What do you think of the Julien Blanc fiasco?
Ling Qing Meng
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I didn’t follow it at all (the name sounds vaguely familiar, but that’s it), so I’ve had to google it now. Seems like the same stuff — an internet hate mob that takes on a life of its own, forgets that there’s a real person there, and loses sight of whether the story is a bit more complicated than it’s presented.

I don’t think Julien was actually advocating rape or sexual assault. I didn’t see the actual video, but I’m guessing it was taken out of context. Maybe he made some inappropriate rape jokes (and maybe some of his advice is even a bit creepy — some, but not all, of pickup artist advice is). I don’t know. But it’s pretty unlikely he was truly saying “yay rape.”

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