‘Creepy’ pick-up artist’s visa axed

Written By komlim puldel on Jumat, 07 November 2014 | 20.01

A seminar on how to pick up women that was being run by the assistant of controversial pick up artist Julien Blanc was crashed by protestors

Protesters blocked the boat holding the dating seminar at Southbank last night. Picture: Rob Leeson. Source: News Corp Australia

Scott Morrison said the Immigration Department had received a complaint about Mr Blanc, investigated it, and cancelled his visa. Source: Supplied

'SEXIST' Julien Blanc was forced to leave Australia because Immigration Minister Scott Morrison cancelled his visa.

The controversial self-described pick-up artist, who claims he teaches socially awkward men to meet women — but appears to advocate choking and intimidating women as part of his techniques — fled Australia on Thursday night.

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The Como Hotel refused to let him hold a seminar in the venue once they discovered his background, and protesters disrupted attempts to hold it on a boat at Southbank.

His hotel Bayview on Park also booted him out.

Mr Morrison said the Immigration Department had received a complaint about Mr Blanc, investigated it, and cancelled his visa.

"This guy wasn't pushing forward political ideas, he was putting a view that was derogatory to women and that's just something that our values abhor in this country," he said. "The matter was raised with us, and we had it investigated, and we had this fellow looked at.''

Mr Morrison would not say on what grounds Mr Blanc's visa was cancelled.

He arrived in Australia on a visitor's visa, which allows very limited business activities and is mostly designed for tourists.

Mr Blanc was charging up to $300 to attend his seminars.

Mr Morrison said he did not regularly cancel people's visas.

A strong social media campaign and a petition calling for his visa to be cancelled helped run Mr Blanc out of town.

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay, working to end violence against women, said Mr Blanc's commentary was "deeply disturbing and offensive".

"Labelling women as objects and actively promoting the abuse of women degrades the dignity of our whole community," Mr Lay said. "I'm proud Victoria has taken this stance against violence. It gives me confidence that we are moving in the right direction."

The Swiss-born, American-based Mr Blanc markets himself as a dating coach who helps men who have difficulty attracting women to "pick up".

But his aggressive techniques and suggestions have led to him being accused of encouraging sexual violence against women.

ellen.whinnett@news.com.au

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