Home Office Lynne Featherstone has said her department is looking whether Julien Blanc, a 25-year-old instructor who promises to teach men how to manipulate women, can be denied a visa.
More than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling on Home Secretary Theresa May – Ms Featherstone’s boss – to ban Mr Blanc from the UK, saying his tactics legitimise “sexual assault and predation” and objectify women.
Ms Featherstone said. “As the Home Office minister with responsibility for tackling violence against women and girls, I am extremely concerned by the sexist and utterly abhorrent statements Julien Blanc has made about women.
“If he was allowed to perform in the UK I have no doubt that cases of sexual harassment and intimidation would increase.”
Mr Blanc’s website, called Pimping My Game, jokes that he can teach “emotionally scarring” and “evil” techniques to help men persuade women to have sex with them against their better judgement.
One video posted online shows Mr Blanc telling people “in Tokyo, if you’re a white male, you can do what you want”.
“I’m just romping through the streets, just grabbing girls’ heads,” he says.
The video also includes footage of him grabbing a woman’s head and yanking it towards his crotch.
Ms Featherstone added: “Free speech is obviously hugely important, but with free speech comes responsibility.
“It is not appropriate to talk about choking girls under any circumstances.”
Labour’s Yvette Cooper also urged a ban on Mr Blanc being given a visa.
The shadow home secretary pointed to reports of the pick-up artist having a history of behaviour that incites violence against women, including his promise to teach men how to overcome last-minute resistance from women to having sex.
“It is important that respect for the laws on sexual assault and violence are upheld and that we send a clear message from Britain about zero tolerance of violence against women and girls,” she said.
Mrs Cooper asked the Home Office to “urgently review this evidence and gather further evidence about his activities, with a view to exercising your exclusion powers to prevent him coming to the UK”.
The Home Secretary has the power to exclude an individual if she considers that his or her presence in the UK is not conducive to the public good.
“It is longstanding practice that we do not comment on individual exclusion cases unless they are made public by the excluded individual,” a statement from the Home Office said.
“This Home Secretary has excluded more foreign nationals on the grounds of unacceptable behaviour than any before her.”