While most of the people blessed to attend and participate in the Olympics are simply soaking in the moment, there are others who may have reason to fear for their lives. And it's all thanks to Daily Beast editor, Nico Hines.
Hines, a London editor for the news publication, published an article early Thursday morning entitled "I Got Three Grindr Dates in an Hour in the Olympic Village." To begin, it's a weird title for three reasons: 1) it assumes it's an odd occurrence for Olympians to be gay; 2) it assumes it's an odd thing for these gay men to want to go on dates; and 3) it assumes that three date inquiries for Nico Hines is an absurdity— which, once you get all the facts, it is. But not for reasons he alludes to.
See, Nico Hines is actually a heterosexual man, married with children. So why did he join the app Grindr that was created for gay men? To spy on gay Olympians.
In the article, as Mic so thoroughly explains, Hines includes that "[some] athletes on Grindr made it clear that they were only interested in other sports stars." He also describes "the heights, weights and countries of origin of several athletes whom he arranged dates with." Not only does this information make it easier to pinpoint which athlete is in question, but for one of them in particular, it could have dire consequences. Kazahkstan, a country with no laws to protect people belonging to the LGBT-community, is the home of one of the men, and could easily mean death. (The Daily Beast has since removed countries of origin, but nothing is ever dead on the internet).
Needless to say, this is no joking matter.
Hines wrote in his article that he "confessed to being a journalist as soon as anyone asked who [he] was," but there was no implication that he intended to write about the experience.
Since the backlash, the Daily Beast has yet to take down the piece, but instead added an addendum. In the letter that reads just about as long as the original piece, Editor in Chief John Avlon assured us all that publishing a homophobic piece was "never our reporter’s intention" and "[a]s a result, we have removed all descriptions of the men and women’s profiles that we previously described."
Avlon then goes on to explain how he and his staff feel about the piece, which is much more important than any criticism from the actual LGBT community, apparently: "Some readers have read Nico as mocking or sex-shaming those on Grindr. We do not feel he did this in any way. However, The Daily Beast understands that others may have interpreted the piece differently."
I guess everyone's supposed to feel okay with it now because "some of the profiles described were of straight women."
Yikes. At least we know where to go when justice is failing us. Read Twitter's response below.
Then there was this thought...
And this discovery...
Not only was this story completely inappropriate, but it seems to cross the code of ethics for journalism. And more than just Matthew Rodriguez of Mic is calling him out for it.
Here's to hoping they'll do more than just change it to another clickbait-y title.
Yes, gay men enjoy sex too. Even ones who are extremely buff and gifted in their sport of choice. SMH.
[Photo: Twitter, Daily Beast]