The Founder and CEO of the Asian Entertainment Television Company is planning to sue Grindr for allowing users to state their so-called racial “preferences” when it comes to partners.
The 32-year-old Sinakhone Keodara, who is also a multi-lingual actor, writer, director and producer, revealed his planned class action lawsuit on social media and called for other paying clients to join him.
Many media outlets are following the story posted by Keodara on social media.
Gay Asian men bringing a national class action lawsuit against @Grindr for race discriminations. @DanielMagOnline @TheGayUK @WEHOville @RealWeHoTimes @GayUKNews @MenMagazineGay @instinctmag @GaySYDAustralia @gaystarnews#GrindrClassActionLawsuit #Gaysians #Race #Discrimination pic.twitter.com/U8xfmskRGn
— Sinakhone Keodara (@frogseatmoon) July 9, 2018
In the statement, Keodara said he’s planning to bring a national, class-action lawsuit against Grindr and he wants other paid-up plaintiffs to join him.
“I’m looking for co-plaintiffs across all 50 states,” said Keodara.
He suggested that Asian men were “offended, humiliated, degraded and dehumanized” by Grindr which allowed “gay white men to write in their profiles ‘No Asians,’ ‘Not interested in Asians,’ or ‘I don’t find Asians attractive’.
“This is complete bullshit and I’m suing Grindr for being a breeding ground that perpetuates racism against gay Asian men.”
Grindr is the largest and most popular gay mobile dating app in the world and is available in 192 countries.
“It and other dating services have often been accused of allowing racial and other biases; perpetuating a stereotypical and exclusionary ideal of what constitutes a desirable sexual partner.
“They should start by updating their profile guideline to as it relates to race to state: ‘You can’t post racist, bigoted ‘preference’ in your profile,” he told Gay Star News.
“We won’t tolerate it and you will be banned permanently.”
He dismissed arguments that people are entitled to state their sexual preferences when it comes to race.
“Singling out and invalidating an entire race is not expressing a preference; it’s spewing anti-Asian sentiments and it’s racist,” he said.
Keodara added that he planned to expand the lawsuit to include black gay men.
“Why should I have to fork over $14.99 a month to use the service only to be degraded, humiliated and dehumanized for my race while I’m trying to get my rocks off?” he asked.
Gay Nation has reached out to Grindr for a comment.