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Brett-Butler
post Nov 19 2014, 06:17 PM
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"Pickup artist" Julien Blanc now finds himself in the illustrious company of Geert Wilders and the Westboro Baptists by being denied a visa to enter the UK. From BBC News:


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Controversial US "pick-up artist" Julien Blanc has been barred from entering the UK by the Home Office.

The self-styled "dating guru" holds seminars claiming to teach men how to attract women but his methods have been widely criticised as sexually abusive.

A petition to deny him a visa attracted more than 150,000 signatures ahead of his UK tour, due to start in February.

Crime prevention minister Lynne Featherstone said she was "delighted Mr Blanc won't be coming to our shores".

In one recorded seminar, Mr Blanc is seen approaching girls and forcing their heads towards his crotch.

In the same video, he advises people on 'picking up' in Japan. "At least in Tokyo, if you're a white male, you can do what you want," he says.

"I'm romping through the street just grabbing girls. It's awesome."

Lib Dem MP Ms Featherstone said last week she was "extremely concerned" by the "sexist and utterly abhorrent statements" Mr Blanc had made about women.

"If he was allowed to perform in the UK I have no doubt that cases of sexual harassment and intimidation would increase," she said.


Now I must say that I am not familiar with the activities of Mr Blanc, but from what I can gather he appears to be rather ungentlemanly to say the least, and that no-one should ever pay money to see him ever. But was the UK right to deny him entry to the country? Is there now not the possibility that he will be regarded as a 'martyr' by his followers? And where should the line be drawn in terms of allowing someone entry into the UK?

I fully expect to hear someone from UKIP coming out and decrying the decision to bar him entry. Then we can all comment on the colour of tea-making devices.
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post Nov 19 2014, 06:19 PM
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I don't have an issue with people who preach hatred being barred entry into the country. I don't see any real difference between that and barring entry to people who basically advocate rape, so I'm pleased with this.
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post Nov 19 2014, 06:26 PM
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From what I have read this character is a pretty unpleasant person. However, I'm not convinced that he should be banned from entering this country. Surely it would be better for him to face an audience of people who might challenge some of his views. Of course he can still appear via video link which makes the ban rather pointless.
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post Nov 19 2014, 10:50 PM
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Is he advocating rape though? The guy is clearly a moron but that is not a reason to ban someone from entering the UK.

I mean look at Dapper Laughs - the public celebrated his No.15 single earlier this year with "Proper Moist" and he is a complete and utter TOOL.
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post Nov 19 2014, 11:07 PM
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QUOTE(Doctor Blind @ Nov 19 2014, 10:50 PM) *
Is he advocating rape though? The guy is clearly a moron but that is not a reason to ban someone from entering the UK.

OTOH, if we can use that as an excuse to prevent Cameron re-entering the country from his next trip / holiday, perhaps it's worth thinking about.
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post Nov 19 2014, 11:14 PM
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post Nov 20 2014, 10:35 AM
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I believe this particular tool has been banned from other countries too. He is unwelcome in Japan, there is talk of Brazil barring him and Australia physically threw him out after they rescinded his visa while he was onshore.
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post Nov 24 2014, 10:23 PM
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QUOTE(Silas @ Nov 20 2014, 10:35 AM) *
I believe this particular tool has been banned from other countries too. He is unwelcome in Japan, there is talk of Brazil barring him and Australia physically threw him out after they rescinded his visa while he was onshore.

lol defo thought you were actually talking about pav
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post Nov 24 2014, 10:34 PM
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He was.
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post Nov 27 2014, 07:34 AM
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how did silas find out

i'm gonna fire all of my PR staff
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post Jan 19 2016, 09:53 PM
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you can be banned because of breaking the law of the country that you visit and so on
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