Julian Blanc apologised, but I’m not impressed…

“I just want to apologize to anyone I’ve offended in any way. This was never my intention and I just want to put it out there,” Blanc told CNN’s Chris Cuomo. “I’m extremely sorry,” Blanc continued. “Like, I feel horrible. I’m not going to be happy to feel like I’m the most hated man in the world. I’m overwhelmed by the way people are responding.”

The man has apologized, but I think it is a half assed, unapologetic type of apology. The type of squeaky sorry a kid makes for being outed.

I mean ladies: how would you like to get your head shoved in the direction of a man’s crotch? Would you be more likely to slap him or kiss him?

If your answer is ‘slap him’, you should sign the petition hoping the ban Mr Julien Blanc from entering Singapore. Julien Blanc is a self-professed pick up artist who uses a variety of… interesting (and downright insulting) methods such as intimidation, male privilege and emotional abuse to get with the ladies.

Blanc offers seminars to like-minded men who are desperate to pick up girls, although it remains to be seen if his advice actually works. After all, this is a guy who thinks there is nothing wrong in saying “If you’re a white male, you can do what you want. I’m just romping through the streets, just grabbing girls’ heads.” It’s quite telling, though, that his methods are hardly going to be frequently adopted by others, since he was ejected from Australia after his visa was cut short.

Besides Singapore, countries such as UK has also put into motions actions that will ban him from entering their country. Japan and Canada have also started petitions to ban him.

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While the sentiment is great – we don’t want our men to be taught to be self-entitled misogynist – the question remains regarding how successful this petition will be? Singapore has seen its fair share of petitions lately, including one to revoke Ms Han Hui Hui’s citizenship (which has over 6,000 signatures currently), very few of these petitions have seen any effect.

Another thing that should be taken into consideration is that as vile as his actions are, Blanc has yet to commit any crimes that will justify banning him from Singapore. Let’s just all get it out – his methods are disgusting, and I cannot understand why anyone on earth will think they will work. But is that reason enough to get someone banned from a country? That’s almost the equivalent of primary school politics, where friends shun another person simply because that person did something they didn’t like.

There are literally thousands of women-hating, self-entitled people out there, and it simply isn’t feasible to ban all of them from Singapore. At the end of the day, it’s virtually impossible and very much baseless to persecute someone for their beliefs, however skewed they may be.

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 One thing good came from all these petitions, though. It seems that Blanc has now realised how hated he is. In a televised interview with CNN, Blanc has apologised and even saying that he feels like he is the most hated man in the world, and calling the video of him choking a girl his attempt at ‘humour’.

 

 

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Audrey Kang

Audrey Kang is a born and bred Singaporean girl about to embark on a two year solo life abroad to study Politics and International Relations at the University of Melbourne. She's maniacal about reading and writing and will write almost everything from sports to travel to current affairs, and will even read the back of a milk carton if she's bored enough.

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  • “Singapore has seen its fair share of petitions lately, including one to revoke Ms Han Hui Hui’s citizenship (which has over 6,000 signatures currently), very few of these petitions have seen any effect.”

    May I suggest a revision to this: “While Singapore has recently seen a rise in the number of petitions which includes one seeking to revoke Ms Han Hui Hui’s citizenship – at present with 6,000 signatures – very few of these appear to have any impact.”

    I guess to me this sentence piqued my interest. Heh.

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