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‘Homosexual Impulses’ Cause Of Santa Barbara Shooter’s Killing Spree Suggests Fox News Expert

by David Badash on May 25, 2014

in Discrimination,News

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Dr. Robi Ludwig on Fox News’ “Justice with Judge Jeanine” last night attributed 22-year-old Elliot Rodger’s Santa Barbara shooting spree to what she suggested were his “homosexual impulses.” Rodger murdered six people near the University of California Santa Barbara and had left a 140-page manifesto along with more than 20 YouTube videos (some now removed), some extremely violent towards women, the last promising to “slaughter every single one of you.”

In none of his videos or manifesto did Rodger leave any hint or suggestion that he was gay or struggling with his sexuality, yet Dr. Ludwig, a psychotherapist, psychologist, and host of TLC’s reality TV show, “One Week to Save Your Marriage,” saw fit to posit Rodger was “angry at the men for not choosing him.”

UPDATE: Fox News Shrink: ‘I Was Misunderstood’ When I Suggested Shooter Fighting ‘Homosexual Impulses’

“When I was first listening to him, I was like, ‘Oh, he’s angry with women for rejecting him,’” Ludwig told the Fox News audience. “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?” Dr. Ludwig posited. “But this is a kid who couldn’t connect, and felt enraged, and wanted to obliterate anyone that made him feel like a nothing.”

“This was just a kid that was angry in general. He probably felt rejected, he couldn’t connect, he couldn’t feel loved, he couldn’t feel successful. Maybe he couldn’t even feel like a real man.”

Dr. Ludwig, co-author of ‘Till Death Do Us Part: Love, Marriage, and the Mind of the Killer Spouse, didn’t tell the Fox News viewers what a “real man” is supposed to feel like, or why she was suggesting that gay men aren’t “real men.”

While Dr. Ludwig is a psychologist and not a psychiatrist, the American Psychiatric Association mandates members may not violate the Goldwater Rule:

On occasion psychiatrists are asked for an opinion about an individual who is in the light of public attention or who has disclosed information about himself/herself through public media. In such circumstances, a psychiatrist may share with the public his or her expertise about psychiatric issues in general. However, it is unethical for a psychiatrist to offer a professional opinion unless he or she has conducted an examination and has been granted proper authorization for such a statement.

“Dr. Ludwig is a regular contributor to the Today Show as well as CNN, Headline News, The Fox News Channel and TruTv where she talks about psychological/lifestyle issues as well as the criminal mind,” her website reads. A profile on Psychology Today says Ludwig charges $150 – $250 per session. 

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Hat tip: David Edwards at The Raw Story

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{ 12 comments }

Since59 May 25, 2014 at 2:00 pm

As a mental health professional I know for a fact that diagnosing or assessing someone's mental status I've never met is unethical and considered bad practice by every mental helath trade association. I find such cavilier actions by some of my colleagues who seemingly value celebrity over ethics give all of us a black eye. Shame on you Dr. Ludwig.

SeanLiberty13 May 25, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Goebbels would be so proud of that harpy's propaganda.

labman57 May 25, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Another FOX News "expert" commentator doing what they do best — filling the void created from their lack of true expertise by spewing wholly-speculative innuendo (i.e., making crap up).

Jordy May 25, 2014 at 3:00 pm

What's with all those blond bimbos on FIX news. Another one

LubbockGay May 25, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Ah, FauxNEWS does it again! 'Watch out straight folks, a frustrated gay male may take out your family if you don't let him get your men….' Good grief, can they get any more prejudiced? If they were on air, not cable, we could file complaints with FCC, but as long as they get viewers and make money, they're safe.

Zack12 May 25, 2014 at 5:44 pm

Just another way to demonize us and our families.
Screw you Dr. Ludwig.

rickinsd May 25, 2014 at 5:46 pm

Geez, what a Quack! As mentioned in the article and by commentator "Since59" her diagnosis of Rodger is unprofessional and unethical. Not only that, it seems wholly off target. While she attributes his actions to his "fight against homosexual impulses" and early signs of schizophrenia, I saw no signs of either in the videos he posted, and Ludwig cites no examples or observations that would back up her dubious analysis of his mental health. Although I have only limited training in mental illness, what I saw in his videos would point more towards a narcissistic personality disorder; grandiosity, arrogance, envy of others, lack of empathy, devaluation of others to enhance his own self worth, fragile self-esteem. In summary: Ludwig is unprofessional, unethical and apparently not very skilled in her profession…but she makes for great TV!

BJLincoln May 25, 2014 at 8:23 pm

I am soooo pissed right now. She should lose her job for this. That was not only the worst professional move to make, having assessed a person you never met, but also discriminatory and painful.
IF…this was the case, who is to blame for making him feel so conflicted and angry? The anti-gay people! With their lies and propaganda to make us look bad. Their angry rants full of vile hatred, calling for violence.
It was NOT that he had these feelings of attraction. It was the horror stories he feared.
I can't believe she just said that. I watched it twice and both times my jaw dropped.

sdfrenchie May 27, 2014 at 1:34 am

She will not lose her job. She's paid to tell those lies and would lose her job if she didn't. Of course you have to wonder what caliber of human being would stoop so low as to get paid to broadcast the garbage they do on Fox News. The top two stockholders are Rupert Murdoch and Saudi Prince Al-Waleed (he wants the U.S. to fail). I don't know if the hosts are aware of the Prince's holding power, but I'm sure he has a great laugh every time one of them opens their mouths.

It's up to us to stop the way the conservatives are tearing this country apart. It's obvious no one else is going to do it.

Stanley234 May 25, 2014 at 9:32 pm

OK this is nothing but spin. It's not homophobic and Fox News is not "evil" because of it, it's just that it has no basis in reality. It's pretty common for today's partisan news outlets. Have you not watched CNN lately?

sdfrenchie May 27, 2014 at 1:25 am

It's because of idiots like those on Fox News that put homosexuality in such a negative light. Not to mention the politicians who advocate discrimination against LGBT. If kids like him are indeed struggling with their homosexual identity then the Republican Party, the Fundamentalist Christians, the Evangelicals and the Tea Party are guilty of the crimes they might commit. They're driving people insane with your lies and deceit. And behavior such as this young man committed in Santa Barbara is exactly what they want to pin on homosexuals, even though their bigotry is the cause of it.

This country has allowed the crap that Fox News puts out and the sources it stems from. I'm not going into one of my long screeds about it because everyone knows who's responsible for the mess our country has become. If we don't demand an end to it we'll lose all of our rights.

sdfrenchie May 27, 2014 at 1:29 am

It's because of idiots like those on Fox News that put homosexuality in such a negative light. Not to mention the politicians who advocate discrimination against LGBT. If kids like him are indeed struggling with their homosexual identity then the Republican Party, the Fundamentalist Christians, the Evangelicals and the Tea Party are guilty of the crimes they might commit. They're driving people insane with your lies and deceit. And behavior such as this young man committed in Santa Barbara is exactly what they want to pin on homosexuals, even though their bigotry is the cause of it.

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