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Thanks to #digitalpeoplepower, Julien Blanc and his dodgy pick-up techniques are not being taught to Australian men – at least not on Aussie soil… #goodriddance
Julien Blanc came and last week, Julien Blanc went.
What caused the sudden dismissal of the entire Australian tour in which this self-professed “pick-up artist” would stay several months?
Julien Blanc runs a USA-based dating company called Real Social Dynamics. His dating techniques promote men isolating women, making them afraid and making sure they have no cash.
That’s just scratching the surface.
Blanc has been caught on camera putting his hand around women’s throats and shoving their faces in his groin claiming it as a good technique for socially awkward men and a way to break down a woman’s “bitch shield”.
The reason this man is no longer getting paid $2000 to vocalise this rubbish comes down to the power of social media. It all started on Twitter when #takedownjulienblanc was formed. This hashtag was trending all week and from there, people who were passionate about this man not having any more say on Australian soil rallied together. Several change.org petitions were created and thousands of signatures collected. The hotel in Melbourne in which Blanc was meant to speak then pulled the event. This lead to the company having to hire a boat. Hundreds of people showed up on the edge of the Yarra to protest. After that, every venue that was meant to host Blanc’s seminars cancelled, along with the company selling the tickets. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison then decided it was his turn to act and he cancelled Blanc’s visa.
In the wake of what seems to be a social media win, questions have been asked about our freedom of speech. Julien Blanc was not doing anything illegal. Some members of Public Affairs community believe actions like this go against what we stand for as a nation, and that people should be able to attend such events. Many members of the dating world have also voiced their opinions on how we mustn’t judge the men that bought tickets to the event. The help for men struggling to find a partner is limited and therefore most will jump at the first opportunity they see.
To the young man who was escorted off the boat on Thursday night yelling, “I’ll see you in hell feminists…long live men”, I don’t think our kindness extends to you. It is rare for someone to be deported for such a circumstance, however, Scott Morrison summed it up by stating, “This guy wasn’t pushing forward political ideas, he was putting a view that was derogatory to women and that’s just something that our values abhor in this country”.
It looks like the rest of Australia agrees.
To celebrate being a year old, we want you, the readers, to help us decide the articles you loved best during our first year and to encourage you to participate, we are giving away three prizes!
All you have to do is look through our archives of content and email us your favourite article and also, if you want, the one you weren’t so up with. From the submissions, we will assess the most-loved content from our first year and republish it at the end of our birthday month.
Both writers and readers are encouraged to enter (No, Paris, you cannot nominate your own articles…#justsaying), so please email us at [email protected] by 30th November to enter! Please include your name, address and mobile number.
And the prizes are…(did we mention there are prizes…?)
First prize: A brilliant acting course based in Sydney and hosted by Darlo Drama worth $550!
Second prize: A gift pack from our friends at Booktopia
Third prize: Four movie passes
(Plus watch out for a couple of of other competitions during our birthday month!)