In case you forgot who Roosh V was, let me sully your mind with this summary: Roosh is the creator of The Return of Kings, a website that promotes “neo-masculinity”- which just a fancy way of saying a movement based on extreme insecurity and blatant misogyny. Roosh has sparked protests across the world after attempting to share his teachings about neo-masculinity and being a PUA (Pick Up Artist). Roosh received a lot of criticism for attempting meet-ups in Canada, which lead him to disguise himself with a wig while exploring Montreal. A Montreal-woman spotted him and emptied her beer onto his head. I’m not saying she’s Canada’s biggest hero, but I wouldn’t mind seeing her face on our $20 bill.
Roosh’s website is filled with vile content. To spare you from having to click through any of it, and to spare Roosh more reasons to gloat about his recent surge in pageviews, here are some of the most popular articles: “The Equality Movement Is Allowing Women To Tyrannize Men”, “’Rape Culture’ Was Manufactured To Wage An Unjust War Against Men”, “Women Should Not Be Allowed To Vote”, and “The Intellectual Inferiority of Women”. He’s also known for writing about how he thinks rape should be legalized, as long as it’s done on private property. He’s defended himself by calling his comments about rape “satire”, but glancing at his website, his social media, and the definition of satire shows otherwise.
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
Roosh set up multiple secret meetings across the world on Saturday February 6th, 2016. Ten Canadian cities were on the list, including Toronto and Montreal. According to his website’s comments, he assumed there will be more than 20 attendees. The men were supposed to go around the location, asking other straight men (no women and no homosexuals allowed) “Do you know where I can find a petshop?” and their ROK-conspirator would reply “Yes, it’s right here.” Then they were supposed to meet later at a decided location, most likely a bar, to have their meeting.
Roosh planned for push-back from their biggest enemies, which is shown on their FAQ.
Q: What if crazy feminists show up?
A: Record them with your camera, upload the footage to Dropbox, and then send it to me at email@example.com afterwards so we can tear them up. If accosted during the meetup, travel to the final venue in pairs or triplets using an indirect route so the final location is not compromised (make sure you are not followed). While I wouldn’t mind a bit of excitement, there is currently zero chatter online that a single meetup will be disrupted.
I'd like to point out the strange irony of men who follow the words of a sexist, predatory, rape-apologist, are going travel in pairs in order to protect themselves and their reputations. Unfortunately, if Roosh can't understand satire, I'm sure this is also lost on him.
Q: Is there is a danger I could get doxxed from a feminist?
A: The risk is extremely small (it has yet to happen that a reader of mine has been publicly doxxed from commenting or showing up to a meetup or lecture). I also think that men who are scared of feminist actions are underestimating their ability to respond firmly and without fear. Even if a feminist records your face and uploads it to Youtube, the “crime” of standing at a location in public is not enough to have a witch mob come after you that threatens your livelihood.
I don’t think Roosh expected a backlash bigger than a few feminists trying to interrupt their man-meetings. A petition is currently being signed to ban Roosh from entering Canada. The online group Anonymous promised to take down him down, along with his site. Roosh was confident enough to laugh off Anonymous’ threat, but soon started damage control, warning followers that his site could go down and trying to find ways to make the meetings go on. Roosh wrote on The Return of Kings: “Since this meetup was never intended as a confrontation with unattractive women and their enablers, I’m moving to save as many of these meetups as I can before Saturday so that men can still meet in private away from a loud, obnoxious, dishonest, and potentially violent mob.”
— Anonymous (@YourAnonCentral) February 3, 2016
He also tried to release a list of “extremists who want to censor speech in Canada” (even though, as we’ve stated before, protesting against hate-speech isn’t illegal), but the list has been taken down. Finally, Roosh announced the meetings have been officially cancelled. We can only hope his loyal followers don't continue on without their leader.
Don’t dismiss this incident as 15 minutes of fame for a raging misogynist. Roosh has a lot of influence, and pretending like it’s a joke just makes it acceptable for Roosh and his followers to promote hatred. If we give this a shrug, we’re also shrugging at predatory behaviour in the dating scene, sexual assault, and other aspects of sexism that people deal with every day. Ignore the criticisms that we are letting him win by giving him attention, and if we'd be better off ignoring him. Sure, it gives him numbers, but it also shines a spotlight on him and his supporters. We need to question why he has thousands of followers and how he was able to arrange so many meetings. They can’t all be reading him for a good laugh. I doubt that the meetings are really cancelled – they're just on hold.