Bumble founder Whitney Wolfe Herd recently spoke about death threats she and the dating app company’s staffers received from pro-gun activists after Bumble implemented a policy of banning profile photos with guns in them.
“It was ‘We’re coming for you, we know where your office is,'” Herd said. “Our team members were getting harassed.” Bumble made the change in policy in March following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas H.S.
Herd has been an eloquent advocate for changing America’s culture on guns, saying, “[Bumble’s] brand values are equality, empowerment, kindness and accountability. Do guns fit that bill? No.” “The majority of women that die from domestic abuse a year is from guns,” she added. “Why would we want to romanticize that?”
Bumble’s offices had to have police protection for several weeks because of the threats. Herd is undettered. “It pissed a lot of people off, but it was the right thing to do,” she said.
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Thank you so much for banning guns from Bumble profile pics. I believe you did the right thing. Whitney Wolfe Herd was spot-on: We do not need to be romanticizing weapons that are used to control and inflict violence against women. Firearms frequently play a lethal role in relationships, abetted by the country’s weak gun laws. The mark of a leader is the willingness to take personal risks to do what is right and challenge the corrupt status quo. I’ve been so inspired by your actions. From now on, I will do my best to support the Bumble brand and the values it stands for: equality, empowerment, kindness and accountability. You’ve got my support and appreciation.
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