MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WKRN) – A group that identifies as “neo-masculine” and whose founder believes that rape should be legal if done on private property was planning two meetups in the Metro-Nashville area.
Those meetups, part of a “Worldwide Meetup Day” for the group Return of Kings, were cancelled Wednesday as local and national news outlets raised awareness.
Their website states Return Of Kings “is a blog for heterosexual, masculine men. It’s meant for a small but vocal collection of men in America today who believe men should be masculine and women should be feminine.”
Among their community beliefs, Return of the King says “a woman’s value significantly depends on her fertility and beauty” and “men will opt out of monogamy and reproduction if there are no incentives to engage in them.”
The founder said on the website the meetups were cancelled because he can “no longer guarantee the safety or privacy of the men who want to attend on February 6, especially since most of the meetups can not be made private in time.”
The statement continued, “While I can’t stop men who want to continue meeting in private groups, there will be no official Return Of Kings meetups. The listing page has been scrubbed of all locations. I apologize to all the supporters who are let down by my decision.”
One of the weekend meetups was planned for Bailey’s Sports Grille in Goodlettsville. The other was in the parking lot of Big Star Cigar in Mt. Juliet.
Big Star’s owner told News 2 spoke he thought it was a joke when someone told him that his business had landed on the “Return of Kings” website.
“I don’t want to deal with anybody who has these beliefs,” said owner Tony Benken. “It’s not my moral code and I just don’t believe that’s how it should be.”
Benken even had a meeting with Mt. Juliet’s police chief about his concerns.
It turns out a lot of people called concerned about the group’s message and violent views.