Jack’d And Scruff Respond To Grindr
Everyone’s cashing in on one Grindr employee’s stupid Facebook post.
We shared with you earlier this week that Grindr’s President and Chief Technology Officer Scott Chen got himself into trouble after he posted to Facebook. Chen wrote that he thinks marriage between a man and a woman is holy, but gays can marry too.
Of course, other gay dating/hookup apps have jumped into the conversation. Why not? It’s free publicity and it’ll get them praise while kicking their biggest opponent down.
Jack’d, which has already taken the chance to strike at Grindr and claim itself the better service, was all too ready to say something about this new development.
The gay dating app, used primarily by men of color and those who are open to dating them, posted to Instagram. It posted a video mocking Grindr’s “Kindr” initiative with the caption simply saying, “#loveislove.”
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But it wasn’t just Jack’d who used this as an opportunity to drag Gridnr. Scruff got into the fight as well.
SCRUFF co-founder and CEO Eric Silverberg released a video statement saying that gay, bisexual, and trans men looking to date other men should transfer to other sites.
“When leaders in the gay community say these things, they disrespect the decades long work of marriage equality activists and give credibility to far-right politicians who are trying to roll back these rights.”
“Let’s move our swipes and ‘likes’ to online communities led by people who stand behind their beliefs and actions, and who have a moral intuition that reflects our community,” he concluded.
Keep in mind, Scott Chen later clarified that his meaning. Chen meant that everyone is entitled to their opinion on what a marriage should look like. He just happens to be straight and married to a woman.
“The reason I said marriage is a holy matrimony between a man and a woman is based on my own personal experience. I am a straight man married to a woman I love and I have two beautiful daughters I love from the marriage. This is how I feel about my marriage. Different people have their different feelings about their marriages. You can’t deny my feelings about my marriage.”
“I am a huge advocate for LGBTQ+ rights since I was young. I support gay marriage and I am proud that I can work for Grindr.”
Yeah, Chen’s first post was terribly worded (and his second post honestly), but his meaning was to be supportive of LGBTQ issues.
Too bad his meaning was lost in translation. And now, Grindr is the butt of everyone’s joke.