Judge Judy Gets a Crash Course Education About Gay Dating Apps

By: Ross von Metzke

Judge Judith Sheindlin has built an entire career out of smart, sassy comebacks that make the people in her courtroom look like fools and the people watching at home stand up and cheer. And even though Judge Judy is one smart lady who is savvy with pop culture references, before an episode that aired yesterday, she’d apparently never heard of Grindr.

Well she’s heard of it now, and she has something to say about the hookup app. Judge Judy heard a case involving two men who had met on the app.

"Um, we met on a, um...social website," said defendant Adam Murphy, who was being sued for not paying back a loan from the older plaintiff. "Um, it's actually called Grindr... Grindr, it's an app. For your phone or your iPad. It's a social app that tells you where homosexual males are and their proximity. To where you are."

Murphy said he met the plaintiff, who on the show is referred to as IRL, at an Applebees and he was just looking to make friends. Judy wasn’t buying that story, and responded with a matter of fact, “Baloney.”

"No, then you go on a website to make friends!" she said. "You go with college friends! But you went on a particular website. I mean, if I were looking to just make friends, I wouldn't go on a website that said, you know, it's just for little old Jewish ladies. I would try to expand my horizons a little bit, do you understand?"

Judge Judy also made it a point to tell Murphy that she believed he had been dishonest with the plaintiff.

“He was up front with you,” she said. “He wanted to be your friend and then he wanted more. He wanted more of a personal, interpersonal relationship other than just being a mentor.”

Even though the judge clearly felt for the plaintiff, she ended up dismissing the case, saying she believed the plaintiff gave Murphy money with no reasonable expectation to be repaid.

Watch a clip from the episode here.

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