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Viewers puzzled over Newsnight comment about gay men

2015-08-13
Viewers took to social media last night to express their displeasure after Newsnight host Evan Davies said dating app Tinder let heterosexuals “act like gay men” by providing an “easy hook up service”. Davies, himself gay, was last night hosting a segment which looked at Tinder HQ’s bizarre Twitter meltdown earlier on in the week. The company posted a string of tweets aimed at Vanity Fair journalist Nancy Jo Sales, criticising her feature article on dating culture that said the app was “just for hooking up” and that a large percentage of users were actually already married. https://twitter.com/Tinder/status/631249101955280896 https://twitter.com/Tinder/status/631249234633732097 In the Newsnight segment, a Disney-style animation of a guy and girl arranging a Tinder date featured a voiceover explaining to the “unitiated” that Tinder was the biggest app on the market to allow “straight people of any gender to behave like gay men”: “It’s an easy hook-up service. You upload your profile, and scroll through others, to find someone to meet,” said Davies. “It’s love at first swipe. Swipe left for the ones you don’t like, swipe right for the folks you’re interested in. And then if the feeling’s mutual, you can message each other and take it from there.” Little Britain actor Matt Lucas, who created gay character Daffyd in the hit series, labelled the BBC "pathetic" for the choice of wording. https://twitter.com/RealMattLucas/status/631601889239531520 https://twitter.com/NotBBCSportsGuy/status/631600283475406848 The Huffington Post UK reports the BBC has not yet responded to questions about the wording of the intro. Words by TROY NANKERVIS.