Santorum Claims He Thought Grindr Was a Coffee App

Jul 03, 2012

Grindr SantorumFormer U.S. presidential candidate Rick Santorum has issued a statement claiming that he didn't know what the gay dating app he downloaded to his iPhone was for when he downloaded it.

The 51 year old former senator from the state of Pennsylvania was caught Friday when during an interview with a reporter he took out his iPhone to answer an emergency call from his wife.

During the 10 second interval it took for Santorum to figure out how to answer the call, the reporter noticed the distinctive icon for Grindr - "the world's biggest mobile network of guys" - on the conservative, catholic father of seven's home screen.

"Is that - is that - Grindr Mr. Santorum?" the young reporter can be heard saying on videotape of the incident, "America's number one gay dating app?"

"Grindr? What? No.The yellow one? Oh right. OK. Grindr.  Like coffee grinds. Yeah that's something I downloaded for coffee.  It finds the nearest Starbucks."

A review of the videotape clearly shows, however, that Santorum's iPhone was not carrying this hypothetical app to find coffee, but rather the very real Grindr whose purpose is to "find local gay, bi and curious guys for dating or friends for free."

Let He Who is Without Men...

Santorum is the bête noire of America's LGBT community because of his consistently homophobic views, especially evident in his apishly retrograde 2003 interview with the Assosciated Press where he made the following remarks comparing homosexuality to incest:

"And if the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything. Does that undermine the fabric of our society? I would argue yes, it does"'

And then added:

"That's not to pick on homosexuality. It's not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be."

In response sex columnist and gay rights activist Dan Savage created a contest to redefine Santorum's surname, which has thenceforth been known on Google as  a "frothy mixture of fecal matter and lube which is sometimes a byprouct of anal sex."

Santorum's statement claims that he is a "devoted father of seven and avid coffee drinker. He has no further comment."

 

UPDATE: As some astute commenters have pointed out, this article is satire.

But although this article is fake, homophobia is very real. Please consider donating to the Human Rights Campaign to participate in the struggle for LGBT equality. Or follow that organization on Facebook or Twitter. Thank you. 

  • Bobby Thurman

    Please post the video, or this story is just a sad hoax.

  • lesbeautes

    Darling, read the About section of the Daily Currant’s site:
    Q. Are your newstories real?A. No. Our stories are purely fictional. However they are meant to address real-world issues though satire and often refer and link to real events happening in the world

  • dguy24

    SO……did he figure it out what the app was? Is he gonna do something against the app? What is the purpose of this article. There is no conclusion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/darienstarr Michael Omega Welch

    lulz

  • kvan

    bête noire

  • DailyCurrant

    Good catch.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=506857621 Dusty Alan Jones

    Shh, honey. The adults are talking.

  • Daly

    I didn’t know this site was satire lots of people are just linked here through news feeds- and other sites pick it up- at least the onion has a tag line. We’re not going to go through your site and find the about section

  • Jason

    welp, even if it’s satire this time, it’s certainly a familiar storyline for other politicians with similar backgrounds. :P

  • The Smart One

    What an unintelligent idiot, Mr. Santorum is. I am glad he is no longer in the running what a shameful person. He knows EXACTLY what that app is because in order to buy that app you must first download it from the site itself which gives you a clear definition of what the app is or if it is bought someplace else there is going to be a description so someone like this doesn’t think its “for coffee houses.” So he is either a republican who is like some others who says gays are bad but goes out with them or he has that app to cause problems for gays. Mr. Santorum… the majority of us are not idiots and those that can read between your lines can clearly see what you are doing now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/octoberwolf6786 Darren Bishop

    roflmgbo

  • Logan

    Realllllly…. the app has a description and the title is Grindr-Gay bi & curious… def doesn’t say anything about coffee! lol

  • Kellin

    Where can I see the interview? For proof.

  • Elin

    As much as I’d like for the bastard to get caught like this and be shown for the pathetic hypocrite he really is, when you think about it, this article is incredibly unreliable.
    It clearly says he took his time to answer a phone call, and if this is an iPhone we’re talking about, which I’m just going to assume, you can’t see the home screen or any apps when you’re trying to answer a call…

  • http://twitter.com/brunolovesbrit Bruno Aloi

    Once again, homophobic people being scared/pressed gays! Smh.

  • MortimerBooks

    Oh so this is a satirical site? you could do more to make that apparent.

  • ben

    Oh, I get it, like that joke on George Takei’s picture-feed, like, yesterday… Good one

  • Jack

    This was funny two days ago when it was part of the TomKat divorce meme

  • http://www.facebook.com/shea.r.allen Shea R Cada

    wouldn’t you notice that Grindr wasn’t a coffee app when you started it up? or when it DIDN’T give you directions to the nearest starbucks? or at least when there where pictures of guys and not coffee destinations? it would take less that 2 minutes on Grindr to notice that it wasn’t for coffee.

  • http://www.facebook.com/roland.hoeppner Roland Hoeppner

    HaHa!! He’s just upset that he got caught… Starbucks has its own app… Don’t try and use that as a cop out. Closet gays these days lol

  • Justin

    It’s called the daily “currant”
    A small dried grape like fruit. The satire is pretty obvious if you look and part of what makes it funny is that it comes across as legitimate news.

  • DailyCurrant

    I didn’t catch that.

  • W

    In light of the Rick Santorm Homosexual Hypocrite Shitstorm, I encourage
    everyone to go to Rick’s page, and report his page, choose “Hate Speech
    or Personal Attack” and choose the option Targets based on gender or
    orientation. I’m sorry, but it is no longer time for niceties for
    people who use religion as a way to spread hate speech.

  • DailyCurrant

    Thank you Justin. In fact the Onion’s tagline is “America’s finest news source”. It doesn’t clearly state it is satire, its just been around so long its brand name is synonymous with it now.

  • Tim

    You could pretend that the large percentage of people who come here and don’t realize its satire since there’s nothing obvious to indicate that it is have themselves to blame…or you could put a small disclaimer at the end of each article…or you could admit that you just like the traffic and don’t care about misleading people.

  • good one

    pun intended?

  • http://www.facebook.com/justin.r.adams.3 Justin Ryan Adams

    LMFAO!!!! this is hilarious!! next he’ll say he was visiting http://members.gay.nutbud.com because he liked squirrels and was trying to find nuts…

  • dwreid

    Close. Grinder will find you some “bucks” but just not STARbucks. Well played Mr. Santorum.

  • Mr-DJ

    But we should actually use as many of these Daily Currant stories, and those from The Onion as we can. Spread them around. They are the only real FAIR & BALANCED REPORTING to match up to FAUX NEWS. The GOP uses FAUX, let’s use CURRANT & ONION !!!! Let the games continue!!

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  • http://furthestthingfromnormal.tumblr.com Josh

    I find this reply very ironic. xD

  • http://www.facebook.com/kmolter Kyle Molter

    For all who don’t know, when you mouse over the Daily Currant logo in the top left of any page it clearly states the objectives of this website.

  • Not so much

    Yr doing it wrong (satire)

  • accoustic22

    As much as I’d like to believe this, the problem is you can’t see the apps on the iPhone when the phone is ringing. I will probably never return to this faux news again. :-(

  • Jaydan

    The Daily Currant is an English language online satirical newspaper that covers global politics, business, technology, entertainment, science, health and media. It is accessible from over 190 countries worldwide – now including South Sudan…taken right from their about section

  • Jayseattle

    You don’t even need to read the “about” section of the daily currant is to know that this article was for fun. All you needed to do was read the complete article. Idiots. It clearly states that it was a satire piece. I am continually astonished at how many stupid people are running around out there.

  • Anthony

    Bahahahaha he is so busted. Grindr is clearly not a coffee app!! It warns you etc before even setting it up; explaining that is for 18yo’s and over!!

    The app also makes you set up a profile etc before allowing people to message you and for those messages to appear on the screen. My my its funny to see what comes out in the wash.

    When is the entire world going to realize that being gay is 100% normal. Yes there are certain stereotypes that even we cringe at within the scene, but the majority of us blend in well with everyday society, but then again same can be said about the bogans and rednecks and weirdos in the straight community. You’re all no better.

    I hate sexual child abuse being associated with gay men. Lets look at facts shall we… 87% of children that are sexually abused are female. The 13% of the children are boys, most of which are abused by Catholic priests, private catholic school teachers, a family relative or friend. Staights have so much pride in their ignorance that they are blinded by what the truth really is.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1440205117 Dave Koch

    Mmmm Hmmmm. …and I thought RentBoy.com was a place I could order home delivery of peanut-butter and jelly sandwiches. The haters who scream always turn out to be blowing the Alter Boys. GAWD, what an AssNozzle.

  • Abby

    This article clearly says this is SATIRE poeple. This incident did not truly happen in true life, it was cerated with a biting comedic twist to make a point about homosexuality.

  • Jon

    it’s not faux news, it is satire. For entertainment. Laughter? Ha Ha? Any of this ringing any bells?

  • Jon

    that got off topic real quick

  • http://www.facebook.com/coachoster Mitchell Oster

    Look, no one is more enraged by the politics of Rick Santorum. But I cannot understand how people keep messing this up. READ THE QUOTE. He is saying that homosexuality is NOT like man on dog or man on child. I wish he had related homosexuality to those things because then he would deserve all this stuff. But he said the opposite. The word “NOT” has an actual meaning. How can people just ignore it? Just continue to be flummoxed for 9 years straight now.

  • DailyCurrant

    The issue is that it should be obvious to anyone that homosexuality is not akin to bestiality. The fact that he felt he needed to spell that out betrays his prejudices..

  • Guest

    Can’t anyone see the caption at the end of the article?! It says the article is fake. Nevertheless it’s a funny story which does indeed reflect reality certain times.

  • Nebbie

    I bet Santorum
    is in the closet…. I don’t even live in the US and this guy full of precious nutrient rich crap.

  • Benjamin

    “…homophobia is very real.”

    Having had people in my family with very real phobias (arachnophobia, claustrophobia, etc), throwing that “word” around is extremely insensitive. If people had a genuine phobia because of some characteristic of my behavior, I would show them compassion and do what I could to help them overcome their fears.

    So far, I haven’t seen anyone jump up on a table screaming, “AAAAAH! IT’S A HOMOSEXUAL!!!” So if you want to have an intelligent dialogue, quit calling a disagreement with a lifestyle something it’s not. The vast majority of people using that term are not psychiatrists, so stop diagnosing what you are unqualified to diagnose.

  • DailyCurrant

    Homophobia is not a psychiatric term, so it would be fruitless to limit its use to psychiatrists.

    Despite its inclusion of the word “phobia”, homophobia is not meant to refer to a pathological fear of homosexuals;

    Rather is a term of convenience, a way of expressing “an ignorance based prejudice against homosexuals” in only one word.

    I’m not certain, but it was probably modeled on “xenophobia”; an irrational fear of foreigners.

    No xenophobe jumps on tables when he sees a foreigner either, but that doesn’t make the term any less appropriate.

    Your confusion seems to stem from the fact that medical terms often use Greek or Latin roots.

    But many words in general language do as well, and using the Greek suffix “phobia” in non-medical contexts is just as valid as using it in the way you describe.

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  • TaVe

    Perhaps you want them to use heterosexist?

  • TaVe

    Homosexuality is a sexual orientation. Bestiality is a act. So of course
    they are different. It would be like saying liking the idea of
    murdering someone and stealing are the alike. So maybe he was playing
    word games to avoid sharing that he thinks zoosexuality and
    homosexuality are alike. :)

    Although I find the two to be very much alike. Homosexuals and
    zoosexuals both can involve loving consensual sex with the group they
    are attracted to. Both should be accepted. The main difference is giving
    marriage rights does not make any sense.

  • http://www.facebook.com/SrPtchKd Pedro Del Rey

    it finds the nearest starbucks alright lmao !.

  • kimsterama

    you dumbasses, it’s called satire for a reason.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bobby.stanworth Bobby Stanworth

    roseanne barr had a
    “traumatic brain-injury” when she was 16, dylan terreri had a “traumatic
    brain-injury” at 16 – why has dylan’s insolent creativity gone ignored
    while roseanne’s potty-mouthed insults are celebrated?

    what does a man – who was “traumatically brain-injured” in 1990 – have
    to do in order to follow in the gay-hating, female-bashing footsteps of
    the mighty “slim shady,” i ask myself. i was convicted of a felony a
    decade ago, after i sent a ton of threatening emails to strangers as a
    marketing tool for my website. i’ve written a plethora of anti-gay
    essays and female-compromising petitions that i’ve posted on many
    different websites to link to my own website, i’ve decorated my car with
    graphics and slogans to direct people to my website, i’ve gone to
    websites for parody and i’ve posted over a hundred song parodies written
    by me that were taken directly from the 700 that are on my own website.

    i was childhood friends with someone named seth who is in the band “les
    savy fav” now, i just went to a bakery today and saw an advertisement
    for a local man who is in a band and currently performing in nashville, i
    see all of this and i ask myself “what about me”. i’ve even written a
    parody of a song called “what about me” that was done by a band called
    “moving pictures” in 1989. so, what about me? what do i have to do to
    get my 13 year-old website noticed by singers and actors and producers,
    how can i let people know of the talent that has been brewing inside of
    me for years? i can sing, i can act, i can write – all of my
    homosexuality-compromising words of demeaning wit are on parade in video
    skits at my website of (homo)sexual assault that is http://www.anti-gay.com.
    all of my vagina-compromising satire is on parade at my websites of
    mockery that are http://www.femalebashing.com and http://www.strongwomen.info and
    http://www.legalizerape.org. the product of both my childhood and my
    “traumatic brain-injury” is live for all the world to see at my website
    of morissette-inspired parody that has been http://www.jaggedlittledyl.com
    since 1999.

    i mock Strongwoman’s menstrual cycle because it derails the entire
    concept of feminism, simply with the fact that mommy lays an egg once a
    month. i mock Strongwoman’s breasts because they derail the entire
    concept of feminism, simply though the role of the milk that mommy
    produces for the life that started as the aforementioned egg. i mock
    Strongwoman’s dependence on the type of “special olympics” that is
    otherwise known as gender-based sports teams. i mock the lackluster
    “g.i. jane” and her reliance on gender-based military requirements. i
    mock gender-based fitness centers and gender-based poker nights, and did
    you know that the “coney island hot dog eating competition” had to go
    and add a “womens’ division” in order for the little females to triumph
    (in light of the taller, wider, dare i say “stronger” gender)?

    “we should’ve known you question your manhood when we saw you playing
    with it like you just bought it at some kind of curiosity shop”. “how
    can you expect to be man enough to satisfy my hunger for a man…or
    anyone else’s hunger, for that matter…if YOU hunger”. these are two
    quotes from one of the anti-gay screenplays i have written, and all of
    my screenplays are kept on my site. the idea started as
    jaggedlittledyl.com in early 1999, out of an obsession with “jagged
    little pill,” and i later registered anti-gay.com after realizing all of
    the anti-gay material on it. it’s grown to over 25 urls, but it’s all
    http://www.jaggedlittledyl.com.

    regarding today’s overcompensating society where masculivoids like gays
    and females march in parades to fabricate a sense of masculine identity
    (ala, “rosie the riveter” stating “we can do it”) in hopes of believing
    themselves when they say “i’m more man than you’ll ever be,” i realize
    the thoughts expressed on my website would be deemed as hateful or
    intolerant. now, aside from a bumper sticker i’ve created which reads,
    “tolerate my intolerance, you bigot,” there is nothing to say to anyone
    who is thin-skinned enough to hold a pity-party and then call anyone
    “hateful” or “intolerant”. people like that will always be offended at
    anything questioning their identity (their gender-disorientation), and
    there is no getting through to someone bull-headed enough to use pride
    as a defense-mechanism (“we here, we’re queer, get used to it”). so i
    mock gays and feminists and other masculine slights on my vulgar
    website, which could’ve been “slim shady: part two”.

    i really feel that my talents should be recognized. as i’ve said, i can
    sing and i can act and i can write. i am a talented singer with a
    vocal range not as vast as mariah carey’s, but i can sing along with her
    on a few of her songs without dropping an octave. i have no training,
    so the “orgasm” scales/sounds that she makes in the song called
    “emotions” are not done as meticulously when i do them in my
    falsetto…but i can emulate them.

    i am a talented actor, having been the “2nd freshman thespian” in my
    high school’s well-established “thespian society”. i’ve had “ferris
    bueller’s day off” memorized since 1987…and “dirty dancing” memorized
    since 1988. i amazed my friends as i’d recite every line, i amazed them
    even more than when i’d blow spit-bubbles off of my tongue. i was the
    MC in cabaret, as well, at age 15…i was in other plays, but cabaret
    was the one i got the most glory from.

    stephen king was my favorite author as a boy, and it certainly shows if
    you’d get a look at some of the “nastygrams” i’ve sent to restaurants
    and waitresses who have treated me with little respect. i’ve been
    investigated by the fbi, my letters were so twisted and so brilliantly
    expressive that people were psyched into believing they were being
    threatened by the mention of blood and islamic rape-rooms. though i
    only brought up the waitresses’ “blood-red vaginas” to imply that women
    lay eggs. a woman bleeds out an egg from her womb. a woman is man-like
    with a womb, wombman. womman. woman.

    wrapping up, i will state again that i am a star waiting to be born. i
    can sing, i can act, i can write. i have more talent than 90 percent of
    famous people. i have more talent that 100% of famous niggers,
    including the “white house-negro”…and beyonce…and jay-z.

    i like to compare myself to slim shady, the anti-gay and anti-female
    side of eminem, just not with the same kind of tolerance for black
    people. gosh, if negros want reparations for a free ride from africa to
    america, why don’t they move back to africa and pretend that slavery
    never happened?

    dylan terreri, i

    http://www.jaggedlittledyl.com

    …..

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