Petition Asks Dating Sites To Ban People Not Taking COVID-19 Pandemic Seriously

Freelance illustrator and webcomics author Samantha Rothenberg (a.k.a. Violet Clair), who boasts 214k followers on Instagram, has launched a petition seeking to ban people from dating sites who don’t take the COVID-19 pandemic seriously. Launched Thursday, the petition has since garnered 940 signatures as of this writing and is steadily climbing toward its goal of 1000. According to Violet Clair, women have been sending her text messages and DMs from potential matches at various dating sites who have used the COVID-19 pandemic to make booty calls.
“During these unprecedented times, it is crucial that we do everything in our power to stress the importance of social distancing,  not just for ourselves but for the more vulnerable members of society who are at risk,” Clair says in the petition. “A number of women have reported unconscionable activity on dating apps to me – everything from being mocked for abiding by social distancing rules to being outright propositioned for sex. The perpetrators are a threat not only to themselves but to society at large.”
“By making it possible to report (and consequently ban) dating app users for this behavior, lives WILL be saved,” the petition concludes.
Clair’s Instagram stories included examples of these bizarre, often raunchy exchanges that women have shared with her, many of which featured guys trying to have sex with while the women stressed the importance of social distancing. 
“Worth it to break the quarantine to hang with me?” a guy named asks a potential mate on an unknown dating app.
“This isn’t Lent; it’s a global pandemic,” the woman responds. 
In another exchange, the woman says she is taking social isolation seriously only to be accused of making excuses.
“Looks like dinner may have to be in BR,” the guy says. “Rumor has it NOLA go on lockdown like Italy.” 
“Yeah I’m taking social isolation seriously,” she shoots back. “Dinner will have to wait a while.”
“I’ve had a few excuses to bail on a date in my day but this one takes the cake,” he begrudgingly responds.
In another exchange, a guy admits he’s trying to use the pandemic to get sex.
“No, I can’t,” the woman says.
“It’s impossible to f**k you LOL,” the guy responds.
“There is a literal pandemic going on and you’re trying to get your d**k sucked,” she hits back.
” Yeah,” he says.
“That’s selfish,” she responds.
“LOL. K.”
Reports have ramped up this week about people, typically millennials and Gen Zers, treating the call for social distancing with flippant regard.
In one terrifying video released on Wednesday, Florida spring breakers openly said they do not care about the COVID-19 pandemic.
“If I get corona, I get corona. At the end of the day, I’m not going to let it stop me from partying,” one spring breaker said. “You know, we’ve been waiting, I’ve been waiting, for Miami spring break for a while, about two months we’ve had this trip planned. And we’re just out here having a good time. Whatever happens, happens.”
Another spring breaker said: “It’s really messing up my spring break. What is there to do here other than go to bars or the beach? And they’re closing all of it. I think they’re blowing it out of proportion. I think it’s doing way too much.”
In response, Republican Flordia Gov. Ron DeSantis closed all the beaches and bars in the Orange State. Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday night called on all residents to stay at home while allowing only essential businesses to operate.
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