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Dean Wells says Bumble banning body-shaming is an ‘attack on free speech’

Married At First Sight’s Dean Wells has criticised dating app Bumble’s decision to ban body-shaming language on its platform.

The creative director, 43, slammed the company’s move and argued it was somehow an attack on free speech.

‘Yet another example of our freedoms being taken away one by one,’ he wrote on Instagram next a screenshot of an online news article about Bumble’s ruling.

Outspoken: Married At First Sight ‘s Dean Wells has criticised dating app Bumble’s decision to ban body-shaming language on its platform

He added: ‘Little by little our right to say, think and do whatever we want is being eroded.’ 

Returning to Instagram Stories a few hours later, Dean said he had received ‘tons of messages’ about his post and insisted ‘people are really taking it the wrong way’.

‘Of course I don’t condone fat-shaming, body-shaming, name-calling, all that kind of stuff…’ he began his lengthy rant.

Weird take: The creative director, 43, slammed the company's move and argued it was somehow an attack on free speech

Weird take: The creative director, 43, slammed the company’s move and argued it was somehow an attack on free speech 

Hmm: 'Yet another example of our freedoms being taken away one by one,' he said

Hmm: ‘Yet another example of our freedoms being taken away one by one,’ he said

‘However, we’ve just had movies, TV shows censored. People kicked off Twitter, people kicked off all kinds of platforms, just for saying the wrong thing.

‘You can’t have free speech but then decide which things people are allowed to be free to speak about.

‘Like, you have to have free speech for all and for everything, and just suck it up. It’s just words. Yeah, it sucks, but just block the person, kick them off.’

Reasoning: Dean argued that 'there's already too many restrictions on what we can and can't say and can and can't do' and that censorship 'is getting ridiculous'

Reasoning: Dean argued that ‘there’s already too many restrictions on what we can and can’t say and can and can’t do’ and that censorship ‘is getting ridiculous’

Dean, who has been trolled himself in the past, argued that ‘there’s already too many restrictions on what we can and can’t say and can and can’t do’ and that censorship ‘is getting ridiculous’.

He then shared an example of some of the name-calling he’d received because of his comments on the Bumble story, adding: ‘You do realise that I’m defending your right to be able to say dumb s**t like that?’ 

‘This is not China. This is a free country, you should be able to say whatever the hell you want. I can take it…’ he continued. 

Do as I do: Dean said he'd been on the receiving end of 'hundreds' of hateful comments lately, and advised others to 'just suck it up'

Do as I do: Dean said he’d been on the receiving end of ‘hundreds’ of hateful comments lately, and advised others to ‘just suck it up’ 

‘These all seem like minor, little things. It’s a movie here, it’s cheese there, and again, I’m not defending any of these things, everyone has a right to say and do whatever they want, but you need to realise, our freedoms are slowly but surely being taken away.’

Dean said he’d been on the receiving end of ‘hundreds’ of hateful comments lately, and advised others to ‘just suck it up’.

‘They [trolls] are just sad little pathetic humans that are a bit too obsessed with a silly reality TV show. Let them get it off their chest,’ he said. 

Argument: 'You can't have free speech but then decide which things people are allowed to be free to speak about,' Dean reasoned

Argument: ‘You can’t have free speech but then decide which things people are allowed to be free to speak about,’ Dean reasoned 

‘Banning them or fining them is not going to change those people from having those feelings. They’re still going to have those feelings, and they’re going to manifest in some other way.

‘I say, let people say whatever they want, and anyone that gets offended needs to just suck it up, and realise that’s just part of living in a free society. I stand by that 100 per cent.’ 

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Dean Wells for further comment. 

Decision: On Thursday, Bumble announced it was banning body-shaming on its platform

Decision: On Thursday, Bumble announced it was banning body-shaming on its platform 

On Thursday, Bumble announced it was banning body-shaming on its platform.

‘Bumble’s mission has always been to build a platform rooted in respect and kindness, and we’re taking another step to make our app safer for our community,’ a spokesperson said.

‘People who use body-shaming language in their profile or through the Bumble app’s chat function will receive a warning for their inappropriate behavior, and repeated incidents or particularly harmful comments will result in being banned from the platform.’

'Everyone has a right to say and do whatever they want, but you need to realise, our freedoms are slowly but surely being taken away,' he claimed

‘Everyone has a right to say and do whatever they want, but you need to realise, our freedoms are slowly but surely being taken away,’ he claimed

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