His so-called pickup coaching promotes behavior amounting to sexual harassment and sexual assault.His comments and abuse of Asian women are deeply racist.” Blanc is just one instructor employed by the U.
(Neither Blanc nor RSD responded to TIME’s request for a comment.) The backlash to Blanc gained momentum when Jenn Li, a Chinese-American woman living in Washington, D.C., came across the video of his lecture about Japanese women, which she found “horrifying.” Writing in the , she described why she was inspired to start the hashtag #Take Down Julien Blanc.“By perpetuating the idea that Asian women are a ‘free for all’ for predatory men, he is encouraging other pathetic men to abuse them.” She also began posting the details about upcoming RSD events on Twitter and encouraging people to pressure the venues to cancel them, as well as sharing tweets and Facebook posts from Blanc, which she found offensive. What’s more, other governments seem open to following the example from Down Under. A series of online petitions against him suggest he might be.Blanc, who describes himself as the “international leader in dating advice,” is a self-styled pickup artist (PUA) who travels around the U. and around the world, teaching seminars to men on how to meet and seduce women. 6, Australia revoked Blanc’s visa before he held a seminar in Melbourne after an online petition argued he promoted “violence and emotional abuse against women.” The petition received thousands of signatures. PUAs have been around for years, selling themselves as dating gurus and charging men to attend seminars and conferences on learning the art of seduction.
After Blanc’s visa was revoked — and Victoria police confirmed that he had left the country — Australia’s Immigration Minister Scott Morrison explained the government’s position, saying, “This guy wasn’t putting forward political ideas, he was putting forward abuse that was derogatory to women and that’s just something, those are values abhorred in this country.” But it seems like Australia’s not alone, as the backlash against Blanc has spread and petitions have cropped up to bar him from teaching seminars in the Japan, Canada, the U. (For Blanc’s services, a course runs from 7 for 23 instructional videos to 7 for the videos and a ticket to a live event.) But while PUAs have always been controversial for their often sexist attitudes and demeaning views of human nature, Blanc seems to take the whole notion of to an entirely different level.
His now locked Twitter account includes statements like, “Dear girls, could you please save me the effort and roofie your own drink?
” Meanwhile, videos of his seminars show him advocating — and even demonstrating — his particular techniques which include grabbing women by the throat or forcing women’s heads into his crotch.
“At least in Tokyo, if you’re a white male,” Blanc says in one video to a room full of rapt men, “you can do what you want.
I’m just romping through the streets, just grabbing girls’ heads, just like, head, pfft on the d–k.
Head, on the d–k, yelling, ‘Pikachu.’” As many of Blanc’s critics have pointed out, this doesn’t qualify as dating advice, it’s assault. K.-based End Violence Against Women Coalition, told TIME in an email, “We hope the Home Office will look at all the evidence available about Julien Blanc’s activities and refuse him a visa.