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Dating Site “Beautiful People” Dumps 5,000 Fatties

January 4, 2010 by  
Filed under Body Image

Crap! I’m going to get booted from my fave site because I packed on a few pounds over the holidays. I knew I shouldn’t have chowed down that triple-decker-french-silk pie.

I mean, this site is the bomb, just listen to what the genius Founder Robert Hintze  has to say about the travesty of fatties on the site;

“Letting fatties roam the site is a direct threat to our business model and the very concept for which was founded.”

If you'd like to "roam around" but don't fit the bill, there is a special entry way for us uglies of the world.

This According to the Guardian, the site has just expelled 5,000 members for packing on the pounds.  Apparently decisions were made based on photos posted to the dating site. Those holding the reins blame members’ holiday overindulgences for their harsh actions and have been notifying former members via e-mail of their expulsion. Of course, all is not lost; should those same members get fit again, they can reapply for membership.

The report of this obvious, OMG hilarious publicity stunt details:

“The site’s managing director, Greg Hodge, pointed out that the fate of the exiled ‘chubby members’ had been democratically decided. ‘Their re-applications were reviewed by existing members and only a few hundred were voted back in,’ he said. ‘Over 5,000 were rejected.’ (Hey Greg, where’s your picture? Didn’t catch that on the site.)

According to the site, however, managers have been kind in breaking the news to former members. Each is said to have received an email encouraging them to re-apply when they are back to looking their best. They have also been sent details of recommended boot camps.

Mashable reported that of the 5,000, United States was the most overindulgent group of the bunch, with 1,520 members getting the boot. The United Kingdom was a distant second with 832 members ousted, and Canada took home the bronze medal.

Publicity stunt? No doubt…but I’d sure like to get my hands on one of those emails that were sent out to the rejected fatties….if you have one send it on over to

I’m telling ya, there is something seriously wrong with the world when 1) a site like this is created 2) people flock to join it 3) the founders are arrogant enough to pull a stunt like this 4) and I am sitting here writing about it.



No Responses to “Dating Site “Beautiful People” Dumps 5,000 Fatties”
  1. Candice says:

    This kind of makes me want to just roll my eyes. Why does this site exist, why do we care, blah blah blah (as you noted at the end of your post).

    The site reminds me of the “Hot or Not” site where people uploaded pics of themselves and anonymous users rated them on a scale of 1-10. It makes me wonder why people need this kind of validation, or why this kind of validation is valued in any way.

  2. lissa10279 says:

    Two words: OY. VEY.

  3. tombrokaw says:

    lol. These people are going to a self selecting dating site. How is that dissimilar from dating sites for Jews, or for Indians? Or for *insert any category more narrow than absolutely everyone*?

    They don’t want to date people they consider unattractive and they don’t want to bother sifting through garbage either. This site serves their needs. That’s a financial and ethical decision that only the site and the people who purchase the site’s services have any authority to comment on.

    Why? Because they aren’t trampling over your rights or even affecting your life in any meaningful way. At most, you should be glad that people with an attitude you find abhorrent are screened out of whatever dating pools you swim in.

    Any stance short of unadulterated laissez faire can only be called self righteous whining with a tinge of envy.

    • vitty10 says:

      I’m gonna have to agree with tombrokaw on this one. It doesn’t bother me because I wouldn’t be looking at a site like that one in the first place. There are bigger fish to fry in the arena of body image.

  4. S. says:

    4) especially.

  5. Wow. That is unbelieveable. The sickness of our society in the realm of body image is more disturbing every day. I am a licensed mental health counselor and have had the honor of walking with people on their journeys toward healthier body images. Now I am writing a book and a blog about how to fight the body image bandit and win. These issues are much more about our hearts and our stories than the size of our hips or what crosses our lips. I would love to hear your thoughts about Fannies, my blog. Thanks, Cherrie Herrin-Michehl, MA, LMHC
    Fannies: Reflections on Cookie Dough, Life, and Your Derriere

    • Gina says:

      Well, Cherrie, you started to lose me with your suggestion that I write a letter to my scale (seriously?) But you really lost me when you wrote about ‘going to live with Jesus’. Does one need to be a Christian to fight the ‘body image bandit’?

      • Gina says:

        Cherrie – you may also want to reconsider your title. In some countries, the word ‘fanny’ refers to a woman’s vulva, not her derriere.

  6. sIM'One says:

    how do they know you’ve gained weight or don’t look “appealing”? it’s a website!

  7. heart says:

    I did like Kate’s take over at Salon, this doesn’t amount to much more than an eye roll and a sigh.

    It’s interesting (and sad) that people’s unattractiveness or perceived change in attractiveness from when they were accepted on the site boiled down to weight. I guess it must be reassuring to people who don’t have interests or a kind disposition to know that all they have to do to be attractive is to be thin. I’m guessing these folks have a lot of first dates, as opposed to relationships.

    I’d love to see a site that regularly reviews and potentially boots people off based on whether they were kind or honest. Shouldn’t online daters be able to warn each other about the guy who abuses the waiter or brags how rich he is or drinks himself sloppy?

    And the pictures are never honest, I’d expect even less so on a site like that. How do they even know their members gained weight over the holidays? The pics are probably all 10 years old!

    Sure, we can point and laugh at this publicity stunt, but if I ever met anyone who joined a place like that, I’d back away slowly…

  8. Michelle says:

    Seriously … the guys behind the website Beautifulpeople er SO messed up!
    Just recently the CEO of beatifulpeople was interviewed in the book called “The Models Diet – More than a body” speaking of losing weight huh?! During the interview in the book and ITS PUBLISHED, the CEO of beautifulpeople says that he recommends men to buy prostitues if they cant be with beautiful women!!! It’s so messed up!
    Maybe he should say that all fat people should get lipo too ?!
    OMG … if the media finds out about the prostitute thing… and that the CEO is featured in a dietbook too?!!

  9. FatNSassy says:

    YAWN! Yes, and they just so happen to have a gym to recommend the rejected members. It is either a publicity stunt as suggested above, or it was bought and paid for by weight loss interests, such as that gym. If MSM gave it that much coverage, it needs to be treated with suspicion. Articles are put in that are really secret commercials for sponsors. Seems the weight loss interests are getting desperate, people in economic straights just aren’t as concerned with how much they weigh when no one can be certain where their next meal is coming from anymore!

  10. tom brokaw says:

    lol. So after doing some research into this I can verify that this was a publicity stunt.

    There is no infrastructure on this site to track members’ weight nor does there even seem to be a mechanism to reject members after they pass the initial test, or if there is, not on a mass level.

    Also, isn’t really a dating site, it’s more akin to a social networking site such as facebook but with a non intuitive interface.

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