To be fair, the site is named Beautiful People. But to be honest, they’re jerks.
Beautifulpeople.com is blaming a computer virus that temporarily disabled the site’s applicant-screening software used to rank aesthetic criteria for their decision to give 30,000 members the boot. According to the company, the dumped members were never attractive enough to even be on the site in the first place, and it’s only fair that they should be kicked off.
“We have to stick to our founding principles of only accepting beautiful people — that’s what our members have paid for,” BeautifulPeople.com’s Greg Hodge told The Guardian. “We can’t just sweep 30,000 ugly people under the carpet.”
The website works on a system under which members are able to rank applicants on a beauty scale. The decision to reject 30,000 cost the company more than US$100,000 in refunds and Hodge sent a regretful email to the distressed dumpees.
Hodge said the company was investigating the cyber attack, adding he suspected a disgruntled former employee may have planted the virus.
The ugly members cull is not the first time the site has courted controversy, news.com.au reported. In January this year it asked 5,000 users to reapply after they posted pictures of themselves looking chubbier than usual celebrating the festive season.
And earlier this month it sparked controversy in Ireland by declaring that Irish men were among the world’s ugliest.
What a warm and welcoming business! Don’t you agree?