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Grindr Tells Users to Stop Using Holocaust Memorial in Their Profiles After It Becomes a Trend

Apparently, attracting an online hook-up with a sexy profile photo taken with the asphalt slabs of Berlin's Holocaust Memorial as a backdrop is a thing, and now Grindr is distancing itself from the phenomenon after its founder previously appeared to endorse it, Salon reports:

Memorial_grindrIn the site’s early going, the proprietors bragged that the CEO of Grindr, Joel Simkhai, seemingly endorsed Totem and Taboo. “As a Jew and an Israeli, I’m deeply moved by how users are coming together as a community on Grindr to share and inspire others take part in memory of the Holocaust,” Simkhai told an Israeli newswire. But on Monday, Grindr press representatives told Salon: “Back in 2011, when Grindr was first made aware that a few users were posting an image of Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial in their profile, we observed that the user initiative was a novel form of expression.

“What started as users expressing themselves on a topic not often discussed in social networking profiles, has now become disrespectful.  We strongly encourage our users to engage in a respectful manner and honor the memory of those who perished in others ways outside of the app.”

The founders of Totem and Taboo, the site which has been aggregating the Grindr photos, say they are "proliferating": “We don’t really know what makes people pose there, and we’re not dealing with questions of intentionality in our project. We’re focusing on making the phenomenon visible.”

Grindr’s odd Holocaust fetish [salon]

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  1. @Jack What you said.

    Posted by: Anders | Jan 31, 2013 12:42:58 PM

  2. "Grindr is a platform for loveless, meaningless sex. The people who use it are advertising their own inferiority. I can date a smoker or even a drug user. But I wouldn't consider dating a Grindr user."

    lmao. Nice to know drug addicts are more loveable than, in your eyes, a sex addict. Someone needs to reprioritize. Especially since you're judging people you've never interacted with. I use Grindr (and mostly Growlr) and I've had nothing but dates. Real, honest, sexless first dates. Some of which went nowhere, some of which led to a lot more. Because guess what -- the apps are just like any other dating medium. They are what YOU make of them. So if you go there just looking to talk or have dates? You're gonna find some guys who like that. If you don't go there and assume everyone's shallow and vapid? You're ignorant.

    Posted by: Billy | Jan 31, 2013 12:56:30 PM

  3. The Picture isn't from the Grindr-App but from the Planetromeo-App.
    Much more popular in Germany, but also with many disrespectfull "Memorial-Models"

    Posted by: George | Jan 31, 2013 5:36:13 PM

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