Local politicians from the city of Toronto are taking a stand and telling controversial “pick up-artist” and blogger Daryush Valizade — who goes by the nickname Roosh V — he is not welcome in their city.
City councilor Norm Kelly and mayor John Tory have both taken to Twitter to encourage the venue hosting Valizade’s lecture to cancel his appearance.
Urging all venue locations in Toronto to deny @rooshv the opportunity to use their space. He and his views are not welcome in Toronto.
— Norm Kelly (@norm) August 10, 2015
Validaze tweeted back to the mayor that he does not promote violence or harassment. However, in the past he has said that rape should be legalized on private property.
“I propose that we make the violent taking of a woman not punishable by law when done off public grounds,” he wrote in February. “Without daddy government to protect her, a girl would absolutely not enter a private room with a man she doesn’t know or trust unless she is absolutely sure she is ready to sleep with him.”
Validaze’s brand of “neomascuinity” is seen by most as sexist at best, and dangerous hate speech at worst.
The location of his lecture on Saturday, the last stop on a six city tour that also included Berlin, London, Washington, New York, and Montreal, is being kept secret until the last minute. According to his website, this is due to “the high risk of mob action by feminists and social justice warriors.” He was confronted in Montreal after his appearance and had beer thrown in his face, but remained unfazed.
“We come to Toronto as righteous victors. We won’t stand down, we won’t apologize,” he wrote.