Thursday, January 7, 2010 is Bold

A dating site that markets itself as an elite community for beautiful people with a "strict ban on ugly people" has axed about 5,000 members for packing on the pounds during the holiday season. The international site threw out members after they posted photos "revealing that they have let themselves go," according to a company statement.

"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 Robert Hintze, founder of "Letting fatties roam the site is a direct threat to our business model and the very concept for which was founded."


This story is hilarious in an "are you serious" type of way. I have written my thoughts on society's "skinny is sexy" obsession on more than one occasion. I just couldn't resist commenting on the huge set of cajones has for publicly removing "overweight" people from their website. I am 99% sure that the mass removal is a publicity stunt. I hadn't heard of this website prior to reading about it a few days ago. I don't believe the "all publicity is good publicity" philosophy, but apparently I am in the minority. Honestly, I don't think anyone who is truly looking for love and companionship would want to join this website. We all have preferences, but losing your attraction to someone because they gained some holiday weight is pretty shallow. At least give them a few weeks to hit the gym...

The beautiful ones, they hurt you every time