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eBay’s Free Rent Contest Open to Any Pair, So Long As You’re Not A Romantic Homosexual One

Remember all the crap NBC’s Today show received for initially refusing to let gay couples compete in its wedding contest? Now the French eBay is in a similar row after offering a couple the chance to live rent-free in an eBay-paid apartment if they buy all their home furnishings through the site. But no gays allowed.

So say the rules: “Entrants can be any two people, one of whom must be a male adult and the other a female adult.” Heh. “Any two people” means you don’t even have to be a romantic couple, just flatmates.

Gay rights groups have accused the website of homophobia and discrimination for excluding non-heterosexuals from the competition. The pro-gay website Citegay wrote: “Gay and lesbian couples have been told they are not allowed to take part. “It is as if eBay does not want to associate itself with gay men or women.”

But that’s so not true, insists eBay: “We don’t want to limit what the competition winners will buy to one gender or another,” says a spokesman. “We haven’t stated that homosexuals are banned from entering. Sexuality never even entered into our thinking. We never meant to offend the gay community. The competition is also open to say, a mother and son, or a couple of friends. But besides, it should also be noted that the apartment they will share only has one bedroom.”

Uh, what does eBay think? That gay couples live in separate rooms because even we are disgusted by how we have sex? Oh, sorry Mary and Fritz. (I forgot one of my best lesbian couple friends lives exactly that way.) [Telegraph]

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4 Comments

  • customartist

    Jut another Meg Whitman company that oh so gladly TAKES Gay Money, but when it comes to affording Gays the Rights that all of straight society has – No deal!

  • the crustybastard

    Discrimination? The hell you say.

    We welcome ANY gay couple, one of whom must be a male and the other a female.

    What?

  • peteNsfo

    FOOLS…

    If their intent is to show how Fab you can decorate while buying all your decor on E-Bay, then they certainly missed the boat on this one.

    Gotta getta GAY!

  • Evan

    Um, so apparently Ebay thinks that a gay couple will buy all “male” items and a lesbian couple will buy all “female” ones? That’s what I’m getting from this:

    “We don’t want to limit what the competition winners will buy to one gender or another,”

    Someone needs to introduce them to the queer community. Stat.

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