Ben Affleck is coming under fire on social media due to his “creepy” dating app behavior. Influencer Nivine Jay shared on her TikTok account that she had matched with Affleck on dating app Raya. However, Jay had doubts that this user was the real deal and so unmatched him. Imagine her surprise, then, when Affleck slid into her DMs on Instagram to confirm that it really was him on Raya by sending her a short message.
As shared via Jay’s TikTok video, Affleck filmed himself saying “Nivine, why did you unmatch me? It’s me.” The clip went viral online, firstly as just a hilarious, unexpected celebrity encounter. However, Affleck then started facing backlash over his actions. Many feel that the star crossed a line by following up Jay’s rejection of him on Raya by chasing her down to another platform and questioning her decision to unmatch.
To begin with, though, here’s Jay’s original video:
TikToker is going viral after sharing the video Ben Affleck sent her after she unmatched with him on dating app Raya:
“Why did you unmatch me? It's me." pic.twitter.com/3R31AJPHWM
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) May 3, 2021
As you can see below, “creepy” is a word being used a lot by those criticizing Affleck for his behavior.
I don't know who needs to hear this — but sending someone a message on a different app after they've UNMATCHED you on a dating app is creepy and stalkerish. Even if you're Ben Affleck.pic.twitter.com/ecxvKSvZ5u
— chris evans (@chris_notcapn) May 3, 2021
Ben Affleck gives me creepy vibes, I never liked him
— ‼️Check acc for Covid resources‼️ (@amanduhbuynes) May 4, 2021
ben affleck is so creepy i wish i could unsee that video
— alma (@filmjolnir) May 4, 2021
surprised more people aren't just finding the ben affleck thing creepy
— pleasantly haunted (@yetanotherchris) May 4, 2021
This Ben Affleck thing isn't cute. It's everything wrong with how men treat women. He's famous, so what? She said no. Yet, he tracked her down & sends her a creepy "It's me!" video, assuming she made a mistake because his narcissist mind couldn't handle rejection. pic.twitter.com/VMGCqbZpFu
— TotalRandomMama (@TotalRandomMama) May 4, 2021
On a lighter note, others can’t resist using this situation to employ some memes.
Ben Affleck pic.twitter.com/05orO8nmUL
— pre (@shazyreplicant) May 3, 2021
Ben Affleck on Raya: pic.twitter.com/ukD4iifLHi
— Ben Yahr (@benyahr) May 3, 2021
So I’m not the only one who was creeped out by Ben Affleck on that tok pic.twitter.com/RfmzU8DCl2
— Lana (@LanaTheLady) May 3, 2021
Of course someone had to make this joke.
Ben Affleck when someone unmatches him on Raya pic.twitter.com/Swkd2rFKXt
— BLURAYANGEL (@blurayangel) May 3, 2021
This incident comes at a time when Affleck has been hitting the headlines for getting chummy with his ex Jennifer Lopez again, which led to much speculation that the two had rekindled their former romance. However, the Justice League actor’s antics on Raya seem to prove that he’s still single following his split from Ana de Armas and looking for love. Unfortunately for him, it didn’t work out on this occasion, and as for whether his follow-up video was warranted or not, well, that seems to be a matter of personal opinion, as some folks are also defending him online.
Ben Affleck is currently shooting The Flash movie, which could feature his final performance as Bruce Wayne. Other projects he has in the works include Robert Rodriguez’s Hypnotic and his next directorial effort, Ghost Army.