This Woman Was Banned From Tinder For Campaigning For Bernie Sanders

In an election year, it’s crucial to do everything in your power to get your person in the White House. Quit your job! Take to the campaign trail! Irritate relatives, coworkers and the person checking you out at the grocery store with a one-sheet you’ve prepared about your candidate’s policies! Or, do like Robyn Gedrich, a 23-year old form New Jersey who’s swiping right on everyone on Tinder, then spamming them with requests to feel the Bern.

“Do you feel the bern? Please text WORK to 82623 for me. Thanks!”

If Goodrich’s intended target texted the number as instructed, they’d start getting updates from the Sanders campaign and also be prompted to sign up and volunteer. This is one way to use an app for progress, I guess? A Tumblr called Tinder Campaigning compiles screenshots of other enthused and politically activated millennials who have attempted to use Tinder to get Bernie in the White House. The responses range from positive to misogynistic to vaguely harass-y, which is a nice analogue to how its like using Tinder regularly! Glad to know some things map out.

Lots of Tinder users who matched with Gedrich and other female Berners who have used the dating app to stump for Sanders assumed at first that they were being targeted by a bot. “Some people would ask what this is for, and I would kind of explain,” she told Reuters. “Some of them would unlatch me or report me as a bot.” Fair assessment!

Tinder is great at doing one thing: finding people other like-minded individuals who are willing to rub body parts with each other. It’s not a tool for social change; it’s a tool for boning.

Now, it seems that Gedrich and Haley Lent, a 22-year old married photographer from Iowa have both been banned from the app. Tinder naturally declined to comment on their banning, but I’m sure these women will find a way to make sure the bern is felt by one and all.