Julien Blanc was forced to cut short his Australian tour last week after having his visa withdrawn following public protest, and now similar pressure is stepping up in other countries.
Just a week after he was deported from Australia on the back of the online campaign ‘#TakeDownJulienBlanc’, the boycott against ‘pick-up artist’ Julien Blanc has gone worldwide, spreading to the UK, Japan and Canada.
Blanc - a self-described “executive dating coach” with the touring company Real Social Dynamics - was last week forced to reschedule a Melbourne seminar and eventually cut short the remaining leg of his Australian tour, following public protest after his ‘pick-up techniques’ were exposed in a series of disturbing and often violent videos, including an online tutorial where he encouraged men to choke women as a ‘pick-up opener’.
The campaign is now gathering traction overseas.
In Canada, where Blanc was planning to hold his workshops next year, it’s already received support from the country’s Citizen and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander, who yesterday tweeted that he’d consider denying Blanc visa entry into the country.
1/ I see your tweets & am aware of #KeepJulienBlancOutofCanada. His content is completely counter to Canadian values and common decency.— Chris Alexander (@MinChrisA) November 10, 2014
2/ My job is to ensure our imm system does not facilitate violence against anyone in Cda & ensure women are protected from all forms of such— Chris Alexander (@MinChrisA) November 10, 2014
Similarly, Jennifer Li – the Change.org member whose original petition launched the #TakeDownJulienBlanc campaign – has begun to set up online petitions in Japan to alert authorities to an intended tour by Blanc.
As Buzzfeed notes, Blanc’s since removed a workshop video on his website in which he tells men, “In Tokyo, if you’re a white male, you can do what you want.”
Petitions and public pressure have also taken off in the UK, ahead of Blanc’s proposed tour dates in February next year. As The Independent reports, an online petition calling for the Home Office to deny Blanc a visa has received over 55,000 signatures in just a few days.
“Australia has already taken a stand by revoking his visa, let us demonstrate that we feel the same way about his message,” wrote the petition’s creator, Caroline Charles, who was forced to use a pseudonym following online backlash.
In news further highlighting Blanc’s misogynistic tendencies, a 25-year-old woman from Toronto has posted online screen-grabs of a conversation she had with Blanc on Tinder earlier this year.
“He went from obnoxious to batshit crazy in one message. I may have been offended for a few seconds, but then realised our conversation would make a great blog post,” she told Buzzfeed News.