Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Ban That Means Nothing

Last week, I laughed at the online petition to ban US-based "pick-up artist" Julien Blanc from entering Singapore. I mean a petition to ban someone who didn’t have any intention of entering the country? That just makes no sense right?

Well, the Singapore government obviously don’t care much about making sense because they just agreed with the petition to “ban” the man from Singapore. According to the government statement, Mr. Blanc is barred from entering Singapore "especially if he is here to hold seminars or events that propagate violence against women".

All great and swell, everyone can thump his/her chest and say they did a good thing. Only one problem; the man wasn’t coming to Singapore. He never had any intention of coming to Singapore. So to ban him from coming to a country which he wasn't going to means…well, nothing. 

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