Couples who met on dating apps are furious with Michelle Obama for comments she made about Tinder

Couples who met on dating apps are furious with Michelle Obama for comments she made about Tinder

In case you didn’t know, after writing an incredible book and going on a world tour, former First Lady Michelle Obama has now turned her attention to the podcasting world.

But her most recent episode of The Michelle Obama Podcast has got her in a litttttttle bit of hot water.

Speaking with comedian Conan O’Brien, she said ten fateful words that got a lot of people talking:

You can't Tinder your way into a long-term relationship.

Now it's clear Michelle knows a thing or two about maintaining a successful relationship.

But others weren't so happy with this short, out-of-context quote.

Many took the comments as an opportunity to point out the long-term happy relationships that they – or their loved ones – found on the app.

Others suggested that the former First Lady, and anyone else without first hand experience of dating online, should just keep out of it.

But some came to her defence, suggesting her comments were taken out of context by people who hadn’t listened to the entire episode.

Michelle said that getting off the apps and engaging with people (presumably even if you meet those people on the apps to start with) is the important thing.

This is different from what it's been interpreted as. She didn't say that people don't form long-term relationships having met on Tinder.

Obama also gave lots of other advice. She suggested that people should pick partners in the same way they’d pick members of a basketball team, saying: “If you’re looking at a team, the people you want to win with, then number one, you want everybody on your team to be strong, right? You don’t want any weak links, you don’t want somebody that you can dominate”.

We're no experts on basketball, but perhaps the conversation around Michelle's comments will lead to less stigma around dating online?

Or at least, less clunky dating advice from boomers. Wouldn't that be nice?

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