Young and gay and looking for a mentor? Consider Grindr. That gay mobile phone app, headquartered in West Hollywood, is where Aaron Murphy, 27, took his search for a mentor according to his testimony before Judge Judith Sheindlin recently.
Murphy was testifying in a lawsuit brought by a 47-year old man identified as IRL, who claimed he had loaned the young gay man money and hadn’t been repaid. Murphy claimed the money had been a gift.
The caustic and hilarious TV judge asked Murphy how he had met his older “mentor.”
“We met on a, um … social website,” Murphy said, according to a story posted on Greg In Hollywood. “It’s actually called Grindr. … It’s an app for your phone or your iPad. It’s a social app that tells you where homosexual males are and their proximity to where you are.”
“Mr. Murphy, so, what you’re telling me, sir, is you went on this website in order to find someone who had the same sexual predisposition you did?”
“Um, no, actually, it was just to make friends,” Murphy said.
But Judge Judy wasn’t believing it. “If I was looking just to make friends, I wouldn’t go on a website that said it’s just for little, old Jewish ladies. I would try to expand my horizons a little bit, do you understand, Mr. Murphy?”
Judge Judy ruled on Murphy’s behalf and dismissed the claim for repayment of the money. But not before telling the plaintiff that he should consider someone “who is at least out of school” when he next looks for a social companion,