It looks like the kings won’t be returning anytime soon.
The “pro-rape” group Return of Kings made the decision to cancel a series of meetups around the globe planned for Saturday, including 10 in Canada, because of safety concerns, according to a statement on their website.
“I can no longer guarantee the safety or privacy of the men who want to attend on February 6,” Roosh V., whose real name is Daryush Valizadeh, wrote on the website Wednesday night.
“While I can’t stop men who want to continue meeting in private groups, there will be no official Return Of Kings meetups.”
The website described Saturday’s meetings as “tribal gatherings,” reserved strictly for heterosexual “masculine men to bond and converse.” According to the website, 165 meetings were planned in 43 countries.
Backlash against the meetings started almost immediately after they were announced. Many mayors of Canadian cities spoke out against Valizadeh and the group.
The Tories have called for Immigration minister John McCallum to ban Valizadeh from Canada.
“His message is completely counter to Canadian values of gender equality and support for women’s rights,” MP Michelle Rempel wrote in a statement on Wednesday.
With files from Global News’ Steve Morales.