Planned pick-up artist seminar 'absolutely shocking'

  • 19/01/2016
Julien Blanc (Facebook)
Julien Blanc (Facebook)

The father of a schoolgirl who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend is appalled that a group promoting violence against women wants to hold a lecture in New Zealand.

Real Social Dynamics (RSD) is affiliated with Julien Blanc, a self-proclaimed pick-up artist described by Time magazine as possibly the "most hated man in the world". Their seminars, which reportedly teach men to choke females into submission and mentally abuse them, have caused controversy around the world.

In 2014, Mr Blanc – who the group said would not be at the New Zealand seminar – had his visa cancelled and was deported from Australia after a petition was launched to kick him out of the country.

Another RSD 'instructor', Jeff Allen, would be attending the New Zealand lecture, which is reportedly scheduled for April 21, the group said.

Mark Longley, whose daughter Emily was choked to death by her ex-boyfriend Elliot Turner nearly five years ago, says the group is not welcome here.

"Some of their messages around choking women and using physical dominance to control just sound absolutely shocking and appalling," Mr Longley told RadioLIVE.  

"It's not the kind of message we're trying to promote in New Zealand, we're trying very strongly to move away from that kind of thing here.

"I think there's been a lot of progress made over the past 12 to 24 months both by government and social communities and I think it would be a real step backwards if we allow a group like this to come and lecture in New Zealand, which would be a shame because a lot of people have worked hard."

Women's Refuge New Zealand has started a social media campaign against RSD, using the hashtag #NoYouAreBloodyNot.

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