"I knew there was some potential for backlash, but I'm not going to dodge it," he told the Washington Post.
The couple bought the domain “wherewhitepeoplemeet.com” in May 2015 and commissioned their son, a high school senior, to design it.
(“If you’re a black man who prefers to date white women, this might be a good option,” he said — presuming you can get over the object of your affection’s stated racial preferences.) It costs a month to message other members, and the site’s terms of service specifically prohibit messages that “promote racism, bigotry, [or] hatred.” “The site is not racially motivated in any way,” Russell stressed.
And yet, regardless of what Russell thinks about his site or his own intentions, there’s no denying that dating is racially motivated — and online dating, demonstrably so.
He also told the BBC that his wife, Tatiana, was already living in Vienna with their two young daughters before he started dating Marney in December, but that they are not legally separated.
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah -- The creator of the controversial new dating Web site, 'Where White People Meet.com' says the number one question he gets asked is, "Why? " “What prompted the idea is I was at home a few months ago sick watching daytime television being bombarded with whereblackpeoplemeet.com, LDS Singles, Christian Mingle, you name it there were websites out there and I thought, ‘well, why can’t there be where Where White People Meet.com?
Text messages The Mail published Sunday showed Marney saying that Meghan Markle, the biracial actress set to marry Prince Harry in May, would “taint our royal family.” “This is Britain, not Africa,” she said, before replying to an assertion that she was racist with “lol so what.” Stunningly, she added that Markle had a “tiny brain” and she would never have sex with “a negro.” Meghan Markle deletes Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts The 36-year-old Markle’s mother is African-American and her father is white.
Marney was quickly suspended from the party, which made a name for itself pushing against immigration and rallying support around the “Brexit” departure from the European Union that has roiled the British economy since last summer.
“I knew there was some potential for backlash, but I’m not going to dodge it,” he said.
The billboard was posted along the freeway Tuesday, causing a lot of conversation, some say is outdated thinking. We should be able to move past the sensitivity, not get offended every time we hear some word you don't think is politically correct.” While the site seems to have clear intentions, Russell said, anyone can join, regardless of race, as long as they follow the guidelines on the website.
Russell said he got into the finding-a-soulmate business to take a slice of the multi-billion dollar industry. “It wasn't in any way shape or form based on racism or any of those types of things at all.
Despite the controversy surrounding Where White People Meet.com, the local NAACP branch doesn't find the site offensive.
"I thought it was strange that they would put this Billboard up in Utah, especially with such a large White population and the high cost of Billboards," Salt Lake City NAACP spokeswoman Jeanetta Williams told Fox affiliate KSTU.