Return of Kings founder Roosh Valizadeh cancels worldwide meeting following backlash

By @chelean on
Roosh Valizadeh YouTube/Roosh V

The simultaneous worldwide meetings of the “neomasculinist” group Return of Kings have been cancelled following global backlash. Founder Daryush Roosh Valizadeh, who advocates for making rape of women legal if done in private property, can no longer assure the members’ safety in the meetups.

“I can no longer guarantee the safety or privacy of the men who want to attend on February 6, especially since most of the meetups cannot be made private in time. While I can’t stop men who want to continue meeting in private groups, there will be no official Return of Kings meetups. The listing page has been scrubbed of all locations. I apologise to all the supporters who are let down by my decision,” Valizadeh wrote on the group’s official website.

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The self-described “neomasculinists” were supposed to meet on Feb. 6, Saturday, in different locations worldwide, including a few places in Australia. They even devised a secret code to identify fellow members in case “crazy feminists” decided to crash their party. They forbid women, homosexuals and transsexuals in joining the now-cancelled meetings.

When the meetups were reported in the media, the group was bombarded with criticisms worldwide. The group is known for their anti-women sentiments. In its official websites, different male contributors claim younger women are better than their older counterpart, women should not be allowed to vote, fat women are unattractive and those who date them are responsible for increasing obesity rates.

The most controversial piece on the site, however, is Valizadeh’s own article, which advocates the legalisation of rape of women if done in private property. He reasoned out that women should protect themselves as they would protect their personal belongings. If unsavoury events happened to them, the women should consider them learning experiences.

Valizadeh now claimed that the article was a satire.

Worldwide backlash expectedly met the group’s planned meeting, with officials from different countries calling for Valizadeh’s ban in their regions. Australians, in particular, are calling for the founder’s ban in the country. Valizadeh replied by mocking Australia’s border security.

Australian Border Force responded to his jibe with a simple, “Noted.”