Julien Blanc apologises: Pick-Up Artist To Be Denied Visa

Updated: November 19, 2014
Julien Blanc apologises: Pick-Up Artist To Be Denied Visa

Julien Blanc is to be stopped from entering the UK after more than 150,000 people signed a petition demanding that the UK deny him a visa.

The UK home secretary, Theresa May, has banned Blanc from entering the country on the grounds that his activities are “not conducive to the public good”, as the self-described “dating guru” was preparing to visit the UK in February as part of a world tour.

“Do not associate the U.K. with a man who chokes women around the world as part of his pickup game,” the petition said, referring to one of the techniques Blanc appears to promote in YouTube videos and via his website.

No comment from Blanc was immediately available but in an interview with U.S. television channel CNN earlier this week, he apologized for any offence he had caused.

“I 100 per cent take responsibility and I apologise 100 per cent for it. I’m extremely sorry. I’m not going to be happy to feel like the most hated man in the world,” he said when asked about the techniques in his videos, which he denied depicted choking.

Political pressure won out on Wednesday when Lynne Featherstone, a minister in the government department with responsibility for visa applications, said she was glad Blanc would not be coming to Britain.

“I am delighted that Mr Blanc won’t be coming to our shores,” she said in a statement. “[His] presence in the U.K. could have led to an increase in sexual violence and harassment.”

A Home Office spokesman said the department could not comment on individual cases.

Blanc had to leave Australia earlier this month after the country revoked his visa, saying he was promoting abuse that was derogatory to women.