I'm not that into popular culture so I'm always way behind when it comes to trends and so I just recently heard about BeautifulPeople.com, the dating site that only the super-attractive can join. I saw the news item that 5,000 of its users were kicked off the site for gaining too much weight over the holidays. In an interview with BBC, site founder Robert Hintze said, "Letting fatties roam the site is a direct threat to our business model and the very concept for which BeautifulPeople.com was founded." Beautiful People Dating Site Cleanses Itself of Fatties - Lemondrop.com If you're not familiar with it, this is a dating site where you post your picture and the members vote on whether you are attractive enough to join their club. So far there is an 83% reject rate. 1.8 million have been turned down in the last 2 weeks. Brits have the highest reject rate. Fewer than 12 per cent of British men (that's one in eight) have been accepted and only 15 per cent (three in 20) of women. Swedish men and Norweigan women have the highest acceptance rate so far -- 65% and 76%, respectively. BeautifulPeople rate Brits the ugliest - Lemondrop UK The Beautiful People website home pages says -- Do looks matter to you, when it comes to selecting a partner? Do you want to guarantee your dates will always be beautiful? No more filtering through unattractive people on mainstream sites (I love that one. ) and perhaps tongue in cheek, but who knows -- Too Ugly to Sign Up? Click here to browse Beautiful People as a guest Which almost gives me the feeling it's some professor's elaborate sociology experiment and he'll fess up in 30 days. (J.K.) www.beautifulpeople.com So what do we think of a website where your looks have to be voted on to be accepted? And if you have too much eggnog over the holidays you get kicked off? My initial reaction is that I don't see it as being all that evil. Freedom of association and all that. Plus anything that can be done to help stem the obesity epidemic can't be all bad (not that this will accomplish that, but social pressure can help.) However, having said that I don't think I would apply (not even sure if they accept gays so it might be moot point). Just doesn't sound like a nice group of people. The words "ugly" and "fat" are hurtful and unnecessary even if you do want to only date gorgeous people, and I have to admit I fit the stereotype of the gay man who is obsessed with physical beauty. However, if this website says "too ugly" etc. then I think the type of people who are drawn to it are going to be pretty superficial, even though I love a pretty face myself. But although I probably wouldn't want to be part of that group, I feel they have the right to manage their dating lives however they see fit. However, I do feel that if people want to criticize them for using "ugly" and "fat" then that's fair also. In fact I think they are probably encouraging it as a PR stunt per the quote from their home page above. OK, very long-winded fence sitting on my part. What do you think??