 PM

  22. If you read the comments section of online news articles covering this horrific event, you'll be amazed & disheartened over how many members of John Q Public reached the conclusion that the shooter must be a homosexual.

    Thanks to Fox News, that theory is now validated by a "professional"

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | May 25, 2014 7:31:44 PM

  23. " ......and then I started to have a different idea."

    Are these pop psychologists the only ones on planet earth who do not realise that every vomit inducing thought in their heads doesn't have to come out their mouths ?

    Well, I have an idea; why don't you crawl into a sewer with your bigoted, pompous, self delusional, yet fantastical stupidity and give the world a break from your pure garbage ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | May 25, 2014 7:31:47 PM

  24. Whatever credibility she may have as a clinician is wiped out by the hair and earrings.

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | May 25, 2014 7:40:17 PM

  25. The zenith of absurd scapegoating was when I saw heterosexuals blame gay men for the rape of women... What?!

    Seems heterosexuals don't even care about truthiness anymore, nevermind the truth.

    Posted by: Anon | May 25, 2014 7:40:53 PM

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