Though anyone can join Russell's site, its exclusionary title and apparent focus has irked many people on the internet. "I just believe it’s hypocrisy to say ‘one group can do this, but another can’t.'" The "groups" Russell is referring to are the primary audiences for dating websites like Black People Meet or JDate — which allow users to connect with black and Jewish singles (respectively).
Russell's views and comments have fueled internet outrage, to the point that what he's doing feels a bit like performance art; he may even be saying stereotypically racist things to incite anger and draw more attention to his site.
He wouldn't say how many of those registrants ultimately paid the per month typically required to become a full-fledged member (there is a special -per-month trial offer advertised right now).
With a lack of activity on the site but plenty of mainstream news coverage of its existence (the Chicago Tribune, Time, and the Washington Post are among outlets that have written about it), it seems like Where White People Meet could very well be an attempt by Russell to cash in on outrage.
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It's not unlike the racist boycott or the Starbucks red cup controversy that sparked debate toward the end of 2015.That's probably not a topic people really want to discuss on Facebook, in 140 characters on Twitter, or, as Ok Cupid's data has shown, in general.It's easier to simply profess your anger over Russell's silly site. "I knew there was some potential for backlash, but I’m not going to dodge it," he told the Washington Post.His reply isn't really steeped in the idea of service, but rather in the idea that because spaces for nonwhite people exist, spaces for white people should also exist."It’s our right to have this business," he told Dewey.
It's unclear whether this will change in the future, but it seems not all white people are free to meet on Where White People Meet.