Roosh Valizadeh has long fantasized about ruining the professional lives of alleged “social justice warrior” journalists who criticize racist and misogynistic assholes like himself.
Now he’s fantasizing about murdering them.
Yesterday, the pickup guru and “Return of Kings” founder posted a short story on his personal blog about a twentysomething mailroom worker who loses his job after a feckless SJW reporter working for a Gawker-like blog called “The Denouncer” discovers an offensive Facebook post of his and writes a hit piece on him.
Unable to get a decent-paying job, the young man travels to New York and guns down the reporter who, in his mind, ruined his life.
If you have to guess which of the two characters Roosh sympathizes with, you clearly haven’t encountered him before.
Roosh has had a hate-on for “SJW” journalists – and Gawker media in particular – for some time. In 2012, he included Gawker, alongside such other obvious-to-him evils as Kim Kardashian, Apple Computer and “most media companies,” in a list of “culture parasites” that in his mind are “contributing to the decline of American women, and therefore [male] happiness.”
In 2013, Roosh led a Manosphere crusade against Vallywag writer Nitasha Tiku and blogger/entrepreneur Anil Dash after Tiku wrote a post highlighting a series of offensive Tweets from Business Insider’s then-Chief Technology Officer Pax Dickinson, whom she described tartly (and accurately) as a “tech bro nightmare.”
Dickinson lost his job and Roosh tried his best to ruin the lives and livelihoods of the “two Indian immigrants [who] coordinated to destroy the livelihood of a white American-borne professional,” declaring Tiku to be “a suspected Marxist [with] a pattern of disliking white men.” (For what it’s worth, Tiku and Dash have both lived their entire lives in the US. Neither, and I’m taking a wild guess here, are Marxists.)
Roosh has used his blogs Return of Kings and Reaxxion to launch similar if less extensive smear campaigns against several other “SJW” journalists, including several others who were at the time writing for Gawker media. (See here, here, here, and here.)
And he has enthusiastically supported #GamerGate’s anti-Gawker media crusade.
His short story, titled “The Denouncer,” takes his “critique” of Gawker one step further, setting an everyman hero whose “only fault in life was that he was an average man” against the “star blogger” for a Gawker-like “social justice” blog whose speciality is ruining the lives of “heterosexual white men.”
Roosh, struggling against his inadequacies as a writer, resorts to crude stereotypes in his attempts to convey to his readers the true evil of The Denouncer’s staff. His vision of New York new media is cartoonish and conspiratorial.
In her job interview with The Denouncer’s founder, a gay man named Ted who was from South Africa and had a fiery Filipino ladyboy lover, Katie asked what was the overall mission of the new venture.
“To make society better,” Ted replied. “We want to shame, humiliate, and embarrass all the racist, sexist, misogynist, homophobic, transphobic, fatphobic, and cisgender jerks to forever stop all that is offensive. America has no place for such backwards beliefs and thinking.” …
“This sounds like a social justice blog.”
“This is social justice on steroids.” Ted spoke with a lisp so the phrase ‘social justice’ was a tongue twister for him. “We won’t be afraid to dox people and go after their bread. My dream is that in a year or two, people will be so scared of us that it will change not only what they say publicly, but also how they think.”
Katie signs on enthusiastically, quickly becoming known for her takedowns of racists; she receives bonuses of $500 each time one of her posts gets a man fired.
Brad, the hero of the story, comes to her attention after posting a picture of himself brandishing a newly bought Glock pistol to Facebook with the caption “I’d like to see some dirty Mexicans try and take my country.”
After being sent his Facebook photo from an anonymous reader, she darkened it a bit in photoshop to make him appear more sinister. She called him a “racist asshat” and then showed photos of sad Mexican children with dirt on their faces attempting to cross into America for a better life. She also added that Brad is “not what America stands for” and “will probably commit murder if he’s not stopped.” To end her article, she pleaded with her readers to put a stop to men like Brad by contacting his employer and letting them know what they think of his racism and pre-violence.
To celebrate his firing, Katie upgrades her iPhone.
Brad, meanwhile, is left reeling. He’s unable to get another job that pays enough to pay the bills, because a “dozen other blogs picked up Katie’s story and now the first page of Google was bombed with accusations that he was a racist and a future murderer.”
Ironically, Roosh is an enthusiastic advocate of “Google bombing” when the target is an alleged “SJW” journalist he doesn’t like. In a 2013 post, Roosh gleefully outlined what he saw as a foolproof plan to torpedo the careers of “New York city media liberals.”
Little Susie is writing for Jezebel today, but she will have to change jobs at some point, meaning a Human Resources airhead will search for her name to make sure she is a proper fit for the company. …
Unless she’s applying for a position at Jezebel, no respectable company will touch a toxic individual who has been linked to racism. … If you dig into these writers work and background, you can easily find cases where they spew anti-white or misandrist views. All that’s left is getting that on the first page of Google.
As proof, Roosh posted a screenshot of a Google search for Tiku’s name, showing his attack on her among the top results. (In fact, though he didn’t know it at the time, his accusation of anti-white racism would cause Tiku no career troubles; she was promoted at Vallywag, then hired away by The Verge.)
But in his story, Brad’s plan for revenge is far more direct than fucking with Katie’s Google results: he borrows money from his father to travel to New York and kill her.
Heading to SoHo, where the fictional Denouncer’s offices are located (and where the real Gawker media offices were until recently), Brad spots Katie leaving work, and Roosh lets us know that she is not only a life-ruining narcissist but a man-jawed fattie, the ultimate PUA nightmare:
The first thought that struck Brad’s mind was how much fatter she was in person than in her carefully managed online photos, but it was definitely her—he recognized the same strong jaw and broad nose.
He follows her to her Brooklyn apartment, stalks her as she walks her “little dog” to a nearby park, and confronts her, demanding to know “Why did you ruin my life?”
Then he pulls out his gun and shoots her dead. Moments later he turns the gun on himself. [See CORRECTION note at end of post.]
Roosh sees the killing as a sort of rough justice for her “crimes” against a decent man:
Brad’s only fault in life was that he was an average man. He was destined not to greatness, but to having a mediocre job in a mediocre town with mediocre entertainments to fill his time. Getting out of the hole that Katie put him in was too great a task. Someone more capable would have thought of other options … but Brad believe [sic] this was the only way to end his pain.
Katie’s murder generates a good deal of media coverage, leading one policeman to Tweet “If you ruin a man’s life, don’t be shocked when he tries to ruin yours.”
An “an up-and-coming intern” at The Denouncer spots this Tweet, and quickly writes a post labeling him an apologist for murder.
She got him fired within 81 minutes, a new record. The next day she arrived at work to applause from her co-workers—it was her very first firing bonus.
In the comments to his post, Roosh himself gets mostly applause for his chilling revenge fantasy, including this exchange, referencing a film about a 12-hour purge in which all crimes are legal.
I can only hope that Roosh and his followers limit their enthusiasm to fictional violence.
CORRECTION: In my original post, I wrote that Brad killed Katie and her dog. He kills Katie and then kills himself. But Roosh is such a terrible writer I misread the passage and concluded Brad had shot the dog.