A controversial pick-up artist and anti-feminist blogger had a drink thrown in his face in Montreal on Friday.
Daryush Valizadeh, better known as Roosh V, is an American who promotes "neomasculinity" with online videos which feature proclamations like "if we legalize rape, women will be more careful with their bodies" and "fat girls are simply unattractive." A petition calling for a ban on his entry into Canada had been circulating online.
Warning: This story contains offensive language.
Valizadeh's pending Montreal seminar was condemned by both Quebec Justice Minister Stephanie Vallee and Montreal mayor Denis Coderre for being akin to hate speech against women. Valizadeh came to Montreal anyway to conduct his workshop despite the condemnations and the 38,000-plus signature petition on Change.org.
The night before his Saturday seminar, Valizadeh entered a Montreal bar dressed in a wig, but was quickly called out. Concordia University news site TheConU obtained exclusive video of female guests shouting at Valizadeh and dousing him in beer before chasing him down the street. In the two-minute video, the women call him a "piece of shit" and say "How dare you fucking come to Montreal?" before announcing to the bar, "This is fucking Roosh V! This is the guy who thinks rape should be legal."
Afterwards, Valizadeh brushed off the encounter on Twitter:
A girl gave me a beer shower... after rubbing her sexy legs against me in an intimate conversation. It was worth it! 😅— Roosh (@rooshv) August 9, 2015
But the woman who spilled the pint of beer on Valizadeh's head posted her own account of the night's events on Facebook, and says she knew of his identity and intentionally seduced him into the bar, writing, "I played your game the same way you teach it - and you lost": (Update: The post has since been removed from Facebook, but its full text is below as per Buzzfeed).
I am the Woman with the “sexy legs” and the pint of beer that so lovingly found itself in your face.
You approached me on a side street and asked me to come into a bar with you. What you didn’t realize is that I knew exactly who you were the moment I saw you, and my efforts in confronting you that night were made much easier when you grabbed my waist and brought me into an empty bar. What you didn’t realize is that every bouncer on St-Laurent [Boulevard] was looking out for you.
Did you really think that you would get away with what you have done? Did you really think that you could advocate raping women, threatening them and sharing their addresses and personal information online and not pay a price?
What you didn’t realize is that while you thought you were preying on me, you were fucked the second you asked me my name. What you didn’t realize is that I played your game the same way you teach it — and you lost.
Roosh V is staying at [address].
Bienvenue à Montréal, Mother Fucker.
However, even with his bar encounter, public denunciation and losing the venue space for his seminar, Valizadeh's workshop still took place in Montreal and he toasted to victory on Twitter.
We won. Men won. Free speech won. Here's my Montreal victory speech: https://t.co/YB8qGXJMax— Roosh (@rooshv) August 9, 2015
Valizadeh is scheduled to run his next seminar in Toronto on Aug. 15, but the time and location remains unknown. CTV News reports Sara Parker-Toulson — the founder of the Change.org petition against Valizadeh — has called on Toronto mayor John Tory to condemn his upcoming appearance in the city.
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