Daryush “Roosh V” Valizadeh has caught the attention of social media users around the world following reports about his controversial campaign advocating for men’s rights and the legalization of rape.
For those who haven’t heard of the self-proclaimed “King of Masculinity,” Valizadeh is fighting to legalize rape in at least 43 countries and he’s pushed the misogynistic envelope with the scheduling of a series of “tribal meetings” in 45 different countries around the world. Valizadeh began making headlines when his perspective of rape on private property sparked a massive debate about the legalization of rape in any form.
Rape-advocates cancel event over 'safety' fears. Women live in daily fear for their safety bc of men like them. https://t.co/lAEHZqCQ9I— Sisters Uncut (@SistersUncut) February 4, 2016
His controversial perception of women has also caused an uproar because he believes women are invaluable to society. In fact, he’s caused such a stir, he’s now receiving backlash from those who find his views highly disturbing and offensive.
According to the Daily Mail, Valizadeh recently contacted local police due to a series of death threats he reportedly received but when Montgomery County authorities arrived at his home, reporters had the opportunity to see a different side to the “King of Masculinity.”
Apparently, he isn’t exactly the king of his castle because there’s actually a queen who the residence belongs to: his mother. When officers arrived, a concerned Valizadeh answered the door to his mother’s home where he lives in the basement. He reportedly informed officers about the death threats he’s received and even played voicemail messages that included threats of bodily harm. One of the messages reportedly said, “‘We will kill you if you come to our city’ and others were filled with vitriol,” according to Valizadeh.
I've been advised to leave the entire DC area immediately.— Roosh (@rooshv) February 5, 2016
Due to all of the death threats Valizadeh has received, he’s opted to cancel all of his neo-masculinist “tribal meetings.” However, death threats aren’t the only reasons for the cancellations. According to The Guardian, Home Office minister Sarah Champion MP also took action against Valizadeh’s group, Return of Kings, with demands that were directed toward Theresa May. Champion argued that the group’s demands be categorized as hate crimes against women.
“Rape of women has increased by 41% in the last year. I’m appalled that the government are sitting idly by whilst a group who believe women are pieces of meat without any rights are allowed to spread their poisonous ideology in the UK,” she said. “As far as I’m concerned Return of Kings are encouraging violence against women and girls. This should be viewed as a hate crime and the government and police should use our existing laws to deal with it swiftly to show we won’t accept anyone promoting abuse.”
Daryush 'Roosh V' Valizadeh cancels neo-masculinist meetings over safety https://t.co/HfS48ZavXs— The Guardian (@guardian) February 4, 2016
However, that’s not all. Numerous online petitions have also been signed by residents in different regions where tribal meetings were scheduled. Some petitioners who have expressed disapproval of his actions have even asked for him to banned from many places. But, of course, Valizadeh has an explanation for the backlash he’s facing.
In February of 2015, Valizadeh alleged that he’d been “misrepresented by the media,” according to The Guardian. In fact, he also claimed the highly controversial blog post, “How To Stop Rape,” was satire and serves as a misrepresentation of his personal beliefs and that of his group. Valizadeh believes the alleged blog post has been misconstrued, dissected, and embellished by the media to stir controversy about his perspective of rape on private property.
I'll state once again: the "How To Stop Rape" article was satire. Neither me or my supporters want rape to be legalized. The media is lying.— Roosh (@rooshv) February 3, 2016
Regardless of whether or not the blog post was satirical, Valizadeh has angered an overwhelming number of people all over the world and now he fears for his life. At this point, there is no further information about the tribal meetings or if any of them will be rescheduled.
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