A man who bills himself as an advocate for "legal rape" is likely to be banned from entering Australia after immigration minister Peter Dutton signalled he would not be granted a visa.
Daryush "Roosh" Valizadeh, who describes himself as a "neomasculinist", was due to arrive in Sydney this weekend for a meeting of "heterosexual, masculine men" in Sydney's Hyde Park, while simultaneous events are planned for Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth.
Valizadeh is the leader of Return of Kings, a group which "aims to usher the return of the masculine man in a world where masculinity is being increasingly punished and shamed in favor of creating an androgynous and politically-correct society that allows women to assert superiority and control over men."
The group believes that rape should be legalised on private property and that women are biologically destined to be subservient to men.
A petition to prevent the group from meeting in Sydney has gained more than 7,000 signatures in less than 24 hours, while former sex discrimination commissioner Elizabeth Broderick has said Valizadeh's views are not welcome in Australia.
Despite the backlash, the legal rape advocate seems to be enjoying the attention, tweeting frequently that he'll use any means necessary to enter the country, and posting a screenshot of his flight path from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to Canberra.
"F--- it, I just booked a flight to Australia. See you somewhere there on 2/6. I'll stay a while, see some sights," he tweeted overnight. He has also invited any "attractive Australian girls in age range of 18-22" to contact him if they want to meet for drinks.
But Valizadeh's travel plans appear to have hit a snag, with Dutton ordering an urgent briefing of his plans to enter Australia and signalling that he would not grant the activist a visa, and that no one by that name had yet applied for one.
"People who advocate violence against women aren't welcome in Australia," the minister said in a statement. "In the past people advocating violence against women have had their visa refused or cancelled."
Earlier this month, Dutton cancelled the visa of infamous pick-up artist Jeff Allen, who planned to tour Australia, promoting his company, Real Social Dynamics, which teaches men that they can pick up women by harassing, manipulating, and degrading them.
in 2014, then-immigration minister Scott Morrison deported infamous pick-up artist Julian Blanc as he held a national tour which promoted harassing women.
Under Australia’s Immigration Act, the minister can refuse to grant a visa if the person does not pass a “character test."
When contacted by BuzzFeed News for comment, Valizadeh replied, "lick my balls".
Rob Stott is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.
Contact Rob Stott at email@example.com.
Got a confidential tip? Submit it here.