Overweight Members kicked off Dating Site
I never knew a Dating / social networking site with the name BeautifulPeople.com actually existed until I read an article from the BBC.
Anyhow, after some of their members pigged-out over the Holidays and packed on a couple of pounds, the not-so-nice people over at Beautiful People decided it was time to cull the herd (so to speak).
But seriously….the site canceled Memberships to almost 5,000 of their members after complaints they’d gained weight.
Nope, not kidding. Who can make this stuff up?
Basically, the newly-(slightly) pudgy members were kicked off the site after they put pictures in their Profiles that supposedly showed they’d put on a few pounds during the holiday season.
I should also note this is a site which only allows new members to join if existing members vote them as sufficiently attractive to deserve being on their site. That’s quite an honor. Who needs a Nobel Peace Prize when you can have that?
But I digress….they pretty much brag about their selection process, calling the site “The largest network of attractive people in the world”.
The Herd Culling was actually started by some of the Beautiful Members themselves (I figure they deserve to be Capitalized, being as they’ve been deemed so special already), who police the membership of the site to maintain a “very high standard of attractiveness”.
“As a business, we mourn the loss of any member, but the fact remains that our members demand the high standard of beauty be upheld,” said site founder Robert Hintze.
But really, this is my favorite Quote from the Site Founder….the absurdity and ignorance of it just made me laugh out loud:
“Letting fatties roam the site is a direct threat to our business model and the very concept for which BeautifulPeople.com was founded.”
So what do you think….is this kind of discrimination unfair?
Or is this something members should have expected when they signed up for a dating site that promises them cute people, where they may have nothing more in common with their fellow members aside from white teeth and flat tummies?
Keep in mind this is a membership site that has “Too ugly to sign-up? Click here to browse BeautifulPeople as a Guest” on their Home Page.
I’m really not sure it gets much funnier than that. It’s truly classic.
Ann currently works for a Fortune 50 company as a Global Project Manager, and graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Psychology / Communcations and Human Relations. She lives in Connecticut with her boyfriend and two adorable dogs. She also can’t wait to – someday! – become a member of BeautifulPeople.com. (that last part was a joke)