Earlier this month, we reluctantly told you about DaddyBear, a wildly unappetizing dating app that aims to connect “wealthy gay daddies” with so-called “healthy gay bears.”
Touting itself the “No.1 gay sugar-daddy dating app,” Daddybear was designed specifically with “older” gentlemen in mind — older than who, they don’t say.
A tentative, vaguely nauseous glimpse at the About page says that daddies are “rich men who have more money and social wealth than you do.” Rude.
And that’s where things go from inadvisable to wholly inhumane. The site claims “most mature gay daddies grew up under the macro environment of AIDS epidemic and scare, so they know how to protect themselves and you, and enjoy safe sex with you.”
Shortly after the article was published, a spokesperson for Daddybear wrote into Queerty‘s comments section to effectively double-down on the above claim, writing:
With the fact that most gay men care more about health than sex when seeking gay relationship, we create this gay dating app to meet their needs. If you are worried about meeting gay men who are living with HIV, then you can feel relieved with our App because we are trying our best to make sure that all users you meet will be healthy and without HIV, starting from adding a feature to allow users to verify their health condition.
No one would like to date people living with HIV unless he is living with it. Most gay sugar daddies are not living with HIV, so they don’t want to bring home any unwanted souvenirs. However, we support that gay men living with HIV have the right to date with other gays with HIV. But many rich and successful gay sugar daddies do not want to date with gay men living with HIV, which is the reason why we launched this app to meet their needs.
People are leaving reviews for the app to make their serophobic attitudes widely known, rightly calling the app “gross and cruel.”