A gay farmer in Northern Ireland has seen one of his tweets go viral. In it, he shares screenshots of a message he received from another man on Grindr.
‘Hi’, opens the other man, predictably enough.
‘Nice dog,’ he continues.
‘Your [sic] nice too,’ he concludes.
Other than the grammatical misspelling of ‘you’re’, what’s wrong with this message?
The Grindr profile photo he was responding to shows our 22-year-old farmer hero holding one of his lambs.
Grindr tweet goes viral
The tweet has been liked over 34,000 times and retweeted 5,000 times. Hundreds of people felt moved to comment.
‘Missed opportunity to say “I’m kidding”’, joked @jprmercado.
‘He used the wrong form of YOU’RE, what did you expect??’ suggested @YvettetheMaid.
‘That’s hilarious! It’s clearly a kitten,’ chipped in @JayJay85918925.
Gay life in rural Northern Ireland
Charli (who preferred not to reveal his surname), lives in County Fermanagh.
‘The guy messaged me on Monday,’ he told Gay Star News. ‘I replied a few hours later pointing out that it was a lamb and not a dog.
‘He was mortified judging by his message and kept apologizing, but we both found it hilarious. He said he didn’t have his glasses on. I just think he wasn’t showing that much of an interest on my picture and he just wanted to get right to the point of messaging me and what he wanted.
‘It was no big deal to me but his messages were quite clearly showing how embarrassed he was. The fact he was so genuine made it all the more funnier.’
Raised on a farm when younger, Charli enjoys much about his rural life.
‘Growing up in the countryside is an experience many dream of and I’m lucky enough to live this way surrounded by fields, animals and fresh country air.’
‘I only have 20 sheep. For farmers, that’s a laughable amount but to city people they find it so interesting and quite amazing. They always respond in shock at how many that is. But it’s not.
‘I used to have chickens, ducks, geese and even turkeys at one point in life but as time goes on it didn’t work out to keep them as it was actually costing quite a bit. I previously had four calves also, which were sold a year later. My favorite animal was a black miniature pot-bellied pig called Suzi!
‘I also own a Red Siberian Husky. A wolf on the farm is not ideal or sensible but I’ve never made life easy for myself so why stop now?
Difficult to meet men
However, although Charli loves the countryside, it has its downsides.
‘Meeting men as a farmer is not easy,’ he admits. ‘It’s almost non-existent. The majority of men I’ve been with are not openly gay/bisexual and it’s just not an ideal way to live. Northern Ireland is extremely backward and narrow minded so obviously many are scared to live the life the way they want to, especially in the farming profession.
‘There’s a lot of toxic masculinity within the farming community, although there are many who are extremely open minded and have no issues with homosexuality. I’ve helped many of local men come to terms with their sexuality.
‘The most recent was a 50-year-old divorced father of two. He now lives his life as an openly gay man, has a partner and always thanks me for helping him. He says he’s never been happier and that’s a great feeling for me.’
Unfortunately, for Charli, his own quest to find Mr Right continues.
‘Basically, my love life is non-existent but who knows? I’m sure I’ll find the man of my dreams when the time is right… hopefully soon!’