Blanc's posting of the graphic was accompanied by the description and hashtag "May as well be a checklist.... In a November 17, 2014 interview on CNN, Blanc denied that he used the graphic in his seminars or for dating advice, instead saying "this is so far in the opposite direction of what I teach, that I stupidly thought, you know mocking it would be funny." Blanc stated in his CNN interview that he was not actually applying force to the woman's neck, and that his intent in posting the photos in that way was merely to provoke shock, and was a "horrible attempt at humor." By November 6, 2014, Li's social media campaign had led to Blanc's and Real Social Dynamics events in Melbourne, Brisbane, Austin, and Seattle being shut down and in online ticketing service Eventbrite removing all Real Social Dynamics events from its site.
Scheduled "boot camps" in Japan and also in Canada were canceled by Real Social Dynamics until further notice around November 13 out of a fear that their instructor's safety could not be guaranteed; contact would be via Twitter and You Tube instead.
Julien Blanc is an instructor employed by Real Social Dynamics, a U.
S.-based company which offers seminars and "boot camps" throughout the world to men seeking instruction on how to meet and seduce women.
Australia's Immigration minister Scott Morrison told Sky News: "This guy wasn’t putting forward political ideas, he was putting forward abuse that was derogatory to women ...
those are values abhorred in this country." Alleging that permitting Blanc into the country “legitimises sexual assault and predation” and that his pick-up techniques “directly exploit vulnerable men who buy into rape culture and end up believing that this is an appropriate way to behave,” shadow home secretary (Labour) Yvette Cooper called upon Home Secretary Theresa May to deny Blanc entry to the country.
Besides the Tokyo video, Blanc's critics have noted other issues which they allege prove that Blanc promotes and teaches domestic violence and emotional abuse as a form of seduction.
On one occasion Blanc posted a "Power and Control Wheel" graphic associated with the Duluth model intended to illustrate ways in which women in abusive relationships are controlled and abused by their male partners.