7.19.2014

James Hong, George Chen, and Weihan Wang Matter Too

And let's not forget it.

L to R: Weihan Wang, George Chen, and James Hong
The parents of the three college students who were stabbed said it took them weeks to muster the courage to speak publicly about the killings. They said they finally did so in a joint interview to air their frustration with authorities’ handling of the case and the scant information that has been provided.

The three families — all Chinese immigrants who said they came to the United States for a better life — said that they are disturbed by a culture that seems more interested in the killer than in their sons. They also are angered by public-health and legal systems that they say value the rights of the mentally ill, including Rodger’s, over those who may become their victims.

...The three families are lobbying the news media to shift their attention to the victims. After ABC News announced June 9 that Barbara Walters would be coming out of retirement to interview the killer’s father, the families banded together and e-mailed a producer June 13
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I dare you to Google Elliot Rodger right now.

Click "News" at the top. Notice how the first few articles are basically this same story copied and pasted a few times over. Then scroll down to see all the articles about Elliot Rodger and namely his father (notice: not his mother), who has become some sort of macabre celebrity (which I knew he would. He may complain about his son being a mass murderer and all, but if I understand the history of this man's career correctly, Elliot's killing spree couldn't have happened at a better time).



Notice how off-handledly his father remarks, "He was jealous of the way I looked" and actually has the gall to say he didn't realize his son "was so racist". Watching this makes me feel like I'm watching a well-rehearsed actor talking about a complete stranger, and it only changes when he talks about how he almost lost his other son and his second wife.

This video is forty minutes long, but it doesn't get to the three slain men until about the 28th minute, and then not again for a few more minutes. The stabbing victims are discussed very briefly again, and then the narrative hurries back to the white kids. Hell, Chris Martinez got a whole damn solo segment, partly because his daddy met up with Peter Rodger and apparently had a photo-op.  Seriously.

We also learn that Elliot's mother is remaining silent because she believes "the world's attention should be focused on supporting the victims' loved ones" - finally. Some sanity out of that family.

There really is a serious, deliberate avoidance of discussing the stabbing victims in depth, and the various discussions around the web are filled with viable reasons which all carry a common denominator of race.  Stabbing is said to be one of the most intimate forms of murder, and these young men reminded their killer of a part of himself he despised.  The victims were also the non-white children of immigrants, and some commenters feel that journalists are focusing only on the killer and victims with whom they share a more similar background.  There's also the discussion about how gun violence is much more of a political hot topic right now rather than stabbing.

Well, I am so sorry that for some outlets, these three men aren't considered "headline material" or clicks/page view magnets.  These men lived with a madman who quite possibly drugged then stabbed them, and while their bodies were still warm, he started emailing his "manifesto" out to people.  Really.

Why are we still talking about Elliot?  We know his bio now, backwards and forwards.  We can recognize his picture anywhere.  Why isn't Barbara Walters reaching out to the families of the stabbing victims to have a long interview with them, replete with sweet anecdotes, family pictures, and a musical score worthy of a Lifetime movie?

The other victims were strangers taken out with the impersonal lethality of a bullet fired at random from a moving vehicle.  But these three...their deaths were personal.  If we were to go so far as the rank the victims, then Chen, Hong, and Wang were assuredly Elliot's most important victims.

Oh, and did I mention the video ends with Peter Rodger admitting a part of him wishes Elliot had never been born?

19 comments:

  1. This article should have been the basis for the television interview. Again another well written article

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  2. This pattern of the media romanticizing these mass murders and terrorists ( but only if they're white or half white of course) is only going to make this society more desensitized than it already is and you will just have more things like this happen.

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    1. And good-looking. Commenters are also pointing out how media outlets keeping bringing up Elliot's good looks, whereas murderers who are considered less attractive, don't get as much attention. There's also that God awful nickname, the Virgin Killer, which feeds into the romanticizing and glamorizing of what he did.

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    2. I meant to say " desensitized to violence". Yeah I forgot good looking. Also being from a middle or upper class background, I think that plays a big part.

      P.s. I just looked at that photo of Peter Rogers and Chris Martinez father *vomited a little in my mouth* it looked like Rogers was taking a headshot for his portfolio.

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    3. When I was first doing research on the dad, I saw that picture and thought that the dude he was hugging was a colleague of some sort. When I realized that was Martinez's dad, I shuddered.

      Really? My son kills your son so we're gonna pose for a photo together? Seriously?

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  3. Thank you for this post. I am more concerned with how the families of the victims are dealing with the lost of their loves ones. The murderer is dead, motive known, moving on. The victims' families need the comfort, love and support more so now then ever. R.I.P. James Hong, George Chen and Weihan Wang hoping for peace and ease of mind to their families.

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  4. The Secret NinjaJuly 20, 2014 at 1:46 AM

    thank you so much for writing about this. i remember when this first happened, i live in San Diego, Ca and this story was immediately on the news, but i only heard about James Hong, George Chen, and Weihan Wang once and that was it. and i was waiting for the news to circle to back around to them and their story, what happened to them, but no, it kept going back to the murderer and his shooting victims. now mind you (or anyone), that's not to downplay that he killed random people, however, as you mentioned in your post, stabbing is a very personal murder (crime of passion?) and to just gloss over the fact that he managed to kill three people that he lived with in the manner that he did is a travesty.

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    1. You are welcome.

      to just gloss over the fact that he managed to kill three people that he lived with in the manner that he did is a travesty.

      Not to mention, using these actions to trot out every has-been and wannabe out of the woodwork is downright disgusting. The video above talks about Peter's second wife and feels the need to run through her (very short) list of films. Elsewhere on the web, a supposed friend of Peter's tried to help Elliot talk to women and the article is like "So-and-so is a friend of the family, and director films of like Such-and-Such, Whatever, and Blah Blah Blah" - I shit you not.

      Meanwhile, no one's asking WTF does this have to do with the dead? How does knowing this bullshit help the families of the slain? Who cares that some guy who directed a film from before Elliot was even born tried to talk to him about women?

      Barbara Walters came out of retirement to interview this guy - seriously? So let me get this straight, a half-Asian guy stabs three Asian men to death because of his own self-loathing, and not only is this not fully examined, but his white dad is getting good press, Barbara Walters is getting good press and another historical paragraph on her resume, ("first time the parent of a mass murderer is speaking out"), and now white has-been friends of the family are trying to get in on the gravy train.

      *cue fountain of vomit*

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    2. " *cue fountain of vomit* "

      Then whatever you do don't read the comments. I'll just say that one made by rainbow whoever was just sick.

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    3. By comments I meant the ones on that Daily Mail article.

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  5. Three Asian men are murdered and a bunch of whites benefit. Sounds like America.

    "Oh, and did I mention the video ends with Peter Rodger admitting a part of him wishes Elliot had never been born? "

    Or he could, you know, wish he had been a better father who did not infect his son with white supremacy. Or, better yet, if Peter Rodger had never been born, James Hong, George Chen, and Weihan Wang would still be alive, Elliot Rodger would never had been born, and we would have one less overprivileged white man working in white Hollywood and indulging in white privilege. And before anyone comes in here claiming Peter Rodger is not racist himself: rich white man in racist-ass Hollywood with an Asian wife is the goddamn definition of racist. I fucking swear, if I have to listen to one more fucking whitey claim fucking an Asian women makes them the epitome of anti-racism...because indulging in white privilege makes you anti-racist, right? Because all men married to women are instantly anti-sexist, right?

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    1. Or he could, you know, wish he had been a better father who did not infect his son with white supremacy...And before anyone comes in here claiming Peter Rodger is not racist himself: rich white man in racist-ass Hollywood with an Asian wife is the goddamn definition of racist.

      On Abagond's blog, there's a discussion about these white guys who marry Asian women - while looking down on Asian men - then wake up one day with Asian sons, and what a seriously toxic environment it must be for those boys. Peter divorced his first, visibly East Asian wife and moved on to marry to a Caucasian-looking woman of West Asian descent with whom he had his second son. Clearly, Family #2 was much more to his liking and in pictures he appears much happier with them. Like I said, in the video, he only gets even slightly emotional when realizes Elliot almost murdered them.

      Which is why I need to point out something I recently noticed. In the video posted, Peter says that when Elliot sent him links to all those PUA Hate and MRA sites, he asked his son why he was going to those sites and to stop right away. This directly contradicts what Elliot himself wrote: "When I sent the link of PUAhate.com to my parents, none of them even bothered to look at the posts on there."

      While Elliot remains irredeemable and utterly despicable for his actions, I suspect Peter Rodger genuinely didn't give a shit about his son...which was the main trigger here. Peter was way too casual talking about Elliot's envy of his looks, and per Elliot's manifesto, he didn't get nearly enough of his father's attention. And now that Peter's no longer footing all those bills for Elliot's living expenses and psychiatric treatment, now that that particular train wreck's no longer around his neck, he can move on with his second family while using the infamy of his first family to possibly rebuild his career.

      Just when we thought the Elliot Rodger story couldn't get any more disturbing....

      I bet you this shit will be get turned into a multimillion-dollar film, and this shameless attention whore will direct it his goddamn self. They won't even bother casting the Asian victims; they'll probably just gloss right over them like they did in real life and not a single critic will call them out.

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    2. "I bet you this shit will be get turned into a multimillion-dollar film, and this shameless attention whore will direct it his goddamn self. They won't even bother casting the Asian victims; they'll probably just gloss right over them like they did in real life and not a single critic will call them out."

      Oh, I absolutely believe that there will be a film. They made one about Scott Peterson, after all. Just about painted him a saint before the trail, as if the man didn't kill his pregnant wife and dump her body like trash so he could hook up with his girlfriend (who didn't know at the time that she was really a mistress).

      Maybe if Peter Rodger spent as much time raising his son as he has milking his crimes, we would not be having this conversation.

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    3. *trial, sorry

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  6. They always do this. I notice this in the mass shootings and it's like "oh he was mentally unstable" if he's white. If he's any other color then he's just a "lowlife criminal" and usually something like, "like all the rest of them." The reality is that racism is still big here and people looking from the outside or on the side of the right color line usually don't see it.The more the media spotlights the criminal the more things like this will continue to happen. The problem still resides that most of the movie makers and decision makers in media are white so they'll spin the story however they want to spin it. Really need more minorities to get control of the airwaves and start putting the truth out there and some positive images of other minorities as well.

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  7. Amen to the parents if Elliott's victims who speaks the truth about media and its a crying shame how those three boys are being greater in death.

    Several years ago, there was a report on how media treats POCs vs White missing persons cases.Sadly,a White newspaper reporter from Chicago basically confirmed what the vi ctims parents said...how media put their attention on White people than Blacks and other POCs because they felt that readers would be and tend to be more inclined to be more interested in the White victims.Morbid as it seems unfortunately,the reporter wasn't lying.It also goes to show you how much our lives are valued in White society

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