A worldwide meet-up of men’s rights activists promoting “legal rape” was canceled because the group’s leader feared for their safety.
Daryush Valizadeh, the face behind the misogynistic website Return of the Kings, canceled the group’s meetings scheduled for Feb. 6 in 43 countries because he felt that he could “no longer guarantee the safety” of those in attendance.
“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,” Valizadeh wrote in a post. “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.”
Ironically, the pro-rape group didn’t feel safe enough to conduct their anti-woman, anti-gay meeting after receiving word of protests and political backlash.
Australia’s Immigration Minister Peter Dutton suggested canceling Valizadeh’s visa application.
"Australia doesn't welcome people to our country who disrespect women," Dutton said.
"The department in the past has made decisions to cancel visas of people that advocate violence, particularly against women."
Australia’s former sex discrimination commissioner Elizabeth Broderick also condemned the visit, tweeting out that the RoK’s views have “no place in Australia.”
A Change.org petition challenging the group’s support for violence against women received over 100,000 signatures and claimed victory over the recent news development.
The group’s agenda includes harassing feminists online and advocating to make “rape legal if done on private property.” Yet in a twisted sense of logic, these privileged men are now wailing in fear because they ludicrously believe they don’t have a safe enough space to discuss sexually assaulting women. Oh, the irony.
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