September 16, 2020
In a shocking statement, Grindr’s President, Scott Chen, wrote on Facebook that “marriage is a holy matrimony between a man and a woman.” Grindr, is one of the world’s most popular gay dating app. Moreover, something like this, coming from the President of the app is outrageous to say the least.
Scott Chen became the president after Grindr was acquired by a Chinese Gaming corporation. His own personal beliefs are against everything the app stands for. He wrote a lengthy post on Facebook which was later deleted. “Some people think the marriage is a holy matrimony between a man and a woman. And I think so too. But that’s your own business,” he wrote in the post. “Some people think the purpose of the marriage is to have a child carries your DNA. But again, that’s your own business.” The post was originally written in Chinese. However, it was translated in English by a magazine called Into. The irony is that the magazine is owned by Grindr.
Chen shared his “views” on marriage after stories of HTC president and CEO Cher Wang supporting US-based anti-LGBT groups emerged. Scott later clarified his comments. “The reason I said marriage is a holy matrimony between a man and a woman is based on my own personal experience. I am a straight man married to a woman I love and I have two beautiful daughters I love from the marriage. This is how I feel about my marriage. Different people have their different feelings about their marriages. You can’t deny my feelings about my marriage.” He also added that he has been a long standing supporter of LGBTQ+ rights. Moreover, he is proud to be working for Grindr.
However, his comments of agreeing that marriage is holy matrimony between man and women is what is disturbing. With the world becoming more inclusive day by day, this was least expected from the man that is the President of one of the biggest gay dating app.
INTO’s Editor-in-Chief Zach Stafford wrote on Twitter Thursday: ‘Today we at INTO have learned that the current president of Grindr believes that same-sex marriage is a ”holy matrimony between men and women.” However, Chen was quick to call the article unbalanced and misleading.
This is not the first time that Grindr has been in a sticky situation. Earlier this year, the company was accused of providing users’ HIV status data to a third party.