Skeevy dating coach and human-shaped glob of hair gel Julien Blanc has run into some setbacks in his pickup artist lecture tour of Australia. An online campaign outraged at some of Blanc's pickup methods—like grabbing women's heads and pulling them toward his crotch—convinced at least three hotels to drop out of hosting his seminars.
"If you're a white male? You can do what you want. Just grab her. I pull her in, and she just kind of laughs and giggles. And all you have to say to like, take the pressure off is just yell 'Pikachu' or 'Pokémon' or 'Tamagotchi' or something," he advises.
That's followed by a boast about "romping through the streets just grabbing girls. Head. On dick. Head. On dick."
It's not an isolated incident, either. Blanc has also tweeted about choking women as an opener and Instagrammed himself "#chokinggirlsaroundtheworld."
And then there's this creepy conversation a woman had with someone she claims is Blanc after they matched on Tinder. "You should be happy I'm acknowledging your existence, you whore ... I give you a chance to be with me out of pity and this is how you act?" he says in a screenshot. (The post also includes a long, long list of gross, gross tweets Blanc has posted, including "Love is when you emotionally abuse her and she still comes back for more, right?" and "No means no. #justkidding.")
Blanc's advice to use sexual assault as a conversation opener was translated for a Japanese audience by YouTuber MsDoom99, and then made viral worldwide by Jenn Li, who started the #TakeDownJulienBlanc hashtag and accompanying change.org petition.
25,000 people have signed the petition, and Blanc's creepy pickup roadshow has been booted from three hotels.
— #TakeDownJulienBlanc (@JennLi123) November 5, 2014
Meanwhile, Blanc hasn't mentioned any of this on his blog or Twitter. He did post a video about how he got he got his start in the pickup community—joining a "lair," because of course— and grew up into the successful professional creep you see today. Charming.