Overweight Members kicked off Dating Site

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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.

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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)

Comments

15 Responses to “Overweight Members kicked off Dating Site”
  1. susans says:

    I think you pretty much get what you deserve when you sign up for that site! At least other dating sites MENTION common interests.

  2. JohnF says:

    Susan – On that site, the only thing common in narcissism!

    Sounds like a site a bunch of immature idiots would sign up for.

  3. Vince says:

    I think it’s completely fair- those people were only allowed on the site because they were voted attractive. Now they get kicked off the site because new photos say they are presently unattractive. The logic seems consistent. If they drop the weight, maybe they can join again as long as there aren’t any stretch marks.

  4. AnnQ says:

    Susan – you’re right….I don’t think they even mention compatibilities beyond physical appearance. Super charming. ;-)

  5. AnnQ says:

    John – I think I saw “Narcissism” once as the most desired character trait on eHarmony.

    Okay, not really. I pretty much made that up.

  6. Secretia says:

    Ann, that is a shocker for a few reasons.First, it’s amazing that any company today could afford to lose 5000 customers, at their own doing. Then aren’t most Americans a little bit over the ideal weight.
    Can’t people be beautiful with 10 extra pounds?

    Thanks for this article! It’s incredible.

    Secretia

  7. Cristy says:

    I think the only way this would be unfair is if the company grew to include too much of a percentage of the population to be influential or if it started being government-run or -supported. I could see a monster company like that being very dangerous if it got big enough, but honestly, I think there are enough of us who are a bit on the pudgy side (yes, I’m definitely including myself!) that that percentage is never going to be that big (pun?). Interesting article.

  8. Suz says:

    I think it is fair since the expectations were set from the begining. Do I think the site is a good idea? Well, you get what you ask for I guess. But I’m willing to bet they are all a little shallow on there if all they care about are looks.

  9. I’ll be bluntly honest right now:

    I hope these people burn in hell.

  10. AnnQ says:

    Secretia – I think my favorite comment of yours is “can’t people be attractive with ten extra pounds?”….so, SO true. A perfect example of why lots of people feel overly-pressured to look a certain way.

  11. AnnQ says:

    Cristy – I definitely think it’s the minority of people who’d even want to part of this goofy site. :-)

  12. AnnQ says:

    Suz – I like to think people usually get what they ask for / deserve. :-)

  13. AnnQ says:

    Bachelor Girl – I’d say that’s pretty honest! LOL! :-)

  14. Elisa says:

    Wow. I knew there were a lot of shallow people in the world, but I had no idea they had all gathered in one place where they could judge everyone else based on their skewed priorities. Fascinating. It sure sounds like they all deserve each other, that’s for sure.

  15. sophia says:

    Holy crap. I think I saw this on the news, but I thought it was a joke, because the channel wasn’t exactly trustworthy. This is crazy!

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