WASHINGTON — Julien Blanc, a self-described “pickup artist” and spokesperson for a group called Real Social Dynamics, is promoting misogynistic and racist attitudes through his seminars on how to attract women, according to a bulletin from the Japanese American Citizens League.
He has recently targeted Japanese women specifically.
In one of his seminar recordings, he advises attendees to physically grab Japanese women and assault them because “if you’re a white male [in Tokyo] you can do what you want. I’m just romping through the streets, just grabbing girls’ heads [and pulling them to my crotch] … yelling ‘Pikachu.'”
Blanc has several “boot camp” seminars around the world planned, many in cities with a JACL presence.
Concerned community members have started an online petition on Change.org. The petition urges hotels to stop hosting his seminars and for digital media content providers iTunes and Rackspace to remove his content from their libraries.
This petition has successfully put pressure on hotels in Seattle and Austin, as well as Melbourne and Brisbane in Australia, to cancel Blanc’s seminars, and helped create enough outrage that Australia revoked his visa and banned him from the country.
An article in The Japan Times describes similar efforts and petitions in Japan opposing Blanc and his scheduled visit to Tokyo this month.