Is "sodomy" a term for "someone who gets turned on by intellectual stuff"? No, Sean Rad, it is not.
In an interview with the Evening Standard published Wednesday, the Tinder co-founder planted foot firmly in mouth when trying to justify being attracted to women "who my friends might think are ugly."
Here's the relevant excerpt from the Evening Standard's write-up (emphasis ours):
He’s desperate to impress on me how gallant he is, citing the fact that a “supermodel, someone really, really famous” has been “begging” him for sex “and I’ve been like, no”. She’s “taunted” him, he says, and “called me a prude”.
“She’s one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever seen but it doesn’t mean that I want to rip her clothes off and have sex with her. Attraction is nuanced. I’ve been attracted to women who are ...” he pauses “... well, who my friends might think are ugly. I don’t care if someone is a model. Really. It sounds clichéd and almost totally unbelievable for a guy to say this, but it’s true. I need an intellectual challenge.”
He continues: “Apparently there’s a term for someone who gets turned on by intellectual stuff. You know, just talking. What’s the word?” His face creases the effort of trying to remember. “I want to say ‘sodomy’?”
Needless to say, sodomy doesn't mean what he thinks it means. Still, it's nice to know that Rad is considering the finer points of human relationships given the overall reputation of his product, which lets people match with others via a smartphone app. Rad was demoted amid a sexual harassment lawsuit brought forth by a female employee last year -- he later called the claims inaccurate. (He was reappointed to the position of CEO in August.)
This also isn't the first time Rad's flubbed his words. In an interview with The Huffington Post earlier this year, he called jokes from comedian Hannibal Buress "a thorn in [Tinder's] spine."
Tinder did not respond to a request for comment about Rad's sodomy comment.
H/T The Guardian