A controversial ‘pick-up’ coach from California was recently banned in Australia, and other nations overseas are considering similar action due to concerns over his teachings that involve crude and violent tactics used to prey on women for sexual purposes.
“It’s offensive, it’s inappropriate, it’s emotionally scarring, but it’s [expletive] effective,” co-founder Julien Blanc writes on his website for his company Real Social Dynamics.
His teachings, which include online instruction videos and live seminars, claim to help males “develop panty-dropping masculinity” and learn how to “make girls beg to sleep with you.” Blanc’s followers pay as much as $3,000 to attend his seminars.
One of his tactics reportedly includes what is dubbed “the choke opener,” where men approach a woman and place their hand around their throat. Blanc recently posted photos of himself on Twitter demonstrating the approach with the hashtag “choking girls around the world.”
“At least in Tokyo, if you’re a white male, you can do what you want,” he remarks in one teaching video, which included instruction on other unspeakable tactics that were sexually graphic in nature.
Blanc recorded himself demonstrating the tactic on the streets, an act that outraged one viewer so much that she decided to launch a campaign to encourage hosts to cancel his seminars.
“I couldn’t believe this guy was videotaping himself assaulting women and getting away with it,” said Jennifer Li, who started an online petition over the matter. “I don’t want them to have the space where they can teach men to harass other women.”
But supporters of Blanc have also created a counter petition stating that the dating coach has not done anything wrong.
“Julien Blanc has been under tremendous scrutiny from feminist groups who have accused him of sexual assault and called him every name under the sun,” it reads. “Julien Blanc is an easy target and although many people disagree with him, he has not committed any crimes. … He has, in fact, helped hundreds and thousands of men to find success in their dating lives. He does not advocate sexual assault.”
However, among those who disagree with him the strongest are those with the power to allow or deny him entrance into their country.
Earlier this month, Blanc’s events in Australia were canceled and his visa was revoked.
“This guy wasn’t putting forward political ideas, he was putting forward abuse that was derogatory to women,” Australian immigration minister Scott Morrison told reporters.
Officials in the UK are now also calling for the revocation of Blanc’s visa.
“If he was allowed to perform in the UK, I have no doubt that cases of sexual harassment and intimidation would increase,” Crime Prevention Minister Lynne Featherstone told BBC News.
Blanc is scheduled to speak in the country in February.
Similar opposition has been expressed in Canada, Japan and Brazil, according to reports.
“His content is completely counter to Canadian values and common decency,” Tweeted Canadian Minister Chris Alexander. “My job is to ensure our immigration system does not facilitate violence against anyone in Canada and ensure women are protected against all forms of such.”
Blanc is not responding to media inquiries during this time.