We were legit disturbed last week when a friend posted a link to the blog Totem and Taboo, which had found numerous Grindr profile pics taken at Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial.
Some of the guys just like the memorial’s stark, maze-like backdrop; others seem to think its funny; and a few are trying to be transgressive—showing the triumph of gay sexuality over the forces of the Nazis.
None of those excuses really work for us—and Grindr CEO Joel Simkhai isn’t a fan, either.
“What started as users expressing themselves on a topic not often discussed in social networking profiles, has now become disrespectful,” a Grindr spokesperson told Salon on Monday. “We strongly encourage our users to engage in a respectful manner and honor the memory of those who perished in others ways outside of the app.”
This whole thing reminds us of those idiots who throw gang signs in photos taken at Ground Zero.