Controversial “pick-up artist” to be allowed entry into Denmark
Julien Blanc – the self-proclaimed pick-up coach who has already been denied entry into the United Kingdom, Singapore and Australia – will encounter no such difficulties when he comes to Denmark in two months' time.
He is set to host two workshops in January, and although an online petition calling for him to be denied entry into Denmark currently has 3,595 signatures, it won't succeed in blocking his entry.
"His courses are distasteful and I completely distance myself from them. But under the rule of law, we can't ban him from entering Denmark," said Socialdemokraterne justice spokesperson Trine Bramsen.
"What we can do is encourage people – which I personally will do my utmost to – to boycott his workshops,"
Most hated man in the world
Blanc was recently described by Time Magazine as the most hated man in the world. He earns his living by hosting bootcamps in which he shares experiences and techniques that are meant to facilitate the process of picking up women. These techniques are of an extremely misogynistic nature and objectify women in an extremely distasteful manner, going as far as encouraging subjects to simulate rape.
This led to him being banned from entering the UK and Australia. However, Denmark does not have any laws in which petitions can lead to individuals being denied entry.
"If you want to ban someone from entering Denmark, then that person must have committed a crime or have no legal business in Denmark. There has to be a legitimate reason, and harbouring unpleasant attitudes towards women is unfortunately not enough. The United Kingdom and Australia have different legal principles, which is why they have been able to blacklist him," cocluded Bramsen.
Too little too late
Blanc, aware of all the abuse he has received, recently appeared in a televised interview on CNN in which he held up his hands and apologised for any offence he may have caused. It might just be a case of too little too late for the Swiss-born American.