#ReturnofKings global event generates heated debate online – but what is it?
A social media storm is gathering around the first ‘International Tribal Meetup Day’ due to take place on February 6, with the #ReturnofKings hashtag being tweeted and retweeted thousands of times to highlight – and protest – the event. But what is it?
The event is the brainchild of American blogger, author and ‘Return of Kings’ creator, Daryush Valkizadeh aka Roosh. He first sparked controversy with a blog post apparently campaigning for the legalization of rape on private property.
The 36-year-old later claimed that his ‘How to Stop Rape’ post was satirical:
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
I can tattoo "It was satire!" on my head but the anger wouldn't be one decibel softer. The masses think what the media tells them to think.— Roosh (@rooshv) February 3, 2016
You can see where confusion arose: the article argues to “[M]ake rape legal if done on private property”.
“I propose that we make the violent taking of a woman not punishable by law when done off public grounds,” it continues. “Consent is now achieved when she passes underneath the room’s door frame, because she knows that that man can legally do anything he wants to her when it comes to sex”.
Despite the author’s claims that the post was satirical, other questionable articles featured on his blog include: ‘How to avoid a false rape accusation’, ‘Do not have sex with feminists’, and ‘Women must have their behavior and decisions controlled by men’.
According to a list of “community beliefs” posted to the Return of Kings site: “[a] woman’s value significantly depends on her fertility and beauty. A man’s value significantly depends on his resources, intellect, and character.”
Inspired by the interest his site generated, Valkizadeh and his followers formed a “tribe” and are now organizing bi-weekly meetings for their “man club” – the first of which falls on February 6.
The International Tribal Meetup is open exclusively to hetrosexual men. If a “pretty girl” shows up, the attendees are told to “get her number and then tell her to buzz off”. If “crazy feminists show up”, they are advised to record them so afterward “we can tear them up”.
There are currently 165 meetings scheduled to take place on Saturday across 43 countries, with numerous local outdoor landmarks chosen as the 8:00pm meeting points. Attendees are to locate their fellow tribesmen by asking: “Do you know where I can find a pet shop?”
Valkizadeh has decided to make several of the meetings private because of the growing number of protests being organized against them.
As details of the meetings are being spread online, an increasing number of protests are being planned around the world in reaction to the Tribe’s ‘beliefs’.
I've received more threats from Glasgow than anywhere else combined. Is it some kind of convict resettlement zone? https://t.co/eoEq8CkqXc— Roosh (@rooshv) February 3, 2016
Today I have written to the Home Secretary regarding Roosh V pic.twitter.com/DeKJWT4MHS— Chris Stephens MP (@ChrisStephens) February 2, 2016
Iceland: In Reykjavik, over 500 people are planning to attend a protest against the meetings.
Ireland: Over 200 are scheduled to swarm the meeting planned for Naas, Co Kildare in Ireland.
Valkizadeh insists that the planned meetups “will not be cancelled” despite the growing backlash, saying: “Even if I were to cancel right now, the mob would be empowered to attack even harder.”