Update: the “official” meet-ups have been cancelled out of fear of harrassment, because Roosh’s sense of irony is about as deep as his humanity. However, chances are the meet-ups will still continue without being under the ReturnofKings banner, so stay careful!
Literal piece of human garbage* “Roosh V” (aka Daryush Valizadeh) has put out a call to his followers and readers of “men’s rights” website ReturnofKings.com (it’s a DoNotLink, but click at the peril of your own eyeballs and brain). These charmingly trilby-clad men—and you better believe this is a men-only venture—will be gathering to take in the breeze, “make new friends,” and brainstorm ideas to legalize rape. I repeat, these are rallies to legalize the widespread rape of women. If you live in a big city and pass by a public park around 8pm on February 6, you may suddenly feel the irresistible pull of pick-up-artist magic, as these men struggle with their overwhelming hatred and resentment of women, men with feelings, the LGBTQ community, etc. etc. Steer clear of any straggling groups of lonely, awkward men shuffling their feet—you may quickly be sucked into their brilliant and persuasive line of arguing that rape should be legal, or that mass murderers like Elliott Rodger were killing because they had been spurned by women one too many times. (According to Roosh, “having game” is an important key to staving off murder.)
The mastermind has this to say about his series of play-dates (from DNAinfo.com):
“Though he says his fans have ‘normal friendships,’ he believes his followers may struggle to have real-life, dependable relationships.
By meeting in person, the men can more strongly connect and bond, as well as reaffirm their beliefs about ‘the enemy’ — more specifically, the women they are trying to ‘pick up.’
‘Up to now, the enemy has been able to exert their power by isolating us and attacking with shrieking mobs, but we’ll be able to neutralize that tactic by amassing in high numbers come February 6,’ Roosh wrote. ‘I will exact furious retribution upon anyone who challenges you in public on that date.'”
Feminist witches, I call upon you to hex these men and their disgusting aims (from a safe distance, of course). No but seriously, stay away from them and stay safe.
*This is not quite fair to garbage, I guess. Garbage may have a useful life ahead of it, through recycling or reuse.
From the Roosh V forum – Instructions and Locations for Meetups:
We will have 165 meetings in 43 countries for our international meetup day on February 6, 2016 at 8PM local time. Hosts have been instructed to wait at the meeting point from 8:00-8:20pm before moving on to the final location. If you arrive at the meeting point at 8:21pm, you will miss the meetup. Arriving on time within the window is absolutely paramount.
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.
UPDATE: If a meetup location has been replaced with an email address or two, you must follow the protocol detailed here.
Here is the final list of all meeting points:
- Birmingham – In front of Ohenry’s coffee shop, downtown Homewood (not the Brookwood Mall Ohenry’s)
- Anchorage – Elderberry Park, near the Oscar Anderson House, a museum. Meet by the chairs and table. Address: 1297 West Fifth Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska 99501.
- Phoenix – Meet in front of main entrance of tallest building of Phoenix Plaza (Qwest Tower).
- Tucson – Arizona Historical Society (949 E 2nd St, Tucson, AZ 85719). Meet at statue near corner of N Park Ave and E 2nd St. Image.
- Little Rock – email@example.com
- Long Beach – Parking lot of Glory Days Sports Bar, Carson Blvd and Woodruff Ave.
- Los Angeles – L.A. Live in front of Starbucks entrance. Address: 800 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
- Newport Beach – The outdoor fountain directly in front of Macy’s department store at Fashion Island. Image.
- Orange County – The fountain in front of the Ferris wheel at the Irvine Spectrum Mall.
- Palm Springs – Fountain at Mercado Plaza (Palm Canyon Drive)
- Redwood City – Parking lot of IHOP. Address: 491 Veterans Blvd, Redwood City, CA 94063
- Roseville – Royer Park (the large park on Douglas Blvd), next to the gatling gun statue. Image.
- San Diego – Corner of 16th & Broadway, in parking lot of the Goodwill
- San Diego (North) – The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch. Meet in front of The Baked Bear Shop.
- San Francisco – Balboa Park Bart station, by the arched exit. Image.
- San Leandro – Northwest corner of the intersection of E. 14th St. and Estudillo Av. Meet at the public fountain.
- Santa Barbara – Steps of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, located on the corner of State Street and Anapamu Street in downtown Santa Barbara
- Sherman Oaks – Sherman Oaks Galleria, between the fountain and Cheesecake Factory entrance. Image. Address: 15301 Ventura Blvd.
- Boulder – North Boulder Park, beside the shelter. Image.
- Denver – 19th Ave and Gilpin Street, on the south side of Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center. Image.
- New Haven – World War I Memorial, beside flagpole
- Stamford – In the little square on the corner of Franklin St and Broad St. Image.
- Orlando – The Red Chinese Tang pavilion at Lake Eola, beside red pagoda.
- Tampa – Curtis Hixon Park, between fountains and grass. Image.
- West Palm Beach – Clematis Street Fountains, on the side of North Clematis street
- Athens – The Arch at the University of Georgia
- Atlanta – Piedmont Park, corner of 10th street and Charles Allen Dr by the sign.Image.
- Honolulu – Pearl Ridge Downtown, underneath globe sign. Image. Address: 98 – 1005 Moanalua Rd, Aiea, HI 96701
- Boise – Idaho State Capital Building, 700 W Jefferson St, Boise, ID 83702. Met by the statue of Abraham Lincoln.
- Chicago – Rogers Park, beside the flagpole. Image. Google Map.
- Chicago (Homewood) – Parking lot of Balagio’s. Address: 17501 Dixie Hwy, Hazel Crest, IL 60430.
- Cedar Rapids – In Sokol Park beside the gazebo. 16th Ave SW
- Des Moines – Parking lot of the VA Hospital beside pictured tree. Image. Address: 3600 30th St. Des Moines, IA. 50310
- New Orleans – Magazine Street and Lawrence Square, besides the big tree, across the street from 4318 Magazine Street. Image.
- Bangor – Bangor Public Library, in front of main entrance below the stairs (145 Harlow St)
- Annapolis – Downtown/Historic Annapolis Harbor, Main Street, by the Kunte Kinte memorial statue. Image.
- Baltimore – In front of Cross Street Market entrance in Federal Hill
- Boston (North End) – Paul Revere Statue in Paul Revere Mall
- Ann-Arbor – Nickel’s Arcade in downtown Ann Arbor. Meet at the center column near the entrance off State Street.
- Lansing – Lansing River Trail, top of the fish ladder steps. Image.
- Macomb County/Clinton Township – The Mall at Partridge Creek. Meet in front of the fountain between Brio Tuscan Grille and P.F. Chang’s. Address: 17420 Hall Rd, Charter Twp of Clinton, MI 48038
- Rochester Hills – Elizabeth Park, beside center bush. Image.
- Duluth – Leif Erickson Park by the stage. Address: 12th Ave E & London Road, Duluth, MN 55802
- Kansas City – North side of the World War 1 Museum, on sidewalk directly above monument. Image.
- Las Vegas – Beside Vegas Vic neon sign on the old strip.
- Portsmouth – In front of main entrance of The North Church. 2 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801
- Atlantic City – On the Boardwalk in front of main Taj Mahal entrance
- Hoboken – In front of Mulligans Pub underneath the canopy. Address: 159 1st St.
- Albuquerque – East side of University Of New Mexico Bookstore. Address: 2301 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106. Image.
- New York – St. Catherine’s Park, next to the spiral kids slide. 1245 1st Ave between 67th and 68th st
- New York – Washington Square Park under the arch
- Rochester – Eastman School of Music, Kilbourn Hall (26 Gibbs St, Rochester, NY 14604), Meet at intersection at Gibbs and Main, where the concert hall entrance is.Image.
- Syracuse – Columbus Circle, next to the statue. Address: East Onondaga Street, Syracuse, NY 13202
- Charlotte – Romare Bearden Park. Meet by the benches behind the gazebo-like structure on the corner of W Martin Luther King and Church St. Image.
- Wilmington – Riverfront Park, across the river from USS North Carolina, beside map kiosk. Image.
- Cincinnati – I-75 and Sharon road has a large parking lot with a grass field next to a Speedway Gas Station. Meet on the grass.
- Oklahoma City – In front of Harkins Theater at 150 E Reno Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73104. Image.
- Harrisburg – Steps of Capitol on the west side. Image.
- Philadelphia – Washington Square Park, between 5th and 6th St right off Walnut Street (it is the size of a city block). Meet specifically by the memorial to the Revolutionary War Soldiers eternal flame.
- Anderson – The Carolina Wren Park located downtown at 111 E. Whitner St. 29621 in the Pavilion. Meet beside the fountain.
- Camden – King Haigler Tower, main entrance. Image. Address: 950 Broad Street, Camden SC 29020
- Chattanooga – In front of Dollar General. Image. Address: 5952 E. Brainerd Road
- Mount Juliet – Parking lot in front of entrance to Big Star Cigar Lounge. Address: 3384 N Mt. Juliet Road, Suite 1100, Mount Juliet, TN 37122
- Nashsville (North) – In front of Baileys in Rivergate Plaza Shopping Mall
- Austin – Palm Park by the stone structure. Image. Address: 711 East 3rd Street, Austin, TX 78701
- Dallas – Meet at the old school phone booth In front of British Beverage Company (BBC). Address:
2800 Routh St, Dallas, TX 75201″
- Denton – Denton Square, beside the little arch. Image. Address: 110 W Hickory St, Denton, TX 76201.
- El Paso – 301 W Missouri Ave, El Paso, TX 79901. Meet on corner next to statue of man. Image.
- Houston – Near the arch of the Sam Houston Monument, adjacent to Houston Museum of Natural Science (5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030)
- Nederland – firstname.lastname@example.org
- San Antonio – In front of main door of the Alamo
- Provo – Provo City Center Temple on the corner of University Avenue and Center Street. Meet at circle pathway in front of main entrance.
- Salt Lake City – Salt Lake City Library, at the top of the amphitheater. Address: 210 E 400 S. Image.
- Charlottesville – Lee Park, beside the statue of Lee
- Virginia Beach – Mt. Trashmore, at bottom of stairs. Image. Address: 310 Edwin Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23462
- Everett – Clark Park, next to the gazebo. Address: 2400 Lombard Avenue, Everett, WA 98201.
- Seattle – In front of main entrance of Seattle Public Library. 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104.
- Seattle (North) – Statue of Lenin. Address: Corner of Fremont PI N and N 36th St.Image.
- Dupont Circle, on the north side by the Starbucks. Image.
- Kenosha – In front of Brat Stop. Address: 12304 75th St. Kenosha, WI 53142.
- La Crosse – The large water fountain at Riverside Park.
Rest Of The World
- Brisbane – email@example.com
- Melbourne – firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com
- Perth – Ocean Beach Hotel on sidewalk. Image. Warning: protest likely.
- Sydney – firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com
- Graz – In the dead center of Tummelplatz square
- Wien – Museumsquartier, Treppe von Mumok (Stairs of Mumok). Museumsplatz 1, Wien 1010. Meet at bottom of steps.
- Nassau – In front of main entrance to Fort Montagu
- Brussels – Place Royale, 1000 Brussels. Meet beside the statue. Image. Warning: protest possible.
- Sofia – Statue of Saint Sofia. Map
- Phnom Penh – The royal palace in front of main entrance. Meet at the bottom of the steps.
- Calgary – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Edmonton – email@example.com & firstname.lastname@example.org
- Montreal – email@example.com
- Ottawa – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Surrey – Fortlangleyconstruction@gmail.com
- Toronto – email@example.com & firstname.lastname@example.org
- Vancouver – email@example.com
- Victoria – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Windsor – The Burt Weeks Memorial Gardens, on mini-pier. Image.Homepage. Warning: protest likely.
- Winnipeg – email@example.com
- Santiago – Plaza Italia, next to the statue
- Shanghai – People’s Square Exit 1, street-side, left corner. Image.
- Bogota – In the center of Parque de Usaquen
- Prague – Republic Square.
- Helsinki – Kolmen sepän patsas (Three Smiths statue) in Helsinki next to Stockmann department store. Google Map.
- Nantes – Crossing of Rue du Chateau and Rue Mathelin Rodier. In front of the main entrance of the castle is a little square with a statue of Anne de Bretagne. Meet beside the statue. Image.
- Paris – Place de la République, beside the lion statue. Image.
- Aachen – In the center point of Katschhof
- Berlin – In front of main entrance to Cafe Lichtburg. Behmstrasse, 13357 Berlin.Map.
- Frankfurt am Main – Bank entrance of Frankfurt Dome / Frankfurter Dom, in front of the souvenir shop with the red sign. Image
- Hamburg – Hamburg Rathaus, in front of the main entrance
- Munchen – München Olympiazentrum, BMW Welt, main entrance. Image 1. Image 2.
- Nurnberg – Willy-Brandt-Denkmal (monument) at the Willy-Brandt-Platz, next to statue. Image.
- Würzburg – Warriors Memorial near the Wurzburg Residence. Image.
- In front of Joe Banana’s Bar in Wan Chai on Hong Kong Island (Jaffe Road and Laurd Road).
- Reykjavik – Leif Ericsson statue in Hallgrímstorg Church. Warning: massive protest likely.
- Tehran – Niavaran Park, Tehran. Meet at the eastern side of the main fountain in front of the ice cream shop.
- Naas – In front of main entrance of Naas Courthouse. Warning: protest likely.
- Tel Aviv – In front of the main entrance to Sarona Market
- Bari – Parco 2 Giugno, in front of main entrance on Viale Einaudi. Image.
- Reggio calabria – Museo Nazionale, in front of main entrance. Image.
- Rome – At the Spanish Steps, in front of the Montcler store, at the corner of Via Condotti. Image.
- Osaka – Next to the KFC beside HEP 5 shopping mall. Address: 6-15 Kakudacho, Kita Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 530-0017, Japan. Image.
- Tokyo – Ebisu Garden Place Glass Square, beside glass structure
- Mexico City – Beside Kiosko de Coyoacan. Image.
- Kathmandu – Patan Durbar Square, between the two tall columns. Image.
- Amsterdam – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Utrecht – Center of Neude Square. Warning: protest possible.
- Auckland – email@example.com
- Dunedin – In front of of Dunedin Town Hall at archway below the steps.Image. Warning: protest likely.
- Wellington – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Manila – Greenbelt mall beside the R-letter pedestal at the entrance near the Hermes store. Image 1, Image 2.
- Gdansk – At Fontanna Neptuna
- Katowice – Spodek (Saucer) in Katowice. Address: ul. Korfantego 35
- Warsaw – In front of Starbucks across from the Mariott Hotel. Image.
- Wroclaw – In the middle of Plac Solny (“Salt Square”/Flower Market), beside the Iglica (needle) statue. Stare Miasto 50-061/50-062, Wroclaw.
- Lisbon – Restauradores – Monument to the Restorers, in front of the obelisk, near Hard Rock Cafe Lisboa. Image.
- Bucharest – Piata Universitatii – Fantana. Image.
- Novosibirsk – Next to the statue of Vladimir Lenin on Lenin Square
- Belgrade – Trg Republike, in front of horse statue
- Singapore – Fort Canning Park, Dhoby Ghaut, underneath big arch. Image.
- Ljubljana – “The Illyrian Provinces Monument” (Ilirski steber) at the “French Revolution Square” (Trg Francoske revolucije)
- Seoul – In front of Bosingak Belfry. Jonggak station, subway line 1, exit 4.
- Barcelona – Underneath Arc de Triomf monument. Warning: protest likely.
- Granada – In front of Granada Cathedral
- Stockholm – Medborgarplatsen, in front of first glass structure. Image.
- Basel – Baarfuesserplatz Tram Stop, by the tall pole. Image.
- Taipei – On Tap Pub, in front of main entrance. Address: No. 21, Alley 11, Lane 216, Section 4, Zhongxiao E Rd, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106
- Bangkok – In front of Starbucks Terminal 21
United Arab Emirates
- Dubai – Dubai Mall, in front of Tim Horton. Image.
- Cardiff – Beside female statue in front of Hilton Cardiff on Friary Road.Image. Warning: protest likely.
- Edinburgh – email@example.com & firstname.lastname@example.org
- Glasgow – George Square. Meet by the tall obelisk statue. Warning: protest likely, multiple violent threats received.
- Leeds – email@example.com
- London – firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com
- Manchester – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Newcastle – Beside Grey’s monument. Warning: protest likely.
- Shrewsbury – Frankwell car park, bottom of the pedestrian walkway.Image. Warning: protest likely.