An internet campaign has successfully stopped a self-described pick-up artist from spreading his disturbing methods across Australia.
Julien Blanc, from the U.S.-based group Real Social Dynamics, started his Australian tour in Sydney on Oct. 29 in which he hoped to teach local lads about using his tactics on women, such as choking and pulling them into his crotch, to get them to sleep with him.
His strategies, which include the emotional and physical abuse of women, have been labelled disgusting and creepy by social media users and 13,000 people have signed a petition to get his Australian tour cancelled.
Change.org member Jennifer Li who launched the petition wrote: "Julien Blanc is a sexist and racist "pick up artist," who has made a living by teaching men how to violate women through physical and emotional abuse.
"Do not associate your hotel's good name with a man who chokes women around the world as part of his pick up game. Please stand with the women of Australia and women everywhere, and do not host an event where men are being taught how to violate and harass women."
Li was also behind the Twitter hashtag #TakeDownJulienBlanc, which used the power of numbers to get Australia to pay attention.
It worked, both the Como Hotel in Melbourne and the Mecure Hotel in Brisbane said on Wednesday they have pulled the events planned for this week. EventBrite also removed all the Real Social Dynamic team's shows from its website.
Blanc posted a YouTube link to his new lecture on Twitter on Sept. 9, which outlined ways to engage a woman in Tokyo. It included grabbing her and forcefully pulling her into his crotch, while yelling a playful Japanese word. “When you go to Tokyo….if you’re a white male, you can do what you want. Just grab her, pull her in. She’ll giggle. Just say 'PIKACHU' or 'POKEMON' or something to take the pressure off," he said.
Following the outrage in Japan and Australia, Blanc's Instagram account has been closed, most of his questionable YouTube videos have been set to private and his website has been taken down, pimpmygame.com. His Twitter account remains active, yet numerous pictures have been deleted.
Blanc has been travelling through Australia with his assistant Max, who has also been using his questionable moves to pick up women in Sydney, where a seminar has already been held. The pair have not commented on the public reaction to their talks.
Li has subsequently campaigned against RSD's events held in Seattle and Austin on 6 November. The hotels hosting the talks have also cancelled following social media pressure.
"We are continuing to #TakeDownJulienBlanc and to #TakeDownRSD. Thank you for being a part of this and making everything that's happened possible," wrote Li on her change.org campaign page.