Roosh V misogynist event not welcome in Halifax, says Mayor Savage

Halifax Mayor Mike Savage has added his voice to the chorus of mayors telling a controversial U.S. misogynist blogger he's not welcome in town for a planned event.

Blog was started in 2012, describes itself as being for heterosexual, 'masculine' men

Daryush Valizadeh, known as "Roosh V," is the founder of controversial website Return of Kings. (Youtube)

Halifax Mayor Mike Savage has added his voice to the chorus of mayors telling a controversial U.S. misogynist blogger his event was not welcome in town.

On Wednesday, Savage tweeted that Daryush (Roosh V) Valizadeh was not welcome in Halifax.

Valizadeh has published material suggesting rape inside a private home should be legal. He has cancelled rallies planned across the globe this weekend, including several in Canadian cities, over safety concerns.

"I can no longer guarantee the safety or privacy of the men who want to attend on Feb. 6, especially since most of the meet-ups can not be made private in time," Roosh V wrote on his blog on Wednesday.

"While I can't stop men who want to continue meeting in private groups, there will be no official Return Of Kings meet-ups."

He apologized to his supporters and a listing of locations has been removed from the website.

The blog was started in 2012 and describes itself as a blog for heterosexual, "masculine" men.

It preaches something he calls "neomasculinity," which supports traditional gender roles — including the beliefs that a woman's value "significantly depends on her fertility and beauty," and that the patriarchy is "a superior societal system that catered to the innate abilities of the sexes."

In his tweet, Savage used the hashtag #TurnAwayReturnOfKings, which was trending in Canada.

Savage joined mayors that included Don Iveson of Edmonton, Naheed Nenshi of Calgary and Ottawa's Jim Watson in slamming the ideology.


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