Roosh V: making my skin crawl since 2012.
Vancouver’s mayor has condemned a notorious neomasculine website for a meetup scheduled in Vancouver this Saturday (February 6).
In a tweet sent out today from the mayor’s office, Mayor Gregor Robertson is quoted as saying the values espoused by the website Return of Kings and its publisher Roosh V have no place in the city.
“Vancouver is known throughout the world for our steadfast commitment to inclusion, equality, and freedom from discrimination and hatred,” read the statement. “We strive for all residents to feel safe regardless of their gender, sexuality, faith, or ethnicity – and the violent and hateful positions spread by this organization are about as far apart from Vancouver’s values as I can imagine.”
Mayor Robertson joins the mayors of Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, and Edmonton in his condemnation.
Designated “International ROK Meetup Day”, the website (“a blog for heterosexual, masculine men”) is encouraging its readers to gather in dozens of cities across the globe and…well, I don’t know what they’re planning on doing. Maybe beat on a woman-shaped pinata? Do a thousand burpees while complaining about “fucking bitches”? Swap fake stories about how alpha they are? All I know is that attendees are encouraged to shoot video of any “crazy feminists” who show up, then send Roosh the video later so he can harass and humiliate said feminists.
Born Daryush Valizadeh, Roosh V is widely known in feminist circles for his unbridled misogyny, his guides for how to pick up women, and his belief that rape would be eliminated if only we legalized rape on private property. (Not even a joke. Sample passage: “Without daddy government to protect her, a girl would absolutely not enter a private room with a man she doesn’t know or trust unless she is absolutely sure she is ready to sleep with him.”)
This is hardly the first time that 36-year-old Valizadeh has come under fire. Last year, over 200,000 people signed an online petition asking Amazon to stop selling his books, which include titles such as “Bang Denmark” and “Bang Estonia”. There are also calls to ban Valizadeh from being allowed to enter the U.K. and Australia.
The Vancouver meetup is scheduled to begin on the south side of the Vancouver Art Gallery on February 6 at 8 p.m. True to form, you must employ a clandestine catchphrase to let your fellow misogynists know who you are. (Again, I am not making this up. If anyone asks you, “Do you know where I can find a pet shop?”, answer “Yes, it’s right here.”) From there, this charming group of potential rapists will probably end up roaming the Granville strip in a pathetic attempt to convince “fucking bitches” to touch their presumably diseased penises. So, avoid the Roxy extra hard that night.
Also, the Return of Kings website is entirely run on Flash so you know they are the absolute worst kind of people.