Please restore ethnicity filter
I am Asian, and I would like to have the ethnicity filter option back. As a "minority", I don't think the filter option is racist. It offers me choices. Sometimes I want to search for Asians for example,, and if there is this option, it will make my search much easier to find.
Some people may use the ethnicity filter out of racism however it still boils down to having a preference.
The purpose of Grindr is to allow people to meet others based on our preferences and since losing the ethnicity filter, finding other people has become increasingly difficult.
There are profiles on Grindr with descriptions that can be deemed racist but in fact they are simply as expression of that persons preference.
In your response you stated that removing the ethnicity filter was from votes following the BlackLivesMatter movement.
Can anyone state that they have benefitted or can anyone demonstrate that BlackLivesMatter has improved it awareness as a result of losing this filter.
I am a white guy and I want to find Black, Mixed and South Asian and I am so disappointed that we have lost this filter.
Has anyone altered their preference as a result of losing this filter?
Is having a preference racist?
Have we really become so insecure that we can’t state a preference?
Those who are homophobic will find Grindr offensive. Should we expand its function to include straight people or perhaps disable the site altogether to prevent them from being offended.
Please bring back the ethnicity filter.
Deck Deck commented
Actually in statistics , a lot of Asians are racists. And a lot of Asians hate black people and dark boys . So I think that it is an excuse to u to trying find white boys or Asian boys , so it is a racism
Hi Grindr I would like the ethnicity filter back on because I would like to see who I wanna see on my Grindr thank u.
Oh and one more thought to add below. At the very least you can make it part of the paid service. At least give an incentive to pay you more money. I don’t like that either but I can understand it. Capitalism at its finest include the Ethnicity filter with upgraded service. See how simple that is?
The last comment below was so perfectly thoughtful and well said. That’s exactly why you need the ethnicity filter. It would be no different if he was a white guy looking for a black man or an Asian guy looking for European man or Middle Eastern man looking for south pacific islander or a Blackman looking for other black men. None of it matters. The app is just not nearly as easy or fun to use as it once was. Sadly it’s the most popular gay dating app and Grindr seems to know this. So they are under no compunction to change anything. I believe they could just slide the feature back in and no one would be the wiser. BRING IT BACK, BRING IT BACK, BEING IT BACK…. make sense???????…. RESTORE THE ETHNICITY FILTER!!!!
I am a young professional man of color who is looking to find connection through your app. I have been using your app for the past 8 or so years. Because I live in a small conservative town in a mostly white state, I pay yearly to have the premium features to talk with men farther away. When you took away the feature to be able to filter by race it has been hard for me to make connections with people who look like me and/or who are attracted to people of color. As I mentioned before I live in a small town and so I liked using that feature to meet people of color in or out of my small town. However, now I’m not able to meet people who seem to be attracted to me. I know that you all were trying to do right by the black community by taking away the race feature to make us all equal. The fact is that the users on this app don’t think as progressive as you all. There are still men who say they aren’t into me because I’m not white or put whites only on their profile. This app can say Black Lives Matter and Stop Asian Hate through another way on the app. We do appreciate your allyship. However, you are denying us the ability to find meaningful and safe connections. The ability to not search for men who accept me for who I am as a person of color is really discouraging. Please strongly consider my words and updating your app with a feature that allows me of color whether in small towns or not, to feel comfortable using your app and connecting with men who appreciate us for who we are.
Daniel Dawson commented
Totally agree this should be brought back! What is the difference in searching for ethnicity, and searching hing for height/weight? There's no difference. Bring it back ASAP.
I don't understand people defending the move to get rid of the ethnicity filter as if that suddenly stopped racism. If anything, it makes racist people see profiles they really don't want to see and makes them more prone to lash out at these people just to mess with them..
Why would you want these people to see your profile rather than people that actually do want to see you?
An ethnicity filter is NOT racist no matter what anyone says. It's a sexual preference and you do the same thing when you go to bars, other apps, etc.. even without the filter you'll still just bypass people of an ethnicity you're not attracted to.
If anything, removal of the filter was just another ploy to get people to upgrade so they can see more profiles and have to scroll even more.
@AliHaideri, since it's "only a miniscule step", in other words it does not work and no one is less racist, why make this vindictive and bitter demand when the problem is you who can't handle White rejection?
Poor girl, you think those White men will like you more because there's no race filter?
Ali Haideri commented
The ethnicity filter is inherently not a bad thing. But it is something racists use to be racist. Asians and Indians are already at the bottom of the dating food chain thanks to the racist stereotypes that even non racists use and because of which find them undesirable and use the filter. Grindr is already a racist cesspit. This move is only a miniscule step in the right direction albeit very late.
Ali Haideri commented
Nope please DON'T restore the ethnicity option. Everyone needs to keep seeing that people of ethnicities you don't like still exist. I have preferences for certain ethnic looks too. But from time to time I come across a gorgeous man outside that ethnic preference that I can't help but try to approach. It's unfair to put a label on an entire group of people whose ethnicity is outside their control and choice and then filter them out as if you want them to not exist and tell yourself that you are absolutely sure you will never be interested in them. You don't have to be a genocidal Nazi with gas chambers ready to go in order to qualify for racism. Excluding an entire ethnic group from anything you want to be a part of easily qualifies as racist. In short, and I quote my grandma, how do you know you don't like it if you don't try it?
Matt Moczygemba commented
Yes I totally agree this should be added back. What the heck does Grindr care about this retarded politically correct where we live in?
I am no racist but I hate the fact that racism is used as a tool for people to get what they want. There's nothing wrong with specifically looking for a black man you want to know why because I enjoy having sex with them. So nothing racist there.
The moment company's stop caving into this cancel culture b******* the world will become a better place
A filter is just that.
Some members seek a type by ethnicity, others "SELF DISQUALIFY" if they don't feel that they are a candidate for the profile they click on.
Meaning, anyone should be able to hit you up, but searching can be more productive by specificity.
If not interested, perhaps a "NO THANK YOU" tap, can be added.
There is a huge difference between having a physical preference and thinking one is superior. I can filter for weight, age, height, body type and hair which are just physical types. Filtering for race is no different. Its just a physical preference. I yiu can always choose to not fill in that category.
My Name is Maxx. This is a very telling conversation going on here… I feel it digresses into unnecessary areas that have nothing to do with basic personal sexual Preferences….of course BRING BACK THE FILTER it’s a no brainer… THATS WHY GRINDR HAD IT IN THE FIRST PLACE.
I walk into a restaurant I look at the menu I order what I want. I don’t sit at a table and tell them to bring me whatever they feel I should eat… When I order a pizza I get the kind of Meat on it I want (metaphor intended). “ I am sorry sir I can’t promise you’ll be getting sausage because we don’t want to offend the anchovies and the pepperonis and the ground beef”. Silly of course…. Thats the point. When I go to the local bar do I sit down and say surprise me? (OK maybe on occasion when I feel like it.. MY choice) but 90% of the time I know exactly what kind of alcohol and what kind of drink I want. Usually I have my favorite go to beverage. So I’m more inclined to order it to make sure that’s the thing I get. I just don’t sit down and wonder why the bartender isn’t bringing me what I like, I HAVE TO REQUEST IT. That’s all this is about. I will take my very obvious and somewhat whimsical metaphor one step further. Do I expect A waiter at the restaurant to go through my menu with a sharpie and mark out all of the items that I don’t like or that I find offensive so that I will never see them again? but what if I change my mind on the 10% chance that I want to see the entire menu. Why is everything blacked out? Absurd. And yet Grindr is forcing us to do just that. My first 5 to 10 minutes when I open the app is spent blocking people. Block block block block. Gone forever… Utter waste of time. “ of course you can have a salad and some pasta but I can’t bring it to you until you’ve considered and looked at all of the meat items first. But I’m vegetarian!!!” “ no sir you clearly have a bias against our other menu items since I see you never ordered them and you always order the same thing”…. Sounds ridiculous but that’s what’s happening here.
SO LISTEN… Just because it’s an ethnicity filter and deals with the race of users on the platform doesn’t change the basic fact that it’s a simple preference thing it’s not so deep. just like all businesses, the filter, just like offering choices, is good business. Grindr is the menu and I wanna know what’s on the menu. If I walk in for dessert I go to the back of the menu and order dessert I don’t waste my time looking at entrées. STOP BEING BORISH AND OVERLY SENSITIVE FOLKS…. BRING BACK THE FILTER SO I CAN ORDER MY FAVORITE MEAL!!!! And in those moments when I’m feeling a bit more adventurous I’ll go À la cart. much love and happy hunting (and much wasted time blocking). A Fellow Gay man!!!
Chang Liy commented
Hi Anonymous, I just want to clarify that my comment was not in response to you or to anyone else who has commented on this thread. My comment was directed only at the people who run Grindr. Peace
Lol “anonymouse”, I never claimed to be more intellectual than anyone. You’re not worth my time. You’re ignorant and going tor remain ignorant, continue to ostracize people. Again, I’ll enjoy my Grindr that allows me to see EVERYONE. You exclusionist on here we’re given unlimited blocks, so use them instead of wanting Grindr to bring back this filter. 🤷
@Anonymouse (once again), I always love when people say "You're not even worth my time" then continue on.. Please decide am I not worth your time because you can't make a proper argument or are you going to continue wasting everyone's time trying to act like an intellectual when you clearly aren't?
The "why" wasn't in your original message. I gave you clear questions in my response and you still couldn't answer a single one of them. Then you try to turn it around to something entirely different and redirect to how you're not even here for any particular reason. You yourself say you're not here to get it restored nor are you here to not have it restored. Literally saying: " I truly do not care if the filters are restored..." If you don't care, why are you here? It's hilarious to me when people like you say these things. You started out saying I'm not worth your time yet you continue to argue. You continue on arguing then say you're not arguing. You even then try to say how you don't care but if you didn't care you wouldn't be here in the first place. You can't "not care" and still keep being so affected by it.
What's even more funny is when people like you do this "You wrote 5 paragraphs..." crap. As if because someone has an actual well thought out, and concise, argument that makes them less than you. You who keeps being unable to prove a single point or argue any point whatsoever. The very second something doesn't go your way you redirect or try to dodge it.
My questions still stand. Let's see if you can answer them. Refer back to my previous reply for them. Though I doubt you'll be able to answer a single one with an actual thought.
How is it exclusion it is a preference. If it's considered as exclusion because of a specific characteristic you might as well remove age and all these other filters.