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Because we should steer people in the ‘white’ direction.

Just when you thought dating couldn’t get any more, erm, convoluted, a new spanner has been thrust into the works. A billboard went up in Utah last week advertising a new dating website…for white, heterosexual people. Yep; WhereWhitePeopleMeet.com is an actual thing, and it’s turning heads across the globe.

Surely, in a world where white people still dominate pretty much everything, a dating website for white people to meet other like-skinned (ugh) people isn’t exactly necessary? Least of all in a country with a particular history of, you know, enslaving Black people, exploiting Hispanics, and intentionally giving Native Americans smallpox.

Needless to say, the Twittersphere (as usual) went ballistic. We’ve not seen such opining since #ExplainAFilmPlotBadly.

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Not to mention these beauties…

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Funnily enough, the website has stated explicitly it’s not exclusively for white people, and the rationale behind its creation is entirely logical.

‘I am sure some of you are wondering about the concept and need for a dating website titled ‘Where White People Meet’. Our answer to that would be, why not? There are various dating websites that promote and cater to just about every origin, race, religion and lifestyle out there,’ states the site’s ‘About’ page.

On paper (or online), this is entirely sound reasoning. After all, the website is not wrong in mentioning there are dating websites specifically for Black people, Asians, Christians, Jewish people, Hispanics, and so on. Hell, there’s even a site dedicated exclusively to people who only want to date Disney fanatics. Not to mention a myriad of LGBT websites catering for every sexual persuasion. Add cheating websites like AshleyMadison.com and you’ve got the icing on a rather luscious cake.

So again, why not white people? To insist otherwise would surely perpetuate yet another double standard the Western world is so fond of turning a blind eye to. Aside from anything else, it’s not like there aren’t white people, and people of other races, who are more attracted to the Anglo type than any other, for purely sexual rather than racial reasons.

But look at it this way. It seems ironic a ‘white people’ dating website would be advertised in a state where 91 per cent of the population is, in fact, white. I mean, you could go to Starbucks and meet the exact same demographic, without the stigma of a return to segregation (I am literally getting awkward butterflies in my stomach writing this).

Nevertheless, the billboard is up loud and proud in all its horrifying glory, and people are becoming angrier by the minute.

I really don’t like this idea. I am the queen of rallying against double standards, but if an ad for WhereWhitePeopleMeet.com popped up on my news feed, I would feel beyond supremely uncomfortable. This particular standard is just a too…icky. I simply don’t have the tools or experience to unwrap the layers of this particular onion. And trust me; the fact I, of all people, am declining to express a concrete view because I am too creeped out, means there is something very, very wrong with the whole thing.

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Aside from anything else, the website is just another step towards the desecration of dating and relationships. The steady descent of courtship over the past ten years has been like a series of violent kicks to the stomach.

The minute you add a potential interest on Facebook, Instagram, or any other social media platform, you’ve sold your soul to the messy gods of the Internet. Your potential paramour immediately gets a completely rarefied idea of who you are, and all elements of spontaneous chemistry are gratuitously stripped away, piece by agonizing piece. As for Tinder; it makes me want to throw up in my mouth.

The same goes for the way online dating is heading. I have nothing against setting up a profile in an environment where everyone is after (more or less) the same thing. However, the minute you start clouding it with racial division, religious hierarchy, and adultery, while making value judgments about what is catering to personal preference or ‘like-mindedness’, and what is racism or segregation, is the minute it all goes down the proverbial toilet.

Websites like WhereWhitePeopleMeet.com make me want to take to my bed, alone, and stay there until we all get so bored of technology it finally becomes obsolete (or the droids grow electronic brains and take over). Racist or not, it’s yet another way of stopping us from expressing who we really are beyond a profile pic and a 200 word bio. And however you dance around it, the website for whites is very, very hurtful to a huge amount of people of all colors and creeds.

So please, Utah, take down the billboard. I don’t think I can take much more of this nauseatingly cataclysmic tripe.

 

Images via twitter.com and wherewhitepeoplemeet.com