Tinder CEO Gives Most Cringeworthy Interview Ever

A supermodel is begging him for sex, and, um, what's sodomy?
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2015 10:19 AM CST
Tinder CEO Gives Most Cringeworthy Interview Ever
Co-founders of Tinder Jonathan Badeen, left, and Sean Rad, attend the 19th Annual Webby Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on Monday, May 18, 2015, in New York.   (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)

There's candid, and then there's "painfully candid." Tinder CEO Sean Rad chose the latter route in an interview with the Evening Standard published Wednesday—a day before Tinder holder Match Group went public, reports the Washington Post. The result: The group has basically disowned him. Though joined by Tinder's communications VP—who cut him off at one point, noting "That's it! We're going to be fired"—the 29-year-old delivered some uncomfortable lines, including when trying to describe himself as sapiosexual, or someone who finds intelligence the most attractive quality. Rad accidentally threw out the word "sodomy," then had to Google what it meant. "What? No, not that. That's definitely not me. Oh, my God," he then clarified.

Rad went on to say he doesn't approve of penis pictures and has slept with 20 women, per Re/code. That led him to brag that a "really, really famous" supermodel has been "begging" him for sex. "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," he said. It wasn't just Rad that seemed odd. The interview itself was surprising since most companies keep quiet ahead of an IPO. Match Group's statement on the interview, however, explains all: "Mr. Rad is not a director or executive officer of the Company," it states in a new filing. "The article was not approved or condoned by, and the content of the article was not reviewed by, the Company or any of its affiliates." Rad's comments aside, Reuters notes that Match Group's shares were up as much as 12.5% in their IPO Wednesday morning. (Read more Tinder stories.)

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