I'm having a hard time deciding which is worse, here: the fact that BeautifulPeople.com, a dating site built on a set of arbitrary aesthetic standards, even exists, or that people join it. At any rate, there are fewer official Beautiful People as of today; according to The Guardian, the site was infected with the Shrek virus last month, disabling the screening application to allow just any old person in. Today, BeautifulPeople.com started culling those new members undeserving of membership, a move that the company claims is an upholding of standards.
"We have to stick to our founding principles of only accepting beautiful people -- that's what our members have paid for," BeautifulPeople.com's Greg Hodge told The Guardian. "We can't just sweep 30,000 ugly people under the carpet."
The website works on a system under which members are able to rank applicants on a beauty scale. The decision to reject 30,000 cost the company more than US$100,000 in refunds and Hodge sent a regretful email to the distressed dumpees.
Hodge said the company was investigating the cyber attack, adding he suspected a disgruntled former employee may have planted the virus.
The ugly members cull is not the first time the site has courted controversy, news.com.au reported. In January this year it asked 5,000 users to reapply after they posted pictures of themselves looking chubbier than usual celebrating the festive season.
And earlier this month it sparked controversy in Ireland by declaring that Irish men were among the world's ugliest.
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