- DEMI LYNCH -
I have a question for you - if someone said you were no longer allowed to body shame strangers online, would you be mad?
Would you call this news "devastating?"
Would you say this new rule is just another example of your "freedoms being taken away?"
My guess is no.
However, for people like Dean Wells - apparently banning body shaming is a terrible idea.
The Married at First Sight star took to social media this week and went on an explosive rant about Bumble's new policy against body shaming.
Earlier this month the popular dating app announced that all "unsolicited and derogatory comments made about someone’s appearance, body shape, size, or health" would be banned.
This policy left Dean Wells furious as he strongly believes this policy is in violation of his right to free speech.
He told his Instagram followers that people just need to "suck it up" when it comes to being body shamed online.
"You have to have free speech for all and for everything," he said on his Instagram stories, "it’s just words; yeah it sucks but just block the person and kick them off."
"We don’t need more restrictions on what we can and can’t say.
"This is not China, this is a free country.
"You should be able to say whatever the hell you want.”
Bumble was not too happy with Dean's controversial rant - so they decided to write him an open letter about his 'concerns.'
"We reject the idea that it’s acceptable to say someone is too fat, too thin, too tall, too short, or whatever your complaint might be," wrote Bumble, "you’re not entitled to make unsolicited comments to someone about their body just because it doesn’t meet your standards."
"You don’t have the right to make someone feel undesirable because you don’t find them attractive.
"But we do have the right to ban you from our platform if you do.
"You said 'it’s just words' and that 'you should be able to say whatever the hell you want.'
"Here’s something that you might not realise: from the earliest of ages, people across the gender spectrum, but particularly women, are taught to feel embarrassed and ashamed of their bodies.
"The pressure to look a certain way starts young, and unsolicited comments about weight, height, body hair, or skin can cause damage that lasts a lifetime.
"Body shaming can do harm to the mental and physical health of the people on the receiving end.
"Women are more likely to feel physically judged while they’re dating.
"So next time you meet someone new — whether that’s at a bar or on Bumble — and you don’t find them attractive, move on.
"Keep your personal opinions about their body to yourself.
"Not sure if a comment about someone’s body might be welcome?
"Just find something else to talk about."
And that ladies and gentleman is what I like to call a *MIC DROP* moment.
Thank you Bumble!
Feature Image: Bumble