ASIA MEDIA WRITES – Julien Blanc and his company Real Social Dynamics (RSD), have been banned from entering Singapore. The cause? A petition started by a local on change.org.
Blanc and his company RSD, based in California, promote the use of violence and threats to seduce women to have sex. As the petition site reveals, “Julien gives seminars on how to pick up women using a variety of highly abusive techniques, such as economic abuse, isolation, coercion and threats, intimidation, emotional abuse, and ‘male privilege’.”
It seems Singapore is not the only country to have banned Blanc from its shores. The Australian government revoked his visa and forced Blanc to cancel his remaining “seminars” and leave prematurely. On November 14, Brazil also banned Blanc from entering after a similar petition garnered 280,000 signatures in two days. It seems Britain has also succeeded in petitioning to have Blanc banned from their country. Canada and Japan have similar petitions running. The reprisal against Blanc began when Ms. Jenn Li started a twitter campaign to expose him and his repugnant techniques with the hashtag #TakeDownJulienBlanc.
Charis Mah, who started the petition in Singapore, addressed it to Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who is also the Minister of Home Affairs (MHA). While the petition had a target of 10,000 signatures, Ms. Mah sent an email to the MHA after it garnered more than 7,500 which was enough to capture the attention of the relevant authorities.
Ms. Mah updated the petition site on November 26, and revealed that the MHA, the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF), and the Immigration Checkpoints Authority (ICA) had collaborated to ensure that Blanc and his company would not be able to enter Singapore.
Minister Chan Chun Sing of the MSF wrote on Facebook, “ICA will not allow Mr Blanc into Singapore, especially if he is here to hold seminars or events that propagate violence against women. Violence against innocent people is unlawful and totally unacceptable. We cannot allow people to perpetuate such unlawful activities in our country”.
Judging by the extremely negative publicity Blanc is receiving internationally, one would expect his website and remaining “seminars” to be cancelled in every country. Nevertheless, his website is still running, and “seminars” are scheduled for the remaining year and 2015 in locations across the U.S and Europe.
With governments, social media, and concerned netizens across the world about Blanc’s case, here’s hoping that he will never again be able to profit off the promotion of violence.