The leader of an American-based group that believes rape should be legalised may be barred from entering Australia, but he has spent the last day boasting about how he could sneak into the country through "vulnerabilities" in our "weak" borders.
"Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has requested urgent briefing". Their borders are weak. I'll get in. https://t.co/KT9VoxW5Dk— Roosh (@rooshv) February 1, 2016
The Sydney Morning Herald revealed on Monday that Return Of Kings -- a U.S. group who advocate for rape to be legalised on private property and that women should follow men -- planned to hold meetings across Australia this weekend.
The news was met with huge outcry, with a petition calling for the banning of the Sydney meeting gaining almost 35,000 signatures by 11am Tuesday. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has called for an urgent briefing on whether the group's leader, Daryush "Roosh" Valizadeh, should be granted a visa, the SMH reports.
Dutton flagged that he may not be allowed into the country.
"People who advocate violence against women aren't welcome in Australia," he said in a statement.
"In the past people advocating violence against women have had their visa refused or cancelled."
Later, a spokesperson for Dutton said Roosh had not even applied for a visa.
Valizadeh has seemingly been enjoying the attention online, however, and has boasted that he could sneak into the country.
I love how I can trigger entire countries and get women clutching their pearls without stepping foot inside them. pic.twitter.com/jI4klcwfNT— Roosh (@rooshv) February 1, 2016
Number one news story in Australia, across the board pic.twitter.com/7APH4Ts9DQ— Roosh (@rooshv) February 1, 2016
I'll just take a private boat to Darwin from Indonesia or East Timor. I'll find a way to enter. I won't be stopped. https://t.co/CKbXdRLS4C— Roosh (@rooshv) February 1, 2016
I'll hire a private yacht to sneak into the country. On google maps I see vulnerabilities in the northwest quadrant. https://t.co/bLLC9mrY5P— Roosh (@rooshv) February 1, 2016
He also spent some time sending journalists crude responses after opportunities for comment, including one vulgar reply to a female journalist from The Guardian.
@rooshv ok but I don't know how that will add to the story— Rob Stott (@Rob_Stott) February 1, 2016
Would not bang, so no interview https://t.co/2n0hBOmXlu— Roosh (@rooshv) February 1, 2016
Return of Kings has courted controversy across the world for their views, with articles on their website including "The Equality Movement Is Allowing Women To Tyrannize Men," "Rape Culture” Was Manufactured To Wage An Unjust War Against Men," and "The Intellectual Inferiority Of Women."
Most shocking, however, is the floating of an idea on Roosh's own website that laws should "make rape legal if done on private property. I propose that we make the violent taking of a woman not punishable by law when done off public grounds."