A dating site urged to scrape an ‘upsetting’ question

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Note: In the UK, the term of ‘Learning disability’ is used instead of ‘Intellectual disability’.

Charity Mencap released a video featuring some familiar faces from The Undateables urging the dating site to scrap the ‘upsetting’ question

Millions of people have turned to online dating to find that special someone.

But daters with learning disabilities have hit out after one website refused to remove a controversial question from its online questionnaire.

OkCupid asks its users: ‘ Would the world be a better place if people with low IQs were not allowed to reproduce?

The dating site asks the controversial question as part of its personality profiling scheme.

But figures released on Valentine’s Day today show 75% of the public found the content unacceptable and 74% believe the question should be removed, according to research by Mencap.

The charity for people with learning disabilities asked the dating site to remove the offending question back in May 2016 but says OkCupid has so far refused to respond to its complaints.

Mencap has now launched a petition, directed at OkCupid CEO Elie Seidman, arguing that « discrimination is #NotOKCupid. »

Together with its findings, Mencap released a video featuring the reactions of people with a learning disability to the ‘deeply upsetting’ question.

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Undateables star Kate was upset by the question (Photo: Mencap)

The clip features some familiar faces from the Channel 4 show ‘The Undateables’, a reality documentary which follows people with learning disabilities as they try to find love.

Kate, who has Downs Syndrome, said: « I feel quite upset even answering the question… I think it should be taken down. »

She continued: « There may be someone in the future that could fulfill that gap in my life, in my heart.

« I would love to get married, one day I would love to have a kid. »

Another star says: “It’s an insult. Everybody’s got the chance to be with someone.”


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