Let Us Now Dance On The Grave Of MRA Hate Site 'Return Of Kings'
Well, it seems as though the heralding of the "Return of Kings" was a tad premature. Just yesterday, Roosh "Rape Advocate Who Lives In His Mom's Basement" V, who tried so very hard to run the entire gamut of misogynistic bullshit from rapey pick-up-artist shit to screaming his head off about "traditional values," hung up his fedora and announced that his website will be going on hiatus due to the fact that he has no money to run it. Oh no, now where will we ever turn when we want to read 85,000 thinkpieces on how feminists need to give men back all the electricity they invented?
Or when you would like some hot tips from a dude named Avery about how to hypnotize ladies into a submissive trance.
Or some casual anti-Semitism.
Or... whatever on earth this bullshit is.
In a post about why they are going on hiatus, Roosh V made it clear that part of the reason was because a bunch of companies didn't want to associate themselves with the site:
The first factor for this hiatus is that site revenues are too low. We've been banned from Paypal and countless ad partners, which forced me to lay off the site editor last year and also lower payments to regular contributors. This started a negative spiral of declining content quality, site traffic, and revenues. Even the beloved comments section, which many see as the highlight of ROK, was badly hit when Disqus banned us. Currently, ROK receives half the traffic of its peak and less than one-fifth of the income.
Weird how these kinds of dudes just love the invisible hand of free market until it neglects to jerk them off! But according to Roosh, this isn't capitalism, this is CENSORSHIP!
I'm sure many of you understand that we are in the early stages of a censorship wave that will sweep through society. Scoundrels like myself get banned first, and then soon the hammer will come down on anyone who dares to share the truth.
He wasn't banned, he wasn't "censored." He offered a repulsive product and the world said, "No thanks, we would not like to be associated with you!" It's as simple as that. Amazon didn't want to sell his stupid book, Paypal didn't want to process money for him, companies didn't want to advertise their products on his site, and Disqus didn't want to support their comments section. These are not things that anyone is owed. Even if we were living in a socialist utopia, no one would be owed that.
This is not a freedom of speech issue, it's a freedom of association issue.
And besides! There are lots and lots of men out there right now making loads of cash off of being misogynistic douchenozzles. Seriously, if I had fewer scruples I would 100% cash in on this shit, because there legions of sad, angry young men who will gleefully empty out their pockets and freely give to anyone who will tell them that they are special and wonderful, that they are entitled to a woman, and that it's not fair that the feminists are so mean to them.
So maybe the real issue here is that even his target audience was not quite buying what he was selling. I think part of it, frankly, is that a dude who made his name writing guides about how to "bang" women in every country on earth cannot now be a convincing advocate for sexual temperance and "traditionalism," which is generally where the misogynistic winds have been blowing these days. The young woman-haters of today don't want to prove their alphadom by picking women up for one-night stands, they want to be, I don't know, lobsters or something. They want to get married young to a virgin bride who will spend the rest of her life barefoot and pregnant, and they can't do that if there are men going around "banging" ladies around the world. They aren't interested in "game," they're interested in straight up Gilead-style patriarchy. They also don't read so much as they watch four-hour-long YouTube videos featuring angry men yelling about "SJWs."
Also, he's not a white guy, and it is kind of a fact that the misogyny of today is also extremely racist.
All of this being said, I could not be more delighted to see ROK go down the tubes. And to celebrate this, let us all harken back to the time when he called me a "clown face would not bang" and then all of you got together and changed my entry in the now-defunct Return of Kings wiki to make it say nice things about me. Those were some good times.
We'll always have the memories.
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