Under the garb of men’s rights activism, Daryush “Roosh V” Valizadeh, founder of the website –Return of Kings- announced that he would cancel his ‘international tribal meet up’ fearing the safety and threat to privacy of the men who wish to attend. However he said, “I can’t stop men who want to continue meeting in private groups.”
Mr. Valizadeh had elaborate plans of holding 165 events in 43 countries on Saturday. Ever since this announcement was made on his Facebook page and the website, it has drawn serious criticism from people all around the world. It is worth noting that Mr. Valizadeh authored a blog post last year, which stated that the “solution” to the problem of rape in the United States was to decriminalize “the violent taking of a woman” on private property. He further justified his views by adding, “By attempting to teach men not to rape, what we have done is teach women not to care about being raped, not to protect themselves from easily preventable acts, and not to take responsibility for their actions.”
He later retracted from his views, probably to save him from immense ridicule and criticism that followed and claimed that it was a satire that should be taken in good humor.
After the announcement of his ‘International Tribal meet-up’, many people decided to plan counter-protest events at various sites in the world. The hacker collective, Anonymous claimed to have taken down the website.
The event also drew flak from many lawmakers and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said “I’ve spent much of my career protecting women from such vile and heinous acts, and it won’t be any different on my watch as governor.”