Fans of internalized homophobia and prejudice are going to love new hook-up app Hanky, which chooses to capitalize on one of the most problematic facets of gay mating (the “no fats, no femmes” mantra) and extol it to its “select” users.
The app, which purports itself as a “renowned private gay network of like-minded guys,” is not for everyone. New users must be recommended via a pre-existing user or, for those lusting for an ego shock, voted on by a panel of 3 verified members.
According to their press release, “Hanky has been developed in response to growing concerns about the trolling of ordinary users of dating apps. Legitimate users of traditional apps are being subjected to internet ridicule by trolls (often using fake identities), who send abusive messages or who post screenshots of private conversations on Twitter.”
The developer says the methodology will keep out “creeps, timewasters and fake profiles” present on similar apps.
Jonas Cronfeld, the co-founder of the app (and not, in fact, a Marvel villain), says that 8 out of 10 applicants are rejected with the hope to get more “more sexy” users.
“For a long time we’ve been fed up with the vibe of the other gay apps,” he says, speaking on behalf of whom? “We will probably never have 5 million members like some of these other apps because so many get turned away. But we’ll choose quality over quantity any day.”
Somewhere, Regina George is golf clapping.