Visa ban for ‘sexist’ US date coach

Published: Wednesday 19th November 2014 by The News Editor

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An American “pick-up artist” who has been accused of misogyny because of his “sexist and utterly abhorrent” attitudes towards women has been banned from entering the UK.

Julien Blanc had been planning to hold seminars in the UK but has had his visa application turned down.

Confirming the decision, Home Office Minister Lynne Featherstone, who lobbied Home Secretary Theresa May to ban Mr Blanc, said: “Julien Blanc’s presence in the UK could have led to an increase in sexual violence and harassment. I am delighted that Mr Blanc won’t be coming to our shores.”

Mr Blanc has attracted a flurry of criticism for his advice on how to attract women.

It included several posts on social media which show Mr Blanc clasping his hands around women’s throats with the hashtag #ChokingGirlsAroundTheWorld, while he has also spoken of grabbing women and forcing them towards him.

Mr Blanc describes himself as an executive coach for Real Social Dynamics (RSD), “the international leader in dating advice”.

RSD’s website had been advertising a “bootcamp” to teach the firm’s techniques in London starting on November 27. Concern over Mr Blanc’s ability to attend has already seen some customers inquire about a refund.

A social media campaign in Australia saw him forced to cut short his visit there earlier this month.

A Home Office spokesman said the department would not comment on individual cases, but added: “The Home Secretary has the power to exclude an individual if she considers that his or her presence in the UK is not conducive to the public good or if their exclusion is justified on public policy grounds.

“It is longstanding practice that we do not comment on individual exclusion cases unless they are made public by the excluded individual.

“This Home Secretary has excluded more foreign nationals on the grounds of unacceptable behaviour than any before her.”

Published: Wednesday 19th November 2014 by The News Editor

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