Newsnight is at the centre of a row over gay stereotyping after a presenter claimed dating app Tinder allows ‘straight people to behave like gay men’.
The controversial comments were made by Evan Davis during the programme last night, ahead of a discussion about the impacts of dating apps.
Comedian Matt Lucas has lead a backlash against the remarks, branding the BBC ‘pathetic’ over the wording of the introduction.
Mr Davis, who is himself openly gay, was speaking ahead of a studio discussion of how dating apps on phones are changing the way people meet.
The strange comments provoked instant reaction on Twitter, where users complained they were ‘offensive’ and implied all gay men are promiscuous.
Jack Zivvi wrote: ‘Offensive #newsnight “Tinder lets straight people act like gay men”… My sexuality is not a benchmark to gauge perceived “promiscuity”.’
Another website user added: ‘Slightly offended and patronised by #newsnight’s piece on Tinder.’
And Matt Wilson posted: ‘Did Evan Davis just claim that @Tinder was an app that ‘allows straight people to behave like gay men’? What does THAT mean?’
It means, you fucking idiot, that gay men tend to shag around more than heterosexual men get to do, more than heterosexual women do (these two about heterosexuals being intimately linked of course) and very much more than lesbian women do.
This is not an opinion, a supposition or even an inference. It’s a known fact about human beings.