Grindr kicks of Kindr campaign

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Grindr wants to take a step to combat racist and shaming language on user profiles. RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant The Vixen, former Queer Eye host Jai Rodriguez, Joel Kim Booster, Malcolm Robinson, Rakeem Cunningham, Ray (Emilio Amador), and Jasmine are featured in the “kindr” campaign from Grindr against sexual racism, speaking about their experiences of racism on- and offline.

“If you don’t put ‘no Asians’ in your profile, it doesn’t mean you have to f**k Asians now,” says Booster. “It just means I don’t have to see it….For you to say ‘I know what every Asian guy looks like and I know for a fact that I would not be attracted to any of them?’ That comes from a racist place. Because you don’t know what we all look like. That’s ugly.”

“You don’t know what the person on the other side of the phone is going through,” adds Rodriguez. “You have no idea what their experience is, or what else they have going on, or what that comment might do to them.”

Grindr, also released a statement further elaborating on the Kindr initiative:

Sexual racism, transphobia, fat and femme shaming and further forms of othering such as stigmatization of HIV positive individuals are pervasive problems in the LGBTQ community. These community issues get brought onto our platform, and as a leader in the gay dating space, Grindr has a responsibility to not only protect our users, but also to set the standard for the broader community that we serve.

Online discrimination has reached epidemic proportions affecting not only Grindr but other social networks. Our ‘Kindr’ initiative is a rallying call for Grindr and our community to take a stand against sexual racism and all forms of othering.

Comments 7

  1. And then there are guys like me, who would fall for the Asian guy in the red shirt in a heartbeat.

  2. Kindr means nothing less the end of free association on social media. Welcome to a sexual 1984. Grindr’s silly, stupid attempt to compel a hook-up Kumbaya will just drive everyone’s preferences and choices underground. But then, with liberals, it’s all about appearances – reality be damned.
    (I’m so happy I’m not on social media!)

      1. Don’t worry. There’s probably at least 20 MILLION just like him on the various social media.

  3. If I don’t want to fuck you, I just don’t want, where is the problem? Do I have to be open for trans people too? My sexual preference is my sexual preference, deal with it. We can still be friends, but that’s not the app for that.

    “It just means I don’t have to see it…” – Yeah, and why are you so insecure that that could hurt your precious feelings? Grow up!

    “That comes from a racist place.” – Sorry, but I know if I want to fuck a African black guy, and calling me a racist doesn’t change that.

    “You don’t know what the person on the other side of the phone is going through,” – I don’t, that’s right, but if that hurts you, you have bigger problems in your life, you shouldn’t be on a dating-app in the first place, you need professional help first.

  4. There is no such thing as “sexual racism”. Rather, there are fragile egos who just can’t stand it when people aren’t into them… or ARE into them but the reasons aren’t pure enough.

    Fortunately, nobody uses Grindr anymore anyway.

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