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George Godley: Terrible Pickup Artist, Worse Human Being

Woman fleeing encounter with Godley (on left, in white).
Woman fleeing encounter with Godley (on left, in white).

Well, I have to give the terrible, terrible fellows at PUAhate credit for one thing: it was thanks to a post there that I ran across the videos of the exceedingly creepy pickup “artist” and minor Youtube celebrity that I’d like to bring to your attention today.

Meet George Godley, possibly the world’s worst pickup artist. Actually, I’m being a bit generous in my description here, because there is no artistry at all to what he does, just a gimmick: he carries a small video camera with him as he wanders the streets of London, apparently thinking that this gives him an excuse to waylay every attractive young woman who’s unfortunate enough to wander into his field of vision.

Godley apparently wants us to believe he’s “flirting” with the women he so awkwardly approaches, but flirting, like the Tango, takes two, and all but a few of the women in his videos make it abundantly clear from the get-go that they want nothing to do with him. This doesn’t seem to faze him much, and he plunges ahead, trying his best to keep up with them as they endeavor to escape his presence as quickly as possible.

Take the unfortunate woman who catches his eye at the start of this video, and who finally manages to make her escape a little short of the one-minute mark.

In this next video – skip ahead to about 50 seconds in to avoid some rather pointless wandering about — we see two failed “flirts.” His first attempt, if we can call it that, consists of nothing more than him standing in the vicinity of an attractive woman while surreptitiously filming her. After giving up on her without saying a word he runs smack into the “beauty” of the video’s title, and pesters her for about a minute until she manages to get away.

After a brief and awkward attempt at conversation punctuated by her nervous laughter, Godley gamely tries to convince “Beauty” that he’s “doing a movie for the festivals.” When she asks which festivals he’s talking about he unconvincingly stammers something about “Cannes, Sund – the usual circuit.” Even though she clearly wants to put as much distance between herself and him as she possibly can, he tries to force his card on her and plaintively asks “do you want to meet again?” The answer, a nervous “no.”

This next encounter – in which our hero barges into a restaurant to pester a woman who apparently looked briefly in his direction as he walked by outside — even Godley recognizes is a flat-out failure.

Godley has posted literally hundreds, maybe even thousands, of these “flirt” videos. None of the ones I’ve seen have gone well. Once in a while an exceptionally tolerant woman will chat with him briefly without actively trying to flee; that seems to be about as good as it gets. The rest document what is essentially serial street harassment, with Godley approaching woman after woman, none of whom give him any indication that they want to talk to him, and “flirting” with them until they can get away from him. It’s the same story, again and again and again.

Why does he do this, making video after video of these so-called “flirtations” and posting them on Youtube? Is he simply a masochist, approaching women he surely knows have no interest in talking to him, much less “flirting,” and posting evidence of his humiliating failures to Youtube for all the world to see?

Perhaps. But even more disturbing than the masochism is Godley’s obvious sadism. Despite his social awkwardness, it’s clear from the videos that Godley knows full well that the overwhelming majority of the women he “flirts” with just want to be left alone; it’s clear from their body language before he approaches them, and from everything they say and do after he starts talking to them. If a woman literally flees from you, that generally means she’s not into your shit.

But Godley doesn’t really need to be reminded of this. He’s well aware that he makes women uncomfortable — in this video he asks a woman if she’s really talking on her phone or just trying to get rid of him. But that doesn’t stop him.

He’s not missing the social cues; he’s deliberately ignoring the clear “noes” these women either tell him outright or telegraph with their facial expressions and body language as clearly as if they were shouting “no” to his face. Were he to approach random men on the street in a similar way, he would almost certainly get himself punched on a regular basis.

Luckily for him, he’s approaching women, and they’re much smaller than he is. It’s telling that he almost always approaches individual women, not the “sets” of two or more favored by most pickup artists, and that he seems to prefer approaching the supposedly more pliable Eastern European women also favored by so many manosphere assholes and creepy pickup artists.

Godley’s not-so-well-hidden hostility towards the women he approaches comes to the surface at the end of this video, in which he attempts to “flirt” with a woman photographing a tree and then then asks for her phone number as she tries to get away, an all-too-common ending to his videos. SPOILER ALERT: She doesn’t give it to him. SPOILER ALERT NUMBER TWO: He pretends he didn’t really want it anyway.

Even if Godley has managed to collect a few genuine phone numbers or email addresses along the way – and I’ve seen nothing to indicate that this is a regular or even an irregular occurrence – his alleged “success” in this endeavor comes at a steep cost. Not just to his pride – I don’t actually give a shit about that – but to the hundreds if not thousands of women he’s harassed along the way.

George Godley, a terrible pickup artist and an even worse human being.

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Joanna
8 years ago

Video evidence for anyone who needs a restraining order =P

titianblue
titianblue
8 years ago

I won’t watch the videos because, for me, it feels too like colluding in the harassment – I assume he doesn’t ask any woman’s permission before filming her and posting her image on youtube?

historophilia
historophilia
8 years ago

Blah, I’m not going to watch those videos, but that is London bus in the background of the second video.

THIS FUCKER IS LOOSE IN MY GODDAMNED CITY!

I suppose that at least I’m forewarned should I ever see this guy.

I don’t think I’m his type luckily, by the stills in the embedded videos he likes long dark brown hair. Well me and my pixie cut are therefore safe thank heavens.

Also my chronic bitch face and 90 mile an hour walk.

Plus my ability to shut down people who try to talk to me on the street with truly shattering politeness.

All of which methods I developed to avoid being stopped by Charity Muggers, but hey they work on creepy dudes as well.

historophilia
historophilia
8 years ago

Oh and good point TitianBlue, he hasn’t asked these women to put footage of them on the internet. That is definitely not ok.

Wetherby
Wetherby
8 years ago

I did watch the last one, and much like his would-be paramour I found my attention desperately wandering around the image trying to spot something diverting because what was going on in the middle was so toe-curlingly embarrassing.

So it was actually surprisingly nostalgic, as I used to know Soho Square in central London very well, but haven’t been there for years. It was a great place for lazy, sunlit lunchtime relaxation, although it presumably helps if you’re not George Godley’s type.

pillow in hell
pillow in hell
8 years ago

Yeah, I didn’t watch the video, but the smile that woman in the third one…it looks like she’s thinking “you’ll be one sorry motherfucker as soon as I extrude my fangs”.

And the guy clearly understands that his attentions are unwanted? Color me shocked. The guy gets off on knowing that he’s placed women in a difficult predicament and they really want to get away? I’m floored.

Also, mister personality from the last thread, watch this asshole and the reactions he gets and realize that women deal with a lot of these asswipes and the attention is often a lot worse.

Shiraz
Shiraz
8 years ago

One day he will meet the wrong end of a tazer. Pepper spray seems to be in his future as well. Too bad he won’t be sharing those moments on YouTube.

Bagelsan
Bagelsan
8 years ago

One of those women should ask to see his camera and then “drop” it. Repeatedly.

Cthulhu's Intern
8 years ago

Jesus christ, I cringed at every one of these. And then I looked at his channel and I actually jumped at the number. At the time of this writing 12,245 videos. That’s more than half of the videos of the channel with the most videos, Machinima, and Machinima is an entertainment company. Thankfully, judging by the comments on them, most people don’t seem to like his videos much at all.

Seriously, what is the point of these videos? I seriously cannot figure it out.

pillow in hell
pillow in hell
8 years ago

The point of his videos? Wank material for the many men who also get off on street harassing women.

Howard Bannister
8 years ago

@Cthulhu’s Intern:

Cornering one woman and talking to her while she tries to get away is a thrill of control and dominance and power.

Posting and bragging about it is a way of dragging the experience out. Saying how normal it is. And reliving the experiences.

It’s a trophy.

pillow in hell
pillow in hell
8 years ago

Also, as tempting as it would be to drop the camera, taking it from him would leave both of his hands free. I’m not sure it would be a desirable outcome.

So one guy, one guy… Has over twelve thousand street harassment hits. That’s just one man.

Howard Bannister
8 years ago

….ugh, yuck, and where’s the brain bleach?

Ah, here it is.

cloudiah
8 years ago

I don’t want to give him any more views either, so I’ll just stick with everyone’s descriptions. 0_0

More brain bleach.

Cthulhu's Intern
8 years ago

Wait, I’m actually looking at this channel. Now, I’m not saying that there isn’t WAY too many of these “flirt” videos, but it seems to be less than 50%. This is just some guy with an ego so large, astronomers will have to start all over again when it comes to estimating the size of the universe. Take this video. It’s literally just him going shopping. He isn’t talking to anyone except, from what I’ve seen, (I’m not going to watch that whole video because I have way better things to do, like watch paint dry) he reminds the woman in front of him in line at the cash register that she forgot something, and has a very brief, very ordinary conversation with the cashier.

Cthulhu's Intern
8 years ago

Forgot link.

Wetherby
Wetherby
8 years ago

Mr Godley is interviewed on Reddit here.

The general consensus is that he’s creepy.

Not a startling revelation, admittedly.

Cthulhu's Intern
8 years ago

Wetherby, by what he’s saying, he actually seems to be genuinely oblivious to the fact that he’s creepy, even when he’s directly told he is. He’s got so much of an ego that he actually thinks that they want to talk to him and that every single person in that thread except for him is wrong. I’m pretty sure this is a case of a man with a ridiculously huge ego.

cloudiah
8 years ago

I hate it when people try to tell David what to write about on his own damn blog, but … I’ll just say people are encouraged to re-blog this evidence that the young woman from the Steubenville case is an impressive human being. She is asking people who want to show support to donate to a shelter that supports victims of domestic violence. (In before MRA shrieking — they help men too, but their focus is on helping low income families.)

historophilia
historophilia
8 years ago

Cloudiah, that’s awesome, I have a PayPal so I may well donate.

Also as soon as I get home and can go on tumblr I will reblog that.

Oh here’s an idea, does anyone here have tumblr? My tumblr name is “theplaceinsidetheblizzard”. I don’t post anything really original bar the odd though about Feminism but it’d be nice to have some of you guys on there. I’ll follow back of course.

Redcap
Redcap
8 years ago

If I ever ran into this guy, I’d do one of two things:
1) Ask to see his video camera and toss it into the street. Preferably when there are plenty of cars going by. Any charges or fines acquired would be worth it.
2) Pull out a camera of my own and film him right back. Hopefully he would freak out and try to get away, meaning I could do a little table-turning and see how he likes being creeped on.

Some Gal Not Bored at All
Some Gal Not Bored at All
8 years ago

More brain bleach: A True Pick-Up Artist

(I finally got some of the pics of my cat up. I still have to find – or retake muahaha – the ones of her in her little hats.)

Cthulhu's Intern
8 years ago

Redcap: Actually, he’d probably love it if you did that. He has that much of an ego and doesn’t have people doing this to him all the time.

Falconer
8 years ago

I’m not going to watch any of those videos, but I just want to say that the thumbnail for the last video David posted is a woman with a camera and a very tight smile that does not reach her eyes at all.

I’m talking DEATH GLARE.

Jesus, this Godfrey wanker’s entitled.

Catfish
Catfish
8 years ago

You know, this is almost hilarious. Almost. Too bad the amusement is ruined by the street harassment and the fact that he most likely has posted all of these videos without the permission of the women they feature.
Which reminds me – is his face visible in any of his videos ? I really don’t want to watch them myself, this shit creeps me out enough as it is.

Is G.G. even his real name ?

nerdypants
nerdypants
8 years ago

I got to the 1 minute mark of the first vid and had to stop *cringes*

DoubleAsaurus
DoubleAsaurus
8 years ago

Redcap: I have to agree with Cthulhu’s Intern; he actually makes a point of filming himself in some of the videos, so I imagine he’d be quite pleased to be filmed by one of these women.

Which I suppose answers Catfish’s question. He films himself in the mirror in the “fail” video (although why the others aren’t also considered fails totally eludes me), and he turns the camera on himself in another of the videos (not sure which one, and I’m certainly not going to watch them again to figure it out). He apparently seems to feel no shame about what he is doing.

Kakanian
Kakanian
8 years ago

Never before has: “I’ve seen some shit” been more appropriated.

Jesus Christ.

Howard Bannister
8 years ago

@Kakanian:

Never before has: “I’ve seen some shit” been more appropriated.

It took me embarrassingly long to figure out that was a typo. I was all like, ‘wait, how is that appropriation? What don’t I know? Should I ask? I feel stupid for not knowing.’

Maudell
Maudell
8 years ago

The phone number shtick reminds me of strangers who’d occasionally call me a whore for declining their classy proposition for sex. I found that so weird. Now it’s clearer that their little precious ego was bruised that a woman less than half his age (for some reason, the fifty somethings are big into that) dares to actively be attractive to him on purpose and then reject him. *shudder*

Hank
Hank
8 years ago

He conflicted about his masochism. I reckon he’d be happier/more confortable if he accepted it and moved on to where others would be accepting of it too.

Hank
Hank
8 years ago

Having posted that, maybe he’s a switch who switches too often in appropriate venues.

Hank
Hank
8 years ago

Pish, I meant inappropriate.

nerdypants
nerdypants
8 years ago

Is he the same Geo Godley who flashed everyone on X-factor?

Hank
Hank
8 years ago

One last time, he’s an exhibitionist too.

nerdypants
nerdypants
8 years ago

Is he the same Geo Godley who flashed everyone on X-factor?

Yep, Internet says yes. (I’m a bit slow this morning here).

Argenti Aertheri
8 years ago

Masochist, sadist, top, bottom, Dom, switch, I don’t give a fuck, getting unwilling people in on your kink isn’t cool.

Not that I’d wish this guy on responsible kinksters, but yeah, trying to dominate people who aren’t consenting to that it, at best, abusive behavior. And provoking people into fulfilling your masochism isn’t any better.

So no, that behavior is still harassment and not fucking cool.

Hank
Hank
8 years ago

The sadist side of a switch wants unwilling people – it makes the sadism more sadistic. Their masochistic side likes it too. What a world of fulfillment.

karak
karak
8 years ago

I’m always baffled by this kind of stuff. Why? I’ve been talked to, by men, in the streets (and in bars and restaurants and cafeterias and airports and buses and trains) and had lovely conversations that ended with me declining to give out my personal info, and they continued the conversation with interest, and it came to a natural conclusion when someone’s bus came/food arrived/lunch break was over/whatever happened.

Like… it’s not hard. It’s not thousands of times hard.

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
8 years ago

@ Historaphilia

Unfortunately I think I may be his type. This is the first valid reason I’ve had to be glad I’m not in London any more other than missing the whole Olympic mess.

I watched the one where he’s in Tesco and wow, other than the street harrassment this guy is the most boring video blogger of all time. Though he manages to creep out the cashier and some random young women in line behind him, so hey, can’t say he’s not consistent.

Argenti Aertheri
8 years ago

Hank, I can’t speak to the sadist side, but hi *waves* masochist here. And to avoid TMI’ing up this thread, I’m just going to say that it’s a whole lot better when your top does what you ask for. Masochist =/= I like any and all pain so just abuse me please (gods do I hate the stereotype, it’s used to say that masochists can’t be victims of domestic victim because hey, you like being hit, right? *bangs head on wall*)

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
8 years ago

There’s also the fact that “sadist” in a BSDM sense isn’t a synonym for “asshole”, or at least it shouldn’t be.

thebewilderness
thebewilderness
8 years ago

Public displays of dominance using a video camera as an excuse to prolong the harassment. He calls it flirt because that is the excuse street harassers use to justify their behavior. He does not seem to be able to pass a mirror without filming himself in it. Creepy d00d.

Hank
Hank
8 years ago

Argenti – masochist/sadist – both think they’ve got the power. Good luck to them both for being so monomaniacal.

hellkell
hellkell
8 years ago

Unfortunately I think I may be his type.

When my hair was longer, yes.

I’ll stick to the descriptions. This guy is a Grade-A creepy asshole.

Hank: as has been said, you don’t get to get your kink all over the unwilling. If you do, you’re an asshole.

hellkell
hellkell
8 years ago

Hank: I’m guessing you don’t know much about kink, but please keep digging. Watching some of the kinky regulars bury you will be a delight.

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
8 years ago

Also, not convinced that this guy is setting out to make women uncomfortable, he seems more like a combination of clueless, entitled, and selfish. I think he’d love for his approaches to be both smooth and well received, but he doesn’t have the personality to pull that off, and doesn’t care that failing to do so means that he’s making women annoyed and/or scared.

Example! Woman with the rictus grin in the last clip. A smart person with decent social skills would have used the fact that she was holding a nice camera as a conversation starter. A smart person would have also realized that filming someone without their permission while interrogating them about why they’re taking photos of something else is going to raise all kinds of red flags. But this guy is both clueless and entitled, so you get, well, these videos.

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