Canadian YouTube and Facebook comedienne, who only identifies herself as Davison, donned a head scarf and created a profile named “Sara” on Tinder — before creating an almost identical account as a modest Christian — to observe the different users’ reactions to each profile.
The experiment, which she dubbed as “Muslim versus Christian on Tinder” on YouTube, was meant to show how many matches both types of profile got on the dating site. However, the main focus of the project was to see the number of matches for her “Muslim” profile.
On Saturday, she saw that the Christian Sara had 240 matches while the Muslim Sara had only 100. However, the Muslim Sara had more “Superlikes” than her Christian counterpart. So, she was understandably quite surprised when her Muslim account was put under review and shortly after got blocked, allegedly because it received a lot of reports against it.
Davison attempted to get her profile re-instated by sending the moderators several emails citing she was a real person and even going as far as emailing them her Facebook account. Her argument that her account was blocked simply because of her faith also met with no response.
The comedienne has expressed her doubts over the reasons her account was blocked: A few Tinder users had recognized her face and one even reportedly asked her if she was doing an experiment.
"I have no way of knowing if it's that users were angry because they saw I had two identical profiles, or if it had something to do with the fact that I was Muslim that I was banned, but I find it very interesting that until today, Tuesday, I have a fully functioning Christian Sara profile and a completely blocked Muslim profile," Davison said in her YouTube video.
Many of the people who saw the video found it interesting but some were not convinced of the method she employed.
“What's the point of doing this?” asked one frustrated viewer. “Muslim women have already gone through enough and this is just so patronizing.”
Another user complained: “Why did you feel that in order for people to understand anything that has to do with a marginalized group, it has to come from the mouth of a white person. Please stop whitesplaining.”
Maysoon Zayid, co-founder and co-executive producer of the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival, claimed that the experiment was “highly offensive.” She said that the headscarf Davison wore was “cartoonish” and that she needed “to find herself another hobby.”