Julien Blanc's CNN Apology Labelled "Full Of Shit" By Campaigners
Canada, UK and Brazil considering banning the "pick-up" artist for promoting abusive and manipulative behavior towards women.
"I just wanted to apologise to people I have offended in anyway, it was never my intention and I just want to put it out there, I'm extremely sorry for everything that has happened," he told CNN's Chris Cuomo.
Blanc excused the more damaging online material — including tweets that encourage domestic violence to pick up women — calling it a "horrible attempt at humour" and adding that he did not teach it as part of the his seminar courses.
Jennifer Li, who started the original #TakeDownJulienBlanc campaign, told BuzzFeed News the apology is "full of shit... He is sorry he got caught, not for what he has done."
"He keeps denying that he has taught this stuff. How can you say you do not teach this when the video shows him telling men that it's OK to force women's heads on his crotch," she said.
The #TakeDownJulienBlanc campaign has been working for weeks to uncover how Blanc and the Real Social Dynamics group teach seminars full of men how to manipulate women in order to sleep with them.
"The whole of Real Social Dynamics is like this. Notice how he has not been fired or anything?" said Li.
Angie Taylor*, the 25-year-old Canadian woman who was chatted-up by Blanc on Tinder, agreed with Li that people should not be fooled by the apology.
"There are hours of seminar footage where Julien encourages and instructs men to objectify and manipulate women," she told BuzzFeed News.
"There is video of him saying that when he takes something too far, he'll 'save' the situation by saying 'just kidding.'"
YouTube footage, tweets and Instagram posts have been deleted since the #TakeDownJulienBlanc campaign started circulating them online to warn women in Australia, Canada, Brazil and the UK.