Tinder user goes viral for telling cop ‘I don’t speak pig’

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She was subsequently banned.

We all have our preferences when it comes to swipes. But for some, especially marginalized folks, seeing a police officer in uniform on Tinder can be disarming.

Twitter user @lilmissagitated is a queer communist labor organizer who came across a Chicago police officer named Steven on Tinder. Steven, 29, uses the phrase “I will serve and protect you” in his bio, which put her off.

“Seemed like he was using [his position as a police officer] as a pickup and that really bothered me,” @lilmissagitated told the Daily Dot over Twitter DM. “Cops commit assault in their uniforms, to see one brazenly advertising himself on Tinder to young women that way really made me uncomfortable.”

She ended up swiping right to see if the two would match, and they did. She started off the conversation with the opening line “fuck 12” (a slang term for “fuck the police,” for the uninitiated).

The police officer responded by saying, “you seem nice,” to which @lilmissagitated sent two pig emojis.

“Sorry,” she told him, “I don’t speak pig.” Hours later, she learned she was banned from Tinder.

“Your Tinder profile has been banned for activity that violates our Terms of Use,” the account message reads, according to a screenshot shared by @lilmissagitated in a tweet on Wednesday. As for telling off the cop, she admitted in the tweet that it was “definitely worth it.”

Her story has since gone viral, her tweet garnering over 5,000 retweets and 34,000 likes as of Friday morning.

“I can’t believe that I, an actual angel, [have] been banned from Tinder,” @lilmissagitated tweeted a day later. “What am I supposed to do while I shit now.”

https://twitter.com/lilmissagitated/status/1083222071012814850

Twitter users were quick to join in on the fun, celebrating @lilmissagitated’s takedown.

https://twitter.com/azeem3610/status/1083251216564465664

Granted, not everyone appreciated @lilmissagitated’s dunk, with Twitter users complaining that it was “very, very rude” or that “this ain’t it, chief.” Others became horny on main over the cop.

https://twitter.com/st3ndart/status/1083283509106618368

@lilmissagitated told the Daily Dot that while she’s come across many police officers and military personnel on Tinder, she usually doesn’t contact them. But this particular officer’s bio didn’t sit well with her and overall, she has concerns with cops using Tinder. Marginalized Tinder users sometimes want to avoid police officers on dating apps out of fear—the power and authority that an officer holds over a marginalized person is scary and easy to abuse. In @lilmissagitated’s case, she told the Daily Dot that she’s “personally experienced police brutality first-hand,” so cops are a trigger for her.

“I thought about what to say and honestly ‘fuck 12’ was the tamest thing I could come up with that I thought wouldn’t get me in Tinder trouble but I guess I was wrong about that,” @lilmissagitated told the Daily Dot.

Afterward, the police officer “tried to tell me he was one of the good guys,” she said, but he blocked her after she told him he was “was an agent of the state.” Hours later, she was banned. Admittedly, she was “surprised” that she was kicked off the platform.

“I just didn’t think I said anything that would get me permanently banned from Tinder,” @lilmissagitated said. “But it’s sort of like being banned from a porta potty, I’d rather just hold it.”

She suspects Tinder treats negative messages directed at cops as if they are just as dangerous as abuse levied against marginalized users.

“I’ve had friends on Twitter get banned for insulting Nazis, yet there’s still so many Nazis on this site,” she said.

The Daily Dot reached out to Tinder for comment on @lilmissagitated’s ban and is awaiting a response.

Ana Valens

Ana Valens

Ana Valens is a reporter specializing in online queer communities, marginalized identities, and adult content creation. She is Daily Dot's Trans/Sex columnist. Her work has appeared at Vice, Vox, Truthout, Bitch Media, Kill Screen, Rolling Stone, and the Toast. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and spends her free time developing queer adult games.