As someone who receives messages all the time from young people fearful of coming out and living in the closet people like this make my blood boil.
I’m sick of pulling my punches when Scum bags like Nico Hines are writing articles like this and presenting it as Journalism.
Hines wrote an article for the Daily Beast which has since been edited about the hook-up app culture in the Olympic village and when he was unable to score a bite on Tinder and other mostly heterosexual apps decided to take to Grindr.
He then arranged dates with a number of Gay male athletes and proceeded to out them in an article for the Daily Beast. The how or why is irrelevant. This disgusting use of Gay athletes as Zoo animals to be hunted and exploited for some base tabloid journalism displays an incredible lack of intelligence and empathy.
Many athletes at Rio for this Olympics come from nations where Homosexuality is still illegal. The original article which gave detailed descriptions of the Athletes sports, countries of origin and physical appearance places their lives at risk.
It’s a disgusting stunt which by a married straight white male who was too stupid to consider that his actions might have far reaching consequences and could potentially ruin or end lives. He has stolen that moment all Gay people should have to present their own personal truth on their own terms and it’s despicable. But more than any of this it’s a demonstration of the culture of straight privilage where a man like this has never had to fear for his safety or his life because of who he loves. He has never had to walk down the street and worry about holding his partners hand or take a loved one to the hospital and fear being turned away.
He has toyed with other peoples lives for his own agrandisement and entertainment and I for one hope he never gets to write again.
This Tongan Olympic athletes response says it all!
Since the publication of this post the Editors have made the decision to removed the offensive article and issue this apology.
A Note From the Editors
The Daily Beast does not do this lightly. As shared in our editor’s note earlier today, we initially thought swift removal of any identifying characteristics and better clarification of our intent was the adequate way to address this. Our initial reaction was that the entire removal of the piece was not necessary. We were wrong. We’re sorry. And we apologize to the athletes who may have been inadvertently compromised by our story.
Today we did not uphold a deep set of The Daily Beast’s values. These values—which include standing up to bullies and bigots, and specifically being a proudly, steadfastly supportive voice for LGBT people all over the world—are core to our commitment to journalism and to our commitment to serving our readers.
As a newsroom, we succeed together and we fail together, and this was a failure on The Daily Beast as a whole, not a single individual. The article was not intended to do harm or degrade members of the LGBT community, but intent doesn’t matter, impact does. Our hope is that removing an article that is in conflict with both our values and what we aspire to as journalists will demonstrate how seriously we take our error.
We were wrong. We will do better.