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After a impressively terrible 2014, Don Lemon starts off the year right by hopping in CNN's specially-equipped "Blizzardmobile" and reporting from the streets of New York. The one problem of course being that New York City's snow estimates were way off and nearly all of it is gone as of Tuesday morning.
Viewers noted that the Blizzardmobile was routinely passed by such anti-winter assault vehicles as the Toyota Prius and by all appearances was just a regular van. If only this had happened instead:
In case you haven't been following the drama surrounding Julien Blanc, here's a recap:
Blanc works for a Canadian company/cabal/loosely affiliated group of douchebags called Real Social Dynamics, or RSD. The premise? Simple: sexually frustrated men pay thousands of dollars to attend RSD seminars, in which pickup artists teach these men the art of seduction. What began as a dubious, goofy but relatively innocuous business in the mid 2000s with pickup artists like Mystery and Neil Strauss has since morphed into a far more distressing and misogynistic enterprise. Pickup artists like the ones in RSD's employ have begun advocating more and more sexually aggressive overtures aimed at seducing women in clubs and bars. For example, one of Julien Blanc's signature pickup moves involved choking women and spontaneously shoving their heads down toward his crotch. And let's not even get started on RSD's founder Owen Cook a.k.a. "Tyler Durden." His pickup moves speak for themselves. I don't think I ever saw this kind of crap on VH1's The Pickup Artist.
What began as posts on social theory and evolutionary psychology largely confined to obscure internet forums has become a profitable industry that seeks to mitigate the insecurities of men by exploiting the insecurities of women. The seduction community has steadily and more frequently used the handbook for abusive partners as its primer in cornering women in a club and bogarting them into giving up sex, all while making it's sleazy frontmen wealthy in the process.
Thankfully, the era of viral content on the internet has given offered a formidable backlash to people like Julien Blanc, who has since had his visa invalidated in Australia, Brazil, and Japan, effectively banning him from entering any of those countries. Mainstream media is also taking heed, and a prime example is above, wherein Blanc gets a smaller dose of his own medicine: pushed, intimidated, and shamed into being contrite. The difference between Blanc and the women in the clubs he frequents? Blanc totally deserves this.