Here is something that cannot be denied: Sean Rad is the CEO of Tinder. Here is something else that cannot be denied: Sean Rad, the CEO of Tinder, has no idea what sodomy is.

Rad, for undisclosed reasons that I cannot understand but am oh so very happy exist, decided to give a strange interview this week to the Evening Standard on the eve of Tinder’s parent company’s IPO.

Observe the strange juxtaposition of a man in charge of a multibillion dollar company happily admitting on the record that he “gets turned on by intellectual stuff” like sodomy.

He’s desperate to impress on me how gallant he is, citing the fact that a “supermodel, someone really, really famous” has been “begging” him for sex “and I’ve been like, no”. She’s “taunted” him, he says, and “called me a prude”.

“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. Attraction is nuanced. I’ve been attracted to women who are ...” he pauses “... well, who my friends might think are ugly. I don’t care if someone is a model. Really. It sounds clichéd and almost totally unbelievable for a guy to say this, but it’s true. I need an intellectual challenge.”

He continues: “Apparently there’s a term for someone who gets turned on by intellectual stuff. You know, just talking. What’s the word?” His face creases the effort of trying to remember. “I want to say ‘sodomy’?”

After looking up the word, Rad clarifies: “What? No, not that. That’s definitely not me. Oh, my God.”

And here’s Sean Rad discussing his mother, who he speaks to every day, because “I have no choice.”

In fact, the last woman he shared a bedroom with was his mother, Fariba, when he took her to Rome recently — although he nearly fled after seeing all her make-up in the bathroom (“I have OCD”) and only changed his mind because “I felt bad. I haven’t seen her in so long and wanted to be a good son”.

Here are some other things about Sean Rad you never wanted to know but guess what, too bad: what age he lost his virginity (17), how many women he’s slept with (20) and how often he falls in love (every other week).

An uplifting story, in the end (truly anyone—anyone—can make it big) though maybe not for Rad’s publicist.

[The Evening Standard]

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