target: Joey Levin, CEO, IAC/InterActiveCorp (owner of Daily Beast); John Avlon, Editor-in-Chief, Daily Beast
A Daily Beast journalist named Nico Hines outed a bunch of closeted Olympians who live in repressive countries. In a sleezy attempt at humor, Nico got on the dating app Grindr, which is for men who want to sleep with other men, and went around the Olympic village trying to find athletes to out -- it's called Grindr Baiting and it's disgusting.
The Daily Beast should be ashamed at their cheap shot that harmed people for others' amusement. They took down the piece and apologized, but we think this journalist and any complicit editors should lose their jobs. Nico obviously lacks the character, understanding of journalistic integrity, and general human respect to have such a public platform.
We demand that Nico Hines of The Daily Beast and any complicit editors lose their jobs for their offensive and gross piece which may have serious negative consequences for those involved.
The piece has now been removed, but the information is out there and the damage has been done. Beyond just outing athletes, Nico also spent the whole piece writing in a condescending tone, playing into stereotypes and mocking LGBTQ folks. Nico is a straight, married man.
He also admits in his piece that many of the athletes he came across that were closeted live in "notoriously homophobic" countries. He knew he was putting them at risk and he did it anyway.
The Daily Beast should show that it is truly sorry and fire Nico Hines and any editors who okayed this story to print.
Update #18 months ago
The International Olympic Committee said today that the story was unacceptable. It appears The Daily Beast has recalled Hines in fear of the IOC revoking their credentials. Keep up the pressure by sharing the petition widely!