The original article has been removed from The Daily Beast’s website. It sparked an international outrage. Are people oversensitive with this article or did the Beast overstep here?
The Daily Beast has now taken down the story and replaced it with an editor’s note that says the site “took an unprecedented but necessary step” by removing the article.
“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,” the apology continues. Read the full Note From the Editors here.PREVIOUSLY:
Just when it seemed impossible, journalism may have reached a new low.
The Daily Beast is under fire on Thursday after one of its straight writers lured gay (and closeted) athletes using dating apps for no apparent reason other than to shame them.
TDB’s latest gem, “The Other Olympic Sport in Rio: Swiping,” is the brainchild of straight, married writer Nico Hines, who thought outing Olympic athletes (some from “notoriously homophobic countries”) was somehow news.
A Slate column titled “This Daily Beast Grindr Stunt Is Sleazy, Dangerous, and Wildly Unethical” slammed TDB, calling it a “an exceedingly gross and bizarre article” and an “astoundingly creepy exercise in Grindr-baiting.”
Vox also weighed in with this headline: “The Daily Beast tried to prove Olympians like sex, but instead may have outed gay athletes.”
Gay activists called the article “despicable.”
“The Daily Beast should be embarrassed at this piece of homophobic trash and try swiping on some ethical journalism standards than playing games on Grindr,” prominent gay activist Danielle Moodie-Mills, who’s done consulting for GLAAD, told TheWrap.
You may want to get the hot water running in your shower before reading. This part is especially creepy:
“Perhaps the question most people have is: How do the rest of us get an invite? Can an Average Joe join the bacchanalia?
After 60 minutes in the Olympic Village on Tuesday evening, I’m surprised to say that the answer is ‘yes.