Toronto Van Attack Suspect's Facebook Post Praised Misogynist Mass Killer

Nick Robins-Early
A damaged van is seized by police after it struck about two dozen people Tuesday at a major intersection in Toronto.

A post on Toronto van attack suspect Alek Minassian’s Facebook account praised mass murderer Elliot Rodger and vowed an “Incel Rebellion,” although it is unclear whether Minassian wrote the message himself. 

The term “incel” is internet slang for someone who is involuntarily celibate, and in recent years the term became prominent on Reddit and other online communities.

A Facebook spokesperson confirmed to HuffPost that the post was from Minassian’s authentic account but would not say when it was posted or if Minassian was the author. Toronto police are investigating the message.  

“The Incel Rebellion has already begun! We will overthrow all the Chads and Stacys! All hail the Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger!” the Facebook post said. “Chads and Stacys” is a reference to sexually active, conventionally attractive people.

Rodger killed six college students in 2014 near the University of California, Santa Barbara, after posting a misogynistic manifesto online that blamed women for his “suffering.” In a lengthy video he made before the attack, the 22-year-old complained he was still a virgin and vowed to kill women for sexually rejecting him. He also referred to himself as a “supreme gentleman.”

Minassian, 25, is accused of killing 10 people and injuring 13 by driving a rental van into pedestrians on Yonge Street in Toronto. Police said Tuesday that the victims are predominantly female. 

Minassian’s message also mentioned 4chan, an online message board that often attempts to spread hoaxes to the media.

Reddit removed the main incel community from its platform last year. The subreddit, which had about 40,000 members, frequently advocated for sexual violence and promoted hatred toward women.  

Authorities offered little...

Continue reading on HuffPost