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.”
“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.”
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.
Hat tip: David Edwards at The Raw Story
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