fter terrorizing women in Taiwan last month, a foreign “pickup artist” has resurfaced in Hong Kong to try his luck with some unsuspecting and unfortunate ladies there.
28-year-old Nicholas Coakley goes by the name “Explorer Nick” online. He is a disciple of notorious fellow “pick-up artist” David Bond. Generally, the two spend much of their time traveling around Asia, shooting videos of themselves harassing women into giving them their phone numbers. The encounters are filmed via concealed cameras and often the women do not know they are being recorded. Some of the videos are edited in such a way to insinuate that the pick-up attempt leads to sex.
Over the past week, Explorer Nick has uploaded seven videos from Hong Kong onto his YouTube channel, with titles like “White Guy Dates Someone’s GF in HK,” “Explorer Nick Steals HK Girl From Chinese Guy,” “Chinese Girls Like Dating White Guys,” and “Talking to High School Girls in LKF.” The YouTube videos are only teasers, linking to a paid website called “HongKongGirlsEasy.com,” where Coakley promises his fans access to full, uncut videos if they pay a certain price. “See Raw Travel Clips Too Crazy For youtube,” the site promises.
Shanghaiist did not pay to see these videos, the clips on YouTube already being difficult enough to watch. Most of the women targeted by Coakley appear to want nothing to do with him as he tries lame pickup lines, makes racist remarks, and shows off his Mandarin with a flurry of “ni haos,” apparently unaware that he should be saying “nei ho.” Women that do talk to him or give him their number appear to do so out of an awkward politeness, unable to extricate themselves from the encounter otherwise.
Coakley’s accomplice, David Bond, made a name for himself in Hong Kong a few years ago with an infamous video showing himself “stealing” a local Hong Kong girl from her Asian boyfriend. The video, which now has more than 1 million views, created an uproar at the time, leading to a dirt-digging campaign from Hong Kong netizens against Bond.
Rather than outrage, Coakley’s videos have instead elicited annoyance and pity. In his most viewed video, in which he claims to have “stolen” a “Chinese guy’s” Hong Kong girlfriend, Coakley approaches a couple in a shopping mall and badgers the perplexed woman in front of her similarly confused boyfriend, asking for her phone number. Eventually, she relents, types a number into her phone, and leaves with her boyfriend. It seems rather unlikely that this encounter will lead to a salacious affair.
So far, Coakley has not managed to create the kind of stir in Hong Kong as he did last month in Taiwan, where a number of women accused him of filming them without their knowledge and consent and of editing the footage out of context.
After allegedly receiving threats that Taipei’s criminal underworld was after him and that they wanted to cut off his cock, Coakley issued a video apology for his actions, saying that he was sorry for being “racist” and “insulting towards women.”
However, the very next day, Coakley took back the apology, claiming that he had concocted the whole drama in order to drum up media attention for his videos — even retitling the apology video “LOL shanghaiist is FAKE NEWS.”
Earlier this year, Coakley also made a nuisance of himself in Thailand with a young Thai woman going to the police. The woman said that she was unaware she was being filmed by the so-called “pickup arist” and called on officers to arrest him.
According to Coconuts Bangkok, it is possible that Nick could be charged under Thailand’s computer crime laws for posting content online that is likely to expose another person to humiliation. The offense is publishable by up to three years in prison and a $6,000 fine.