Like Sean Hannity? Want to date someone who also likes Sean Hannity? Hannidate may be for you!
The dating website sounds, and looks, like a spoof, but it really is Hannity’s — Hannity.com, his official website, links to the service, and he’s spoken about it in interviews in the past. What makes it special, aside from the fact that its thousands of users (many of whom don’t seem to use it much) presumably like Sean Hannity?
- The site bills itself as “Hannidate – The place where people of like conservative minds can come together to meet. Whether you are looking for a life partner, or just someone to hang out with, here you’ll be able to find exactly who you are looking for, locally or around the world.” They’re serious about that “around the world” part — lots of members live in foreign countries, though many are American ex-pats.
- Funny menu options! When you fill out a profile on the site, there are lots of Easter eggs sprinkled throughout your choices. Languages spoken includes “Southern.” Education includes “Working man’s PHD.” “Favorite Foods” includes “Anything my Mama makes.” “Drinking Habits” includes “Underage” (and curiously enough, “Gave it up” is the default option):
- For gay Hannity fans, the site has an extensive men-seeking-men section. Some of the profiles in the section look like spoofs (“i also get told i look a guy called harvey firesteen a lot, but i have no idea who that is… i’m looking for some non-gay guy buddies who are Baptist and don’t believe in gayness and support president Bush”), but most look legitimate; some are self-identified Log Cabin Republicans. When LA Times columnist Joel Stein interviewed Hannity about the site a while back, he said that “Hannidate is open to everyone;” Stein writes that “Hannity, it turns out, is against same-sex marriage but is pretty libertarian on gay relationships, often standing up to gay bashers on his show and putting gay former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey’s book on his book club list.”
This (long-inactive) profile might be a spoof too, but it was still pretty ballsy to put it up on the site:
The site is kind of a shambles, though. It might have been cutting-edge when it was founded in 2006 (though probably not), but it feels like the product of a bygone era. The FAQ page is blank, and the profile browser feels almost deliberately clunky. There were a surprising number of users on the site, but most of the profiles haven’t been updated for a week or more, suggesting that hopeful Hannidaters got discouraged and went elsewhere. I tried to e-mail the site administrator to ask a few questions about it, but all of the contact links were broken.
In this era of hyper-polarization, a politicized site like Hannidate could be a huge hit if it was run seriously. People of all political affiliations don’t want to read news coverage that they disagree with, so why would they want to run the risk of dating someone they disagree with? Paging Glenn Beck…
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