Popular dating/hookup app Grindr tweets a vague mention about a new version of the app called kindr.
The kindr tweet, which now has its own webpage www.kindr.grindr.com, showcased what appeared to be a pink sheet backdrop with the Grindr logo, the word kindr next to it in big bold font and the slogan “It’s time to play nice.” underneath the name.
Below the slogan is a play button icon and the date 09.18, which we gather to mean perhaps the release of kindr on September 2018. But, who knows! What we do know is that the play button icon is an audio recording of a male voice talking about sexual racism:
“When someone says something like I don’t date black people, that’s all black people, that’s what I refer to as sexual racism.”
The subject of sexual racism and how it constantly appears on Grindr profiles is nothing new. The subject matter has been so pervasive in the gay male community that we here at KWIR Media have even reported on the topic when a gay Asian-American went so far to rally others to join his lawsuit against the dating/hookup app.
It’s not just gay men like gay Asian-American Sinakhone Keodara who have publicly come out against the sexual racism that exist on Grindr. Recently, model and activist Munroe Bergdorf has voiced her feelings and disdain for hate speech. In fact, Grindr’s twitter announcement of kindr came just days after Bergdorf publicly appealed to the dating/hookup app to make a change on her Instagram page:
“Grindr has the resources and potential to become something positive and inclusive for the LGBTQ community in the future. I just hope they make the necessary changes to do so.”
Bergdorf later communicated that she was meeting with the head of Grindr’s communications, Landen Zumwalt, and their Chief Content Officer Zach Stafford. However, there was no mention of kindr in relation to her announcement about the meeting so it isn’t clear whether the one had anything to do with the other.
As for now, we here at KWIR Media will be keeping our eyes peeled to see what Grindr has in stored for kindr in September.