Can a social networking group remove its members for being too fat? Apparently they can.
Social networking site BeautifulPeople.com has kicked out 5,000 users because other members signaled that they put on too much weight while celebrating Christmas and the New Year.
The site says it doesn’t let “ugly” people join. It blames the users themselves for putting pictures of themselves celebrating during the holiday season, revealing that they “may have let themselves go.” The company adds that “vigilant members, who take pride in the standards demanded by the site, called for action.” I guess we’re heading toward a stuck-up type of society.
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After several complaints, BeautifulPeople.com did put several thousand users back in the rating stage. Still, only a couple hundred of them were able to get reinstated after being reviewed by other members. I guess that just leaves them with this site.
According to the company’s statement, most of the people that were banned for being “overweight” were located in the U.S. (1,520), UK (832) and Canada (533).
These people have clearly lost their minds. This is clearly a publicity stunt and, based on the fact that we’re covering it, it seems to have worked. You can get a sense for the “tongue-in-cheek” nature of the site right on the homepage:
“Too ugly to sign up? Click here to browse BeautifulPeople.com as a guest.”
What do you think? Should a social networking site be allowed to discriminate against its members?
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