Photo via Grindr/LinkedIn

The word "irony" really never manifests in a subtle way, but this is pretty egregious: the president of a notorious gay hookup app vouching for the "sanctity" of heterosexual marriage.

Except, that is not exactly what happened.

Scott Chen, President of Grindr, inherited the app after it was bought out by a Chinese company called Kunlun, a gaming company. Chen is straight with a wife and children, and the original tweet (now deleted) was actually criticizing Christian groups for opposing same-sex marriage:

"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."
"Some people think the purpose of the marriage is to have a child carries your DNA. But again, that's your own business."

Grindr is a weird area in which to bring up marriage, let alone the definition of marriage.

But INTO went there anyway.

But the full text of Chen's post tells a different story.

One of SUPPORT for marriage equality.

Photo via INTO

Grindr is currently the largest "dating" app for men.

Chen responded with a statement to INTO:

"On November 26, I wrote a post on my personal Facebook account meant to condemn those advocating against same-sex marriage in Taiwan. The words I chose related to marriage between a man and a woman were meant to express my personal feelings about my own marriage to my wife – not to suggest that I am opposed to marriage equality."
"I want to make clear that I am an advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and have been since I was young. I support gay marriage and I am proud that I can work for Grindr. I apologize that my words did not clearly convey these feelings."
"I am very proud of the work INTO does and stand by them as an important part of our business."
"One of our greatest strengths at Grindr is our diverse team and our respect for one another. Together, we will continue the important work we do fighting for LGBTQ+ equality."

The irony, however, is simply too great to dissipate immediately.

Facebook translate is not the most reliable function and the rest of the context makes it clear Chen does not support any opposition to marriage equality, but it still left a pretty lasting impression.

Chen says he feels the article is misleading and that it hurts his feelings to be portrayed as something he is not.

Unfortunately, the story, misleading or not, does hurt his and Grindr's reputation and the consequences of that remain to be seen.

H/T: Indy100, The Guardian

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