Update: Daily Beast removes “worst countries to visit” article
After an uproar from critics, The Daily Beast has removed an article that labeled Lebanon and four other Middle Eastern countries as “The worst places (on earth) to visit.” The link now directs to a blank page with no explanation.
I wrote an extensive criticism of the piece yesterday which clearly singled out the Middle East, Africa and former Soviet states. So did politics or a bit of Islamophobia play a role in this list?
The worst countries–which are all beautiful places– were as follows:
1. Lebanon 2. Iran 3. Egypt 4. Ukraine 5. Jordan 6. South Africa 7. Russia 8. Georgia 9. Morocco 10. Senegal
We can see that 60 percent of the “worst” countries are Middle Eastern or African and the remainder are largely former Soviet states. Pretty objective, huh?
Of course Islam and communism have been the greatest perceived “boogie men” in the West over the last few decades, but surely this was just a coincidence, right?
Though the piece has been removed, its Facebook advertisement still exists:
We first heard it could be taken down when the Beast’s executive editor tweeted that the piece was “messed up” last night. But it wasn’t removed for several more hours.