Just about 24 hours ago, Nico Hines (pictured) became the Internet’s most hated man, and the fury shows no signs of dying down anytime soon.
Hines, who is white, straight and married with a kid, has been in Rio covering the Olympics for The Daily Beast. As part of his reporting, he thought it would be hilarious to create a fake Grindr profile and bait closeted gay athletes then write all about it. Apparently, his editors thought this would be hilarious, too, because they signed off on it.
Well, very shortly after the article was published Thursday morning, a backlash ensued. The Daily Beast quickly updated the story and issued an apology (it has since been removed from the site entirely), and Hines went radio silent on Twitter. But people are still infuriated, and understandably so.
Check out what they’ve have been saying…
— Tyler Oakley (@tyleroakley) August 11, 2016
— Adam Goldenberg (@adamgoldenberg) August 11, 2016
Hey @NicoHines, I don't think the purpose of your press badge & access to Olympic village was to endanger the safety of closeted Olympians.
— Shawn Ahmed (@uncultured) August 11, 2016
— Bec Shaw (@Brocklesnitch) August 11, 2016
Heard @NicoHines is curious about why gay guys use hookup apps. Just a guess, but maybe it's to evade attention and exposure.
— Matt Baume (@MattBaume) August 11, 2016
— jeffrey cranor (@happierman) August 11, 2016
Straight journalist joins Grindr to bait gay Olympic athletes, compromises identities, says “I didn’t lie to anyone.”https://t.co/PRXGbaI9ED
— Heidi N Moore (@moorehn) August 11, 2016
I assume it's fair game to peek in @NicoHines's windows and comment publicly on his sexual practices with his wife now?
— Adam McMahon (@adammc123) August 11, 2016
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) August 11, 2016
That white middle-aged Daily Beast reporter allegedly scored three Grindr dates with Olympians and I can't get someone to take me to Nando's
— JuanPa (@jpbrammer) August 11, 2016
Yank this guy's press credentials.https://t.co/4LlHZ75uzl
— Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) August 11, 2016