Citing attendees’ safety concerns, Roosh V, the infamous online sex and travel writer who recently wrote that rape should be legal in certain situations, has canceled his organization’s upcoming weekend meetings.
Daryush Valizadeh, 36, who goes by Roosh V, said Wednesday night that hundreds of events scheduled to take place this weekend would not go ahead, the New York Daily News reported.
“I can no longer guarantee the safety or privacy of the men who want to attend on Feb. 6, especially since most of the meetups can not be made private in time,” he wrote on his website Return of Kings, according to the Daily News.
Meetings had been planned in 43 countries, the Guardian reported in a related article, adding that Roosh has now claimed the media misrepresented him, particularly by not realizing that his recent rape blog was “satirical.”
“I can tattoo ‘It was satire!’ on my head but the anger wouldn’t be one decibel softer,” the Guardian quoted an online Roosh post. “The masses think what the media tells them to think."
Facing an intense backlash to the scheduled weekend meetings, on Wednesday night Roosh tweeted “I'm only reading emails from .gov addresses at this point,” the Daily News reported.