Trigger warning: This post deals with themes of violence against women
Controversial “dating coach” Julien Blanc has left Australia after having his visa cancelled overnight by Immigration Minister, Scott Morrison.
The Immigration Minister told Sky News this afternoon, “this guy wasn’t putting forward political ideas, he was putting forward abuse that was derogatory to women and…those are values abhorred in this country.”
A tweet by Victoria Police has confirmed that we’re no longer breathing the same air as Blanc: “We can confirm Julien Blanc left Australia overnight. His assistant is also due to leave shortly.”
The campaign against notorious “pick-up artist” Julien Blanc, AKA shameless misogynyst who has been accused of promoting violence against women, has reached new heights.
And Blanc’s supporters are not happy about it.
In case you’ve missed Mamamia’s coverage of the guy so far, Blanc is a “dating coach” for Real Social Dynamics who travels the world charging men hundreds of dollars to learn his vile techniques — which promise to teach guys how to “NEVER give (a woman) the validation she’s after” and how to “Bang the Hotties by Dissing the Fatties”.
Julien Blanc has also tweeted photos of himself choking women.
The 25-year-old Californian man was supposed to be giving a seminar teaching men how to “game bitches” in Melbourne last night — but that talk was cancelled by the venue after a social media protest and online petition to #takedownjulienblanc went viral. (Other venues including the Mecure Hotel in Brisbane and hotels in Seattle and Austin have also cancelled upcoming talks by the man, Daily Life reports.)
About 50 of Blanc’s supporters, many of them “men’s rights activists”, turned up to Melbourne’s Southbank last night in the hope of attending the Blanc seminar on a hired riverboat. But Blanc himself did not arrive, and the seminar was instead run by his assistant Max, who said he did not know where Blanc was.
The meeting was then disrupted by dozens of protesters, and Melbourne River Cruises cancelled the group’s booking and asked them to leave, the Herald Sun reports.
Police subsequently moved Blanc’s supporters off the boat.
The group, which included men’s rights activists, were infuriated — with one attendee yelling: “See you in hell, feminists!… Long live men.”
Shocked staff on the boat told the Herald Sun they had not known what the event was about when they received the booking.
— Asher Wolf (@Asher_Wolf) November 6, 2014