Ellen DeGeneres apologizes for ripping off ‘Tinder Live,’ a game created by a queer woman

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People on Twitter advocated for DeGeneres to give the comedian credit.

When comedian Sarah Silverman made an appearance on The Ellen Show on Sunday, Ellen DeGeneres prompted her to play a game of “Tinder Live.” The segment involved Silverman “swiping” left or right on potential celebrity suitors, and she ultimately narrowed her choices down to Drake and John Cena.

But the show didn’t mention or credit comedian Lane Moore, who created the game back in 2015. Moore’s version involves her going on the dating app to interact and match with Tinder dates in real time. She projects the Tinder profiles in front of an audience as they help her decide whether she should swipe left or right.

So when DeGeneres tweeted about her “Tinder Live” segment, Moore tweeted to Silverman and DeGeneres to tell them it was her idea in the first place.

“I’m a HUGE fan of yours,” Moore wrote. “I created Tinder Live almost 5yrs ago. It has a Wikipedia page, its been in the New York Times, I tour the country w/it. I’d love to come do it on ur show! But pls know it already exists & a queer woman (me) created it.”

Moore, who did not respond to the Daily Dot’s request for comment, told HuffPost in 2017 that she created the show to turn the “isolating and depressing experience” of using Tinder alone into a fun game involving audience members. Moore said as a queer woman, she had both negative and positive experiences of meeting people through the dating app, but one of her more romantic memories included ice skating at Rockefeller Center and getting apple cider.

Following her tweet, people on Twitter advocated for Moore to get credit for her work.

Shortly after, DeGeneres tweeted to apologize for taking Moore’s idea. “I had no idea, but you’re clearly brilliant,” she said. “Now I do have an idea, and I’ll go watch.”

Moore responded to thank DeGeneres.

“You’re one of my lifelong comedy heroes and one of reasons I started doing comedy,” she wrote. “I really really appreciate this tweet. And please let me come do Tinder Live on your show. I’d LOVE TO!!!”

Moore’s next Tinder Live show is on Nov. 3 at Littlefield, an event venue in Brooklyn, New York.

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Sunny Kim

Sunny Kim

Sunny Kim studies journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. She's an editorial intern with the Daily Dot. Her work has appeared in the Daily Texan and Popular Mechanics.