Psychologist faces backlash over homosexual impulses comment
TV psychologist Dr. Robi Ludwig sparked outrage earlier this week after appearing on Fox News speculating that the UCSB killer, Elliot Rodger, may have been fighting homosexual impulses.
Ludwig’s baseless comments have now seen her fired from one of her commentating gigs.
Coldwell Banker Real Estate, one of the US’s most highest grossing real estate firms, has parted ways with the psychologist who was employed by them as a lifestyle real estate correspondent.
The firm took to Facebook to make their announcement:
“Dr. Robi’s comments on the tragedy in Santa Barbara do not represent the opinions of Coldwell Banker. Therefore at this time we feel it best to part ways with her as our lifestyle real estate correspondent.”
Ludwig had speculated to Fox News anchors that Rodger was angry with men and women and was fighting homosexual impulses.
Ludwig said: 'When I was first listening to him, I was like, "Oh, he’s angry with women for rejecting him. 'And then I started to have a different idea: Is this somebody who is trying to fight against his homosexual impulses?'
Ludwig has since retracted her comment, saying she was misunderstood and had been asked to hypothesise on the killer’s state of mind.
Ludwig suggested her job as a guest was to offer all possible options for the killing spree.
"I in no way meant to indicate being homosexual, or having homosexual impulses, is a cause for spree killing," the psychologist wrote on Instagram. “My job at Justice with Judge Jeanine was to assess several possible triggers for Elliot Rodgers' behaviour. However, I apologise to all those to all of those who felt offended. That was never my intention.”
Currently Ludwig appears as a psychological/lifestyle commentator on CNN and The Today Show.