Here’s the risk you run when you upload your picture to a public profile on an app like Grindr. A new website has emerged called “Douchebags of Grindr” where people upload photos of Douchebag profiles they’ve encountered. Their tagline: “All your douchebag needs from the profiles of Grindr. Tumblr censors. Long live the public web.” The “douchebag” profiles range from racist taglines to completely contradictory pictures and headlines. Others are just oddball taglines from people that don’t know how to
meat “market” themselves. Underneath each profile, the site has taken the liberty to write their own comment to poke fun at each profile.
I can see the humor in this, but I don’t know how I feel about there being a site like this. It’s one thing for your friend to show you a funny or bizarre profile that he came across on Grindr. It’s another thing to upload it to upload said profile to a website.
Personally, I’m not on Grindr so I’m thankful that I don’t have to worry about this, but I certainly wouldn’t like seeing my friend ridiculed on a site like this. It’s pretty harsh to publicly shame these people considering a lot of them just have no clue, you know? It’s bullying. Plain and simple. Perhaps if their faces were blurred out, it’d be a different story.
On the flipside, I won’t deny that there are some genuine douches shown on this site. I saw some profiles of guys where they say they need to be discreet because they are cheating on their boyfriends – in those cases, I’m torn because I feel a little public shaming might teach them a lesson – LOL. In another case, a guy with the tagline that reads, “Don’t be gay”. Really? Do you know what app you’re using? That’s douchie.
In today’s day and age, we will run into this problem time and time again with social networking and hookup sites, so if you’re creating PUBLIC profiles on apps and site like this, do so at your own risk. Although many Grindr profiles are laughable, I feel that these “haha moments” are best kept to yourself or shared with a friend, as opposed to published permanently on the internet. Do you agree?
If you want to check out the site (and make sure you’re not on it), here’s the link:
http://www.douchebagsofgrindr.com/. The disclaimer at the bottom of their site is “Douchebagsofgrindr.com is not sponsored, endorsed by or affiliated with Grindr, LLC or any other person or entity affiliated with any of them.”