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Straight media shocked that Andrew Scott, a gay man, would use Grindr, a gay app, to ‘find love’

Josh Milton January 6, 2020
Actor Andrew Scott made headlines... for being a gay man who used gay dating app Grindr to snag a date with another gay man. (Amanda Edwards/Getty Images/Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty)

Actor Andrew Scott made headlines... for being a gay man who used gay dating app Grindr to snag a date with another gay man. (Amanda Edwards/Getty Images/Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty)

A gay man who is not in a relationship used the gay dating app Grindr in a story so shocking and unexpected that several ‘straight’ media outlets had no choice but to cover it.

Local gay man Andrew Scott, known for playing the ‘hot priest’ on BBC’s Fleabag, had to “resort” to using the app, according to the MailOnline, “to secure a date”.

The paper described, for some reason, how Scott scrolled through the tiled torsos of Grindr to snag a date. Ending with Scott going to a bar in the popular queer neighbourhood Vauxhall, London, to meet his new man.

Gay man goes on date, which is news for some reason.

But wait, dear reader, how did Scott, a gay man, use Grindr, a gay dating app, to find love? He posted a “shirtless picture of himself on Grindr”.

Plot twist!

Scott was “not naked” in the picture and it was described as a photo “too racy” to make public, “but let’s just say he’s not called the Hot Priest for nothing!”

We can only begin to comprehend how many queer people rushed to install Grindr after reading the news.

Questions quickly pile: which tap does he opt for? Has Scott been left on read by anyone? To those who have left Scott on read, you have done a disservice to the community.

Andrew Scott says the term ‘casual sex invokes shame in people’. 

The 43-year-old was previously in a decades-long relationship with screenwriter Stephen Beresford, but the pair called it quits last year.

Moreover, Scott made headlines last week after describing why he believes people should stop using the term “casual sex” as it’s too tangled in taboo and judgement.

Andrew Scott. (Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Andrew Scott. (Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“The idea that you can’t extract any kind of meaning from casual sex,” the actor said, “I think that’s really dangerous because it invokes shame in people.”

He continued: “I think if you’re going through that situation where you’re having casual sex with people, sometimes that’s what you need to do.

“You have to be able to make mistakes and you have to find out who you are.”

More: Andrew Scott, dating, Fleabag, Grindr

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