'Pro-rape' pick-up artist may rally his supporters to meet in Singapore

Women in Singapore, you would probably want to avoid Fort Canning Park this Saturday (Feb 6) -- just to be safe.

You might have heard about Julien Blanc, a controversial pick-up artist who originally intended to head to Singapore on a 'world tour' in Nov 2014.

This year, there is a bigger cockroach to stomp on (pun intended) -- Daryush Valizadeh or Roosh V as he goes by.

Roosh V is a self-published author who has apparently produced 15 books on how to pick up women and lure them into sex.

He also describes himself as a 'neomasculinist' who has an 'anti-feminist' website, which focuses on the plight of being a "real man" in today's harsh society overpowered by women.

His blog post on Feb 2015 on 'How To Stop Rape' went viral previously, as his solution for rape culture was to "make rape legal if done on private property".

He wrote, "I propose that we make the violent taking of a woman not punishable by law when done off public grounds."

The 36 year-old from Maryland argued that a women who consented to go into a man’s house, had consented to sex.

The 'pro-rape' pick-up artist also writes posts like 'Women Must Have Their Behavior And Decisions Controlled By Men' and '10 Reasons Why Heterosexual Men Should Leave America' -- one reason being that they can have sex with 'skinnier women'.

His blog focuses on the dominance of heterosexual men, and women and homosexuals are "strongly discouraged" from posting comments on the blog.

Readers from more than 40 countries were asked to meet up on 'International Meetup Day' on Feb 6, and Roosh V posted a list of locations for his followers to meet.

He is apparently not personally heading to Singapore, but the Singapore meet-up location for his 'disciples' was listed as Fort Canning Park at 8pm local time.

Meet-up instructions were:

"To identify your fellow tribesmen, ask the following question to a man you suspect is there for the meetup: 'Do you know where I can find a pet shop?'

"If you are asked this question, answer in the affirmative: 'Yes, it’s right here.'

"You can then introduce yourself and get details about where to proceed at 8:20. If you ask someone for the pet shop and they appear confused or actually try to direct you to a real pet shop, they’re not there for the meetup." 

Girls might want to avoid wandering alone there on Saturday -- better to be safe than sorry.

His meetings have already met with response from many countries like Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada.

Distractify reported that Roosh V planned to head to Australia to hold tribal meetings to help men get back in touch with their "manly" roots.

However, Australian immigration minister, Peter Dutton, supposedly heard about it and had his visa revoked.

He tweeted a response to his visa being revoked, "I will sneak in to your country, hold my meetings, laugh, and then slip out. Your gay authorities won't stop me." 

The NSW police in Australia said in an interview with Business Insider that they'll be keeping an eye on the "tribal gatherings" for any funny business.

According to The Independent, while Roosh is also not expected to attend any of the meetings in UK, more than 40,000 signatures have already been collected to ban his followers from meeting. 

They are calling the Scottish Government to stop Roosh V’s meetings in Edinburgh and Glasgow from taking place.

Canadian blogger Kaagazkalam warned that the group is generally hostile towards men of colour.

He wrote: "Even though the website says the meeting is for straight men of all races, the Roosh V following has also been known to be very racist and xenophobic."

Kaagazkalam warned that attending the meet-ups will be dangerous:

"If you are a woman, DO NOT GO. If you are a gay man, DO NOT GO. If you are a trans man, DO NOT GO. Your safety is at risk. Roosh V has made it very apparent that your presence might be met with violence."

He added that he will be filing a report with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and advised readers to do the same in their own countries.

Several protests and petitions have also sprung up in the United States, with one urging US President Barack Obama to classify Roosh's group 'Return of Kings' as a terrorist group intent on terrifying women.

After facing International media attention, Roosh V later claimed that his controversial blog post pushing to legalise rape was 'satirical', reports AsiaOne. He blames the media for taking it out of context.

According to the latest post on Roosh's website, he has apparently cancelled the International meetups as he can "no longer guarantee the safety or privacy of the men who want to attend" -- ironically.

Some netizens however, speculate that it was a ploy to bring the thing underground by pretending they were cancelled.

Singapore men who were thinking of heading to the meet-up may want to know what 'Return of Kings' thinks of you.

In a post titled 'Singapore’s Society Promotes The Decline Of The Modern Man', the writer Justin Puck wrote:

"For Singaporean men, the decades of safety and comfort have produced outwardly apprehensive, barely masculine men whose umbilical cords are never completely cut."

The petition against Roosh V and his followers in Singapore can be found here.