'Make Rape Legal' Events Canceled: Men's Rights Activist Roosh Calls Off Controversial Worldwide Meetings

Nathan Francis

The so-called "make rape legal" events planned by controversial men's rights activist Roosh V have been canceled amid a worldwide backlash.

The internet-famous pickup artist known as Daryush "Roosh V" Valizadeh had announced the events, which were supposed to take place on Saturday across 43 different countries. The so-called "tribal meetings" were organized through the Return of Kings website, a haven for men's rights activists and anti-feminists.

Roosh V told other like-minded men to "come out of the shadows and not have to hide behind a computer screen for fear of retaliation." But the "make rape legal" events were also shrouded in secrecy, with Roosh V telling participants to go to a public area where the meetings were being held and ask, "Do you know where I can find a pet shop?"

— Roosh (@rooshv) February 1, 2016

— Roosh (@rooshv) February 3, 2016

The cancellation of the so-called "make rape legal" events came as a sharp change from the initial announcement, when Roosh V vowed not to let critics bring down the event.

On RooshV, he wrote the following.

"I have created a private Central Command for meetup hosts and other trusted insiders to device protocols that allow all meetups on Saturday to proceed as planned. I will publish protocols for meetup attendees here by Thursday. Not a single meetup will be cancelled. We will not be intimidated by the actions of the lying media and leftist political establishment. If you are a host, check your email for further information."
"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 can not 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 apologize to all the supporters who are let down by my decision."

— Roosh (@rooshv) February 3, 2016

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