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"He doesn't meet our values as human beings."

Argyle Grill and Bar management shuts door on 'Slut Whisperer' photographer

by Miles Howe

@KirillWasHere markets himself as: "Just an ugly Russian Jew traveling the world throwing parties + taking pictures for my award-winning website..." [via @KirillWasHere twitter]
@KirillWasHere markets himself as: "Just an ugly Russian Jew traveling the world throwing parties + taking pictures for my award-winning website..." [via @KirillWasHere twitter]
@KirillWasHere - tells Nova Scotia "fat girls" they won't be partying with him anyways. [via @KirillWasHere twitter]
@KirillWasHere - tells Nova Scotia "fat girls" they won't be partying with him anyways. [via @KirillWasHere twitter]
Lee Fraser (@frashermusic) loves it. "@KirillWasHere really nailed it..." [via @frashermusic twitter]
Lee Fraser (@frashermusic) loves it. "@KirillWasHere really nailed it..." [via @frashermusic twitter]

KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) – It would appear that notorious misogynist, racist, homophobic, fat-phobic, and sexually violent photographer, 'Kirill Was Here' (known on twitter as 'Slut Whisperer') is not welcome at the Argyle Grill and Bar in Halifax. Kirill, along with Adult Film star Christy Mack, were scheduled to appear at the Argyle this Saturday, April 18th, that is, until management at the downtown Halifax establishment caught wind of who Kirill actually is.

“I knew nothing about this guy, I'll be honest with you, until I got some calls on Friday (April 10th) and some emails from people in the community who were quite outraged that this individual was coming to our city,” says Chris Tzaneteas, manager at the Argyle. “I knew nothing about this guy. I mean, we have DJs that come here from all over the world. I don't particularly research them, although maybe that is something we should start doing after this particular situation.

“Once it was brought to our attention, I went online, saw what he was all about, what his tweets were all about, what his core values as a human being were all about. The decision was quite easy for the Argyle Bar and Grill. The promoters were told that the event can go on, we have nothing against Christy Mack, nor did anybody else that I spoke to, nobody had an issue with her. The issue was with this Kirill guy and what he stands for.”

Kirill, it would appear, roams the world with his camera. He takes videos of women becoming highly inebriated in club settings, and then subsequently posts footage of these women, all the while degrading them – and women in general – through 'ultra-bro' tweets and facebook posts. His twitter feed and website appear to be nothing more than hyper-sexualized objectification of young women. Those who object to this brand of 'non-stop party' lifestyle pics and videos are categorized as “fat girls” or 'gay'. In the echo-chamber that is sometimes the internet, affirmation of this 'disposable woman' lifestyle, plus degradation of all those who would oppose it, is Kirill's social media calling card.

Despite the reality of a city still reeling after the suicide of Rehtaeh Parsons, this uber-objectification of the female body type appears to have played just the right chord in the mind of Halifax-based 'This Is After Dark' promotions' 'Bossman', Lee Fraser, the brains behind hosting the Kirill-photo party.

On April 10th, in response to a negative social media reaction from Haligonians to his event, Kirill tweeted: “So many fat girls from Nova Scotia are mad that I'm coming to party. You're not gonna get in the party anyways ... Cats can't be your +1”

In response, while snapping a shot of a defaced #LoveIsLove campaign poster, This Is After Dark's Fraser tweeted: “@KirillWasHere really nailed it with the cat remark. #noplusone.”

Fraser would not respond to a request for comment from the Halifax Media Co-op, but has promised a forthcoming press release.

For ticket holders, the Argyle's Tzaneteas notes that the event will still go on, just sans Kirill.

“The decision was very easy for us to make. We told the promoters: 'Hey, the event can still go on but this guy's not welcome to the Argyle Bar and Grill. He just does not stand for who we are or what we believe in. That's it. Bottom line. He doesn't meet our values as human beings. We told the promoter that he couldn't come in here.

“I have a young daughter and son and definitely did not want them to see their dad as supporting anything like this.”


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