Inexorable descent into hate crime folly in the case of Blaze Bernstein’s “Meme Killing.”

 

From my post on Monday concerning the arrest of Samuel Lincoln Woodward for the murder of Blaze Bernstein, several comments touched on a nefarious motive.

 

Here and here.

 

It was obvious this case was headed toward the mighty moniker of “hate crime” by virtue of the circumstances detailed. I cynically toyed with that possibility in my comment on Monday. From E. Rekshun’s link to an L.A. Times story yesterday in which Berstein’s family hinted this might be a hate crime, to this story from Forward which further implicates Woodward’s alleged extremism and alienation.

 

 

Woodward is accused of stabbing Bernstein over 20 times before burying his body in a shallow grave in a local park. Authorities are being tight-lipped about the murder, which carries a possible sentence of 26 years to life in prison.

 

 

Yes, very tight-lipped. As in “this can escalate very quickly if people learn what happened.”

 

 

 

Woodward knew Bernstein from the Orange County School of the Arts, which Woodward attended until tenth grade. Former teachers and classmates have described the accused killer as unusual and something of a social outcast.

 

One person who attended OCSA with Woodward said he was an outspoken right-winger who loved the violent video game “Call of Duty” and combed his hair with a comb shaped like a butterfly knife. The person described Woodward as one of his “closest friends” in middle school.

 

“I feel like the majority of people didn’t give him a chance to see who he is,” the person said in a Facebook message. “They all …. chose to make him feel like an outcast.”

 

The person remembered how Woodward had once performed an expressive dance at a talent show that he choreographed himself.

 

“I became his friend… [w]hen no one was looking,” the person said. “Sure he might of had some friends..who knows..but I feel like one person isn’t enough to nurture. As they say, [i]t takes a village to raise one person.”

 

 

 

Are you getting the picture?

 

Woodward is being typified as a villainous Hollywood trope, the outsider, the dark brooding fellow with hate and murder in his heart. And of course, it is balanced out by the bleeding heart, DNC-type speaking in condescending platitudes.

 

 

 

“I can’t remember a single joke or a single light-hearted moment from him,” Philip Schwadron, a teacher at OCSA who taught Woodward acting in 10th grade, told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

 

“I never thought I was looking into the 15-year-old eyes of a killer,” Schwadron added.

 

According to details from an affidavit published in the Orange County Register, Woodward killed Bernstein after Bernstein tried to kiss him on January 3.

 

 

 

And therein lies the motive.

 

The two men were out late in a deserted park and Bernstein decided to kiss Woodward.  Sounds to me like both men were there of their own accord. As to why Woodward would allow the situation to arise is the great question of this case and the motivation which will give it legs (or not).

 

 

[Orange County DA Tony]Rackauckas remained mum about Woodward’s relationship with Bernstein. He declined to answer questions about Woodward’s interactions with police, his possible motive for the killing and if the killing is being treated as a possible hate crime.

 

In a statement given earlier this week, Bernstein’s parents, Gideon Bernstein and Jeanne Pepper, expressed their support for their son’s gay identity.

 

“We were proud of everything he did and who he was,” the statement read. “He had nothing to hide.”

 

 

 

Set up the saintly gay victim narrative immediately. The flood of homosexual anguish is coming, one augmented with a good dose of Jewish antipathy, as well.

 

And if they can pin the alt-right label on Woodward, all the better. Some suspects are so easy to paint into corners in today’s mainstream, PC dialogue. People desire to believe the ire of their focus can be attributed to the Cult of Trump in any way possible. It assuages their timidity.

 

 

 

Evidence has also emerged online that Woodward took his provocative views — he once wrote online that a new skill he wanted to learn was “waterboarding” — to the internet. Commenters on the forum sites Reddit and 4Chan, as well as posters on the meme-focused social media platform iFunny.co, have suggested that he was behind an account known as “Saboteur.”

 

 

Samuel Lincoln Woodward, sporting his “triggering” hair-do…

 

 

 

One commenter on the forum site 4Chan, notorious for generating racist and anti-Semitic memes, responded to a picture of Woodward being led to the police station: “That haircut doesn’t look to good for us.”

 

Comments on iFunny.co suggest that his original content — including memes and political diatribes — has been removed from the site.

 

The iFunny.co app and website have seen an explosion of memes with Woodward’s face, referring to him as Saboteur and “sab.” The word saboteur is common on internet forums frequented by far-right users. It is an internet term-of-art for a traitor, especially for a white person who rejects white nationalist views.

 

The memes appear to claim Woodward as one of the site’s own, making light of his murder charges and praising him for getting his face in the paper. Some posts, however, have addressed the issue directly in an attempt to generate a discussion on the site about how people can become “radicalized” through exposure to online meme culture.

 

 

 

Exposure to “online meme culture” can never be good, right? Not when we’re trying to run an orderly, socially responsible, left-wing post-Obama society.  The purge has begun.

 

Perhaps the media and victim society will begin characterizing this as the Meme Killing as the case becomes widely discussed in popular discussion.

 

 

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