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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.”
Dear @TheEllenShow @SarahKSilverman I’m a HUGE fan of yours. 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. https://t.co/jxnMykSfIu— Lane Moore (@hellolanemoore) October 22, 2018
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.
This is nuts. There's no way someone on Ellen's staff didn't know about your show, Lane.— Brendan Smith (@blacksab67) October 22, 2018
Ellen, Sarah, please make this right for Lane, she’s fantastic and has worked so hard on this show for years!— pat tobin (spooky) (@tastefactory) October 22, 2018
I'm sorry to hear your idea was stolen the, I hope you get the recognition you deserve.— The Swearwolf (@Kydrasaur) October 22, 2018
Wow I had no idea while watching the show. Sorry this happened to you. Maybe Ellen will see this and she will invite you to her show...— Tina Hesse (@tinahesse981) October 22, 2018
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!!!”
Thank you so so much. You’re one of my lifelong comedy heroes and one of reasons I started doing comedy. I really really appreciate this tweet. And please let me come do Tinder Live on your show. I’d LOVE TO!!!— Lane Moore (@hellolanemoore) October 22, 2018
YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY— shonda rhimes wrote crossroads (@jersing) October 22, 2018
I’m glad when something on the internet works out peacefully, since that happens approximately 1/100,000,000,000 of the time. @hellolanemoore rules and good on @TheEllenShow and @SarahKSilverman to acknowledge her https://t.co/WTPZoC0UFv— Chase Mitchell (@ChaseMit) October 22, 2018
Moore’s next Tinder Live show is on Nov. 3 at Littlefield, an event venue in Brooklyn, New York.
the next Tinder Live! show at @littlefieldnyc is November 3 w/@connorratliff (UCB Comedy, Search Party), @michcoll (SiriusXM Studios, TLC) and @kyleayers (Never Seen It)! come catch me before I take Tinder Live on the road again next month!!! https://t.co/ck8CJjiPyb— Lane Moore (@hellolanemoore) October 22, 2018
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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.