When Slate is shaming The Daily Beast for one of its stories, it’s clear someone must have done something stupid.

An article published in The Daily Beast Thursday, in which (straight) writer Nico Hines described his walk around the Olympic Village while monitoring the gay hookup app Grindr and documented his offers of “dates,” would have been universally slammed as homophobic had a conservative site published it, but even The Daily Beast is feeling the heat.

Slate notes that the “exceeding creepy” piece, which has since been edited to remove some personally identifying information, could prove dangerous, considering that many nations represented at the Olympics consider homosexuality a crime.

Here’s Tonga’s Amini Founa:

Olympic medalist Gus Kenworthy wasn’t amused either.

Don’t ask us: progressives operate on a higher moral plane that we can’t hope to comprehend.

When you’ve lost DeRay (who is gay, and openly so — no outing here) …

Daily Beast editor in chief John Avlon amended a lengthy note to Hines’ piece which is actually pretty humorous at points: “The concept for the piece was to see how dating and hook-up apps were being used in Rio by athletes,” he notes. “It just so happened that Nico had many more responses on Grindr than apps that cater mostly to straight people, and so he wrote about that.”

Alternate headline: Straight reporter can’t find date in Rio, pretends to be gay.

There’s been nothing but Twitter silence from @NicoHines Thursday.


And … it’s gone.

Today, The Daily Beast took an unprecedented but necessary step: We are removing an article from our site, “The Other Olympic Sport In Rio: Swiping.”

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.

We were wrong. We will do better.