Julien Blanc recently appeared on CNN apologizing for the content appearing in some of his undercover in-field videos, one where he meets a Japanese girl and begins playfully grabbing her on the neck.
He has since been banned from entering Australia and Korea, and perhaps also Canada, Japan, Great Britain, and Brazil and his name is actually being brought up in parliaments around the world.
Here’s a short 3-second clip of the interview for quick review:
So Julien, not only under criticism from the mainstream media and mainstream culture, has also come under criticism from his own fans and supporters for appearing nervous and apologetic in the interview.
I personally think he held himself together quite well considering the circumstances.
I mean, he went into a hostile environment where they wanted him to hang, and there’s hundreds of thousands of people watching on television—that’s a lot of social pressure to stand up to.
I think guys who criticize him for appearing nervous would, themselves, be curled up in the fetal position, balled up and crying if they were under the same situation and pressure.
It’s always easy to play Monday Morning Quarterback and say “I would have done this differently, I would have done that differently” when you’re sitting in the comfort of your chair, writing anonymously on a message board.
Another criticism Julien has come under is that, “He should have been more aggressive with the interview”, or not apologize, or try to takeover the frame and turn it back around on the CNN anchor, or be more clever or more defiant…
Personally, I think any of those would have backfired horribly.
CNN would have just cut the footage up however they liked, to make Julien look like a total douchebag, and then more news outlets would have picked up the story, and things would have gotten even worse for him.
So he did exactly the right thing and he did the smart thing, given the tough circumstances he was under, and I think looking nervous and appearing meek was exactly the right move in this case to take the heat off his back. It humanized himself to a mainstream audience and he came across as emotionally vulnerable and almost charming.
So what does this mean for RSD?
So what does this mean for RSD as a company, possibly the largest pickup company in the world at the moment? Does this effectively destroy it? Or will they bounce back stronger than ever…
First off, it looks like two of their trainers Brad and Alex, have distanced themselves from the company and removed the name RSD from their video channels. All of their videos have been removed from the RSD website.
So that certainly represents at least a temporary blow to the company.
But aside from that, there’s the argument that “all publicity is good publicity”, and the argument goes that millions of more guys now know about RSD due to all the controversy, the shit storm of negative press will eventually blow over, and the company will soon bounce back stronger than ever.
Well, I think it could go either way. In my opinion Owen Cook, aka Tyler, is the driving force behind the company, and he’s expressed interest before in getting out of teaching pickup.
I’m guessing that after all this drama, he may say, “Fuck it,” now’s the time to move on, and if that happens, I don’t think that RSD as a pickup company would really ever fully recover without him.
On the other hand, if Tyler decides that he wants to ride the wave of publicity, he wants to rebuild the company, then yes, they could bounce back even stronger potentially, maybe.
But the guy is in his mid-30s, he’s getting older, and he may very well be like, “Fuck it, I don’t want to deal with this bullshit anymore”. So at this point it’s hard to tell what will happen.
Final message to Julien, if you’re listening
Finally, to Julien, if you’re listening, you did an excellent job in the CNN interview.
A+, given the circumstances.
You held your composure well, and doing this interview will give the witch hunters the satisfaction they’re looking for, and it will allow the drama to pass.
I hope everything gets sorted out at your company. But whatever ends up happening, you’re going to be alright.