TORONTO - Roosh V. is back but Mayor John Tory says he’s not welcome in Toronto.
The notorious American pick-up artist — who ruffled feathers during a
tour stop in Toronto last summer to promote “neomasculinity” —
announced on his blog that Hogtown will be among the 10 Canadian cities
hosting local “rape should be legal” meetups on Feb. 6.
Toronto’s “tribal meeting” for only heterosexual men will take place at 8 p.m. at Queen’s Park near the Edward VII statue.
“The media in Canada, Iceland, and the United Kingdom have also put
out defamatory reports about the meetup that falsely claim it’s a ‘rape’
gathering where we will strategize on how to rape women,” said Roosh V,
whose real name is Daryush Valizadeh, on his website. “Not a single
meetup will be cancelled. We will not be intimidated by the actions of
the lying media and leftist political establishment.”
According to Valizadeh’s website,
there are 165 meetings in 43 countries slated for Feb. 6. Hosts will
wait until 8:20 p.m. sharp at the meeting point before “moving on to the
It isn’t clear if Valizadeh will attend Toronto’s meeting. The 36-year-old could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.
Tory’s office said Valizadeh’s views don’t “reflect the values of
Toronto and his statements about women are demeaning and unacceptable.”
“While free speech is the law in this country, promoting violence
against women is wrong,” the mayor’s spokesman, Keerthana Kamalavasan,
said, adding the mayor’s views have not changed since Valizadeh’s last
visit to Toronto in August.
“Roosh V and his hate speech have no place in our city and should have no platform here either.”
Toronto Police spokesman Mark Pugash said the event “is on our radar.”
Valizadeh has sparked controversy online with posts like “How To Stop
Rape,” in which he suggests legalizing rape on private property, and
that feminism has left a legacy of weaker, more androgynous men, and
that men should seek out women with eating disorders.
“It’s mostly an attention-getting thing ... so he can stay in the
media,” feminist Anne Theriault said. “At the same time, events like
this are intimidation tactics and should be taken seriously because
women deserve to live in a city where people don’t have open public
meetings about how rape should be legal.”
This isn’t Roosh V.’s first Canadian controversy:
* On Aug. 15, 2015, protesters met at Queen’s Park to shun Roosh V. hours before he was scheduled to speak at a secret event.
The Toronto Sun couldn’t confirm whether the event had actually taken
place and whether Roosh V. — or Daryush Valizadeh – had spoken at it.
However, he did tweet out a picture of himself at a Mississauga venue,
holding the Saturday edition of a Toronto newspaper with several people
behind him, their faces all blacked out with the message “Back to back
victory. We won in Montreal and we won in Toronto. We will not be
silenced.” He said he delivered his speech to 56 people.
* A petition against him at the time collected more than 43,000 signatures.
* Valizadeh’s views include legalizing rape on private property.
“Less women will be raped because they won’t voluntarily drug themselves
with booze and follow a strange man into a bedroom, and less men will
be unfairly jailed for what was anything but a maniacal alley rape,” one
of his posts reads. He also has implied gay men have become a public
health threat and gay marriage is destroying the American family.
* In the meetings FAQ page, Valizadeh says he’s prepared for
protesting feminists. “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,” he writes.
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