Dating website BeautifulPeople.com that boasts to ban so-called “ugly people” and calls itself an “exclusively beautiful community” axed 5000+ members from its website after the users posted pictures of themselves looking chubbier than usual celebrating the festive season.
The site boasts 550,000+ members. The only way to get a membership to the site is to submit a picture and small profile for opposite sex members to review. Admission to the site is decided by members by voting –
- “Yes definitely“
- “Hmm yes, OK“
- “Hmm no, not really” or
- “NO Definitely NOT”
“We responded to complaints by moving the newly chubby members back to the rating stage. This is the same as having them re-apply,” said Greg Hodge, the managing director.
“Their re-applications were reviewed by existing members and only a few hundred were voted back in. Over 5,000 were rejected.”
“Every year we see that some of our members from western cultures eat and drink to excess over the holidays and clearly their looks suffer,” he said.
“The USA has been grossly over-indulging since Thanksgiving – it’s no wonder that so many members have been expelled from the network. We hope they will be back after shedding the festive pounds.
“In the UK and Canada, Christmas and the New Year are all about over-eating, over-drinking and watching TV on the sofa.”
Interestingly most of the members expelled from the site were from US or Canada. Britain came third with 900 rejects.
Founder Robert Hintze said: “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.
“Letting fatties roam the site is a direct threat to our business model and the very concept for which BeautifulPeople.com was founded.”
Managing director Greg Hodge said: “People can be big and beautiful but it doesn’t suit everyone. If you join as a size six, or with ripped abs and a slim physique, you have to maintain this look or expect to be re-rated.
“Remember this is the opinion of our members, who have the final and completely democratic vote on who is let in or cast out of their community.”
I am glad that the website keeps its standards of beauty but then aren’t fat people beautiful too? Maybe the site should be renamed to anorexicpeople.com. It is sad that society is still promoting anorexia.
What do you guys think?