Just when you thought you had seen every type of online dating site imaginable, here comes Berniesingles.com. The perfect place to meet the democratic socialist of your dreams!
The website launched this week, and so many singles were “Feeling the Bern” that the website crashed. More than 1000 people registered for the site in the first hour and over a million hits came flooding in.
The site was founded by Colten Caudle, a student at Arizona State University, who said he got the idea to create the site from a Facebook group he was part of.
I created the website after seeing interest from a Facebook group called Bernie Sanders Dank Meme Singles, which at the time had about 500 members. I jokingly made a post about starting a website and, after a lot of positive interest, I decided to take on the project.
As of Friday night, the group had more than 9,000 members. While the site and Facebook group look like a run of the mill dating site for lonely singles looking for love, once you scratch the surface it is very different. Instead selfies of girls with duck lips and guys trying to pretend they are body builders, on this site you will find knowledgeable discussions about politics and the viability of Bernie Sanders as a presidential candidate.
Members of the group, which are subject to approval, span the political spectrum with Democrats, Independents, and even registered Republicans coming together as part of the political revolution.
The only qualifications to join are to simply be looking for love and, of course, you have to #FeelTheBern. The description of the Facebook group reads:
Do you love Bernie? Do you need a lover? Let’s play! (But play by the rules. This isn’t a lawless land of love.)
The rules of the group seem simple enough. All the standard stuff like no nudity, no harassment, and move anything too steamy to a private message; but rule number three stands out and exemplifies the true spirit behind the group:
Treat others with respect. ‘Wʜᴀᴛ ᴡᴏᴜʟᴅ Bᴇʀɴɪᴇ ᴅᴏ?’ is a great motto to live by. This entails no harassing people over gender or sexual preference, race, or appearance. Support each other, we’re all Bernie lovers.
Caudle said that the growth of the group and website has been completely organic.
We have not done any advertising outside of the Dank Meme group, all the hype thus far has been generated from the public. I did in fact meet my current girlfriend from this venture, so I personally know that it can work for people.
According to Caudle, a team of 10 volunteer coders were working around the clock to get the website back online, which was expected to be up and running by Wednesday night. A GoFundMe page has been set up to accept donations to help upgrade the site and server, as well as links to the Facebook group and future upkeep.
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