The followers of a man who advocates for the legalization of rape on private property were planning an Oklahoma City meetup Saturday, but the event, part of International Meetup Day events planned across the country, was canceled after public backlash, according to posts on the Return of Kings and Roosh V websites.
According to Roosh V's website, tribesmen planned 165 meetings in 43 countries from 8 to 8:20 p.m. Saturday. Roosh V (real name Daryrush Valizadeh) operates the Return of Kings website, which discusses topics like legalizing rape and taking away voting rights for women.
Oklahoma City's meetup was planned at Harkins Theatre 16, located in lower Bricktown at Reno and Oklahoma avenues. From there, they were to use a code phrase to receive directions to a secret meeting location.
A Wednesday post to the Return of Kings and Roosh V websites stated, "I can no longer guarantee the safety or privacy of the men who want to attend on February 6, especially since most of the meetups can not be made private in time. While I cant stop men who want to continue meeting in private groups, there will be no official Return Of Kings meetups. The listing page has been scrubbed of all locations. I apologize to all the supporters who are let down by my decision."
The group bans women, gay and transexual men and men under the age of 21 from attending meetup events. Oklahoma City is the only Oklahoma location listed. Texas, Missouri and Arkansas were scheduled to host meetups.
A Harkins Theatres' local spokesperson said the company had no comment.
The cancellation of International Meetup Day events was a 180-degree change from the language originally used to promote it. The Return of Kings website boasted, "On February 6 at 8PM, readers from over 40 countries will meet in one of the biggest meetups the world has seen. This will be the start of regular meetups that serve men in a way that internet sites do not."