It took a lawsuit to make the online dating website Christian Mingle allow gay men and women to use its product. (The suit claimed the site was violating California’s non-discrimination laws). Even still, though, the site refuses to show ‘men seeking men’ and ‘women seeking women’ other gays and lesbians. We’d suggest using a different platform to find love — Hornet, perhaps? Anyway, you can imagine our shock when we learned the face of Christian Mingle’s latest ad campaign — none other than RuPaul’s Drag Race vet Kelly Mantle.
As it turns out, Mantle was just as shocked as we were!
We learned of Christian Mingle’s interesting choice of model on Facebook, when Mantle (a longtime singer and actor in addition to being a drag performer) posted a screenshot of the ad in question, commenting, “Umm why is Christian Mingle using a pic of me in their promo ads?? #IfTheyOnlyKnew #MaryMagdalene #BlackWidow.”
We had to get the scoop straight from the source, so we reached out to Mantle, who had this to say about a photo of her being used to ‘sell’ good Christian folk on the dating site’s wares:
A friend I grew up with in Oklahoma received a promo ad in an email from Christian Mingle, and there’s a pic of me in their promo ad! So she sent it to me.
I was like, “Oh those poor little Christian boys. If they only knew … I’m Buddhist! Hello!”
Obviously they just pulled a stock photo without knowing, but you’d think they’d pull one a little more on-brand.
I’ve got that come-hither look in my eyes that says I’m gonna steal the spirit outta your soul and sell it to Satan. Who knew Christian Mingle was so edgy??
If this is Christian Mingle’s attempt at luring the LGBT community to use its website (yeah, we know it’s not), might we suggest one more lady who could also be great for promoting user growth? She’s perfect, she’s beautiful and she looks like Linda Evangelista. Just a thought.