Australian officials barred Julien Blanc’s visa to the country earlier this month when videos and tweets from the misogynistic “dating coach” who works for company Real Social Dynamics went viral on the internet; in those videos and tweets, Blanc discusses his violent sexual harassment of Japanese women — including choking — while espousing other highly misogynistic views that represent an extreme version of the seduction community’s “dating game”. Protests were launched by DC-based activist Jennifer Li, who started the twitter hashtag #TakeDownJulienBlanc.
After Australia responded to widespread digital and offline outrage by condemning Blanc’s misogyny and objectification of women, activists then turned their attention to Canada. Thousands of tweets were tagged with the #KeepJulienBlancOutofCanada. Two women — journalist Kate Wheeler and actress Maria del Mar — independently created two petitions on Change.org asking Canadian immigration officials to deny Blanc an entry visa; as of the time of this writing, over 5,000 people had signed each petition.
Now, it seems like those efforts may have paid off: although Real Social Dynamics had until recently included a number of Canadian cities — including Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto — on their worldwide free workshop tour which may have included appearances by Blanc, those Canadian cities have now disappeared from the listing of cities that RSD’s free workshops are being offered in.