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Korea to deny entry to pickup artist Julien Blanc

Lee Tae-hoon
Written by Lee Tae-hoon

Julien Blanc, a self-described pickup artist, will unlikely be able to enter Korea as it is becoming evident that his sexually abusive and racist tricks go against the country’s “morals and customs,” an immigration official said Thursday.

“If by any chance he arrives in Korea, we will take an action,” the official told The Korea Observer on the condition of anonymity.

“Of course, we will deny his entry if he were to enter Korea with such an intent.”

Julien Blanc is a Switzerland-born American affiliated with the Real Social Dynamics, a group of pickup artists who sell “how to get laid” DVDs and charge men up to $3,000 for their secret dating tricks.

The 25-year-old has become one of the most hated men in the world after a video of him choking random women on the street hit the headlines.

His techniques, which include grabbing women’s heads and pulling them into his crotch, have caused widespread outrage.

Tweets from Julien Blanc

Tweets from Julien Blanc

Border Control Division of the Korea Immigration Service has yet to receive or review any official complaint regarding Julien Blanc’s visit but it is keeping a close eye on him, the official said.

“As we learned about him through news and our information is limited. I cannot give a definite answer for now,” he said, adding that his team will need to examine his alleged misdeeds before reaching a decision

“Generally, we start our investigation once the head of a government body seeks a ban of a foreigner.”

Article 11 of the Immigration Control Act stipulates that the justice minister has authority to prohibit the entry of a foreigner if the person is “deemed likely to commit any act detrimental to good morals and customs.”

The minister may also ban a foreigner who is “deemed likely to commit any act detrimental to national interests of Korea or public safety.

In just a day after an online petition was launched Wednesday to bar his entry to Korea, it attracted more than 20,000 signatures.


Julien Blanc’s schedule as of November 9

Julien Blanc was scheduled to hold seminars in Korea in early December this year, but he apparently withdrew his plans in the face of mounting pressure.

He had his visa cancelled last week by Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison because of growing concerns over the sexist and misogynistic content of his seminars.

Morrison told Sky News that Blanc “was putting forward abuse (toward women),” and that “those are values are abhorred in this country.”

Julien Blanc will also likely be barred from entering Canada where he was scheduled to hold seminars on how to “Make Girls BEG To Sleep With You After SHORT-CIRCUITING Their Emotional And Logical Mind.”

Canada’s Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said Monday that Blanc’s seminars “completely counter to Canadian values and common decency,” suggesting that the government is considering options to bar his entry into Canada.

Britain is also considering a ban on the pickup artist.

Some, however, have expressed concerns over the ongoing move to stop Julien Blanc from entering another country.

Andy Semotiuk, a U.S. and Canadian immigration lawyer, argued that the basic principles of free speech are at stake in his contributing article to Forbes.

“But simply put, there is no such evidence in Blanc’s case,” he said.

“Blanc’s views are repugnant and vile, his motivations are barbaric, but in our democracy nobody should be denied entry to Canada simply based on their views.”

Roger Fusselman, English instructor at Sookmyung Women’s University’s Lingua Express, is also opposed to petitions that call for imposing a ban on Julien Blanc.

“We cannot simply petition to bar someone from entry. That’s mob rule, not law,” he said.

“That could have negative implications to the freedom of a country if this were allowed.”

Nevertheless, Rydia Kim, who launched the petition to ban Blanc’s visit to Korea, countered criticism from people who claim the method she chose to block him was anti-democratic and ineffective.

“We firmly believe preventing people like him to come into Korea to cause further crimes of violence against women is crucial,” she said.

“This isn’t an issue of free speech. It is an issue of hate speech that he and his organization spread around the world.”

Rydia Kim, Varyd owner and co-leader of Disruptive Voices, argued that the launch of an online petition was the best fit for Blanc’s case as it was precedent in other countries like Canada, Australia, Japan and Britain.


Click HERE to view the petition launched by Disruptive Voices.

About the author

Lee Tae-hoon

Lee Tae-hoon

Lee Tae-hoon is publisher at The Korea Observer. He previously worked for the Korea Times and Arirang TV. You can reach him at lee@koreaobserver.com.

  • http://www.kimchibytes.com/ kimchibytes

    Ban his ass. It’s the right thing to do.

  • reallypeoplecomeon

    I don’t understand how people are arguing saying he has the right to free speech when it’s not just his words but his actions that are a problem~ grabbing random women and assaulting them on the street. For those that argue for his right to enter a country, as a guest no less, I wonder if they would be so supportive if he was grabbing their heads and forcing them toward his crotch.

    • Mario Jones

      There was no “grabbing” and there was no “assault.” you even using the word “force” is just semantics. Those 2 girls in the video could have just run away if they wanted but they were still hanging around Julien the whole time and laughing. Maybe it was an awkward, even wierd situation, but they knew he was just joking around.


      • dsmith

        Mario, he assaulted women in Japan by forcing their head to his crotch. You don’t see the problem which means you are part of the problem.

      • Aele

        “she could have run away if she didn’t like it”… spoken like a true douche.

        • Mario Jones

          so you stick around and argue with a guy who is saying something you don’t like? spoken like a true bitch who likes to provoke men into slapping her and then claims he’s an asshole because “men should never hit women.”

          • Audra Tallis

            Enjoy dying a bitter angry virgin.

          • Na Omi

            who’s provoking who? are you saying men are not in control with their feelings??? are you saying men are incapable of handling themselves??? is this how men justify abuse??? men are insane! honestly i cant just wait for the rapture!

      • goodpie

        Next time I see you, I’ll push your face into my balls and see how much you enjoy my joking around, right? You’re a damn fool.

      • Elena
        • Elena

          Sorry, forgot to add a description. It’s about a first encounter with Julien over the summer when someone matched with him on Tinder.

    • Sadiepayne

      I see this perv is coming to Texas. If he thinks he can pull those tricks and get away with it, he’d better think again. Our daddies have taught us to shoot and we carry our pink glocks in our designer handbags. He is going to get some dork killed!

  • Na Omi

    what i dont get is why there is a person going on seminar tours on how to manipulate women like how trash bag can you be????? and dont even start me with his tweets like for sure he’s one of those men who will take advantage of women when theyre drunk and believe like there’s nothing wrong with it. honestly? execute him (and his apologists) open fire with no blind fold. the less misogynistic white cis male on this planet the better .

  • Roberto Matus

    Such democracy

  • Peter Hargreaves

    What this points to is a deeper issue of male oppression and the society-created myth that the only way for a man to be close and intimate with someone is through sex with a women. I signed the petition against blanc, but I think until we address the issue that men are not allowed to be emotional, to cry, to be intimate with other men, or to be peaceful without being seen as weak or gay, the problem will continue.

  • Aele

    “right to free speech” yet….we banned Westboro from entering the country. This immigration lawyer is an idiot.

  • http://dagwolf.tumblr.com/ dagWolf

    Dig the guy from Sookmyeong Women’s Uni standing up for a misogynist pos like Julien Blanc. Listen, Roger, publicly humiliating, harassing, and physically abusing women in public is not protected speech. I’ll tell you what. I live in Seoul. You work with a couple of my friends. They’ll know who this is. Just ask them to put your in touch with me.

    I’ll gladly choke you in front of a crowd in Hyehwa or Sinchon or Hongdae or HBC. You name it Roger. I’ll show up and shove your face into crotch, put my hands around your neck. You know, according to you, it’s protected speech, no matter how repugnant. Better you than a young woman.

    Let’s illustrate your love of free speech.

    I’m sure your supervisor at Sookmyeong will love to know this is how you represent your school in the English language press.

  • Leif Erikson

    Foreign infiltrators from a colonial force who openly advocate sexual abuse seek to train expats in Korea how to influence local women to provide sex. Korea’s seen that before. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comfort_women

  • Elena

    A very nice overview of how he Julien acts around women. It’s insane: http://tindersfinestbachelors.tumblr.com/post/101828535893/his-mother-must-be-proud

  • Audra Tallis

    He’s a rapist. The entire lot of them are, or make no secret about the fact that they have it will try to rape. They just don’t use the word. The issue isn’t free speech, but women’s safety. That’s far more important than protecting some useless rapist.

  • quinonanox

    He can say whatever he wants to say, but that protection does not in ANY way extend to putting his hands on a woman without her consent. Many of us are ignored or threatened with violence when a man does this and we say no, or stop, or please don’t touch me without permission. It’s utterly terrifying and it’s why a lot of women are conditioned to curl up and bear it in the hopes that it will go away and she’ll get out of it scared but alive.

    He is assaulting these women, there is absolutely no question. Even the law backs it up wholesale.

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  • Zuikurkler Yamizangthang

    I don’t understand how this punk is still alive and walking free. Shouldn’t this asshole be in prison by now? He should be barred from ALL countries. Ship this ass and strap him to rockets when sending him to the space.

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