Once again Barstool and its sponsors have received backlash after videos and tweets from President and owner David Portnoy surfaced online last weekend
Portnoy claims the videos were taken out of context claiming that the allegations of racism were misconstrued and laughable at best. Stating that Barstool pushes the envelope, but aren’t racist.
The subject of the outrage was a 2016 video discussion that recently made its way into the public eye. In which Portnoy is quoted as saying, “I’m going to say something that’s racist… But I’m going to say it…. I was like oh it’s an ISIS guy (Kaepernick). Like that was my original thought, because he kind of looks like… throw a headwrap on this guy and he’s a terrorist… I thought maybe he had some terrorist, Arab, Arabic theology.”
Barstool Employee Kevin Clancy also added to the conversation, “Jew Fros, terrorist beard, terrorist skin. It’s confusing.”
Portnoy stands by his original claim that you can’t be upset with a racist just for being truthful, “I, this can’t be held against me. This is just how my brain works…. I’m just being honest. That’s just. I’m just being honest.”
Portnoy and his stoolies have quickly come to his defense, stating that “El Presidente” does not hate “the black people”. As evidence he points to a few articles not condemning Kaepernick as proof, as well as the fact that he has two black friends, both willing to dress up in blackface with Barstool sales associate Paul Gulczynski. Portnoy also claims the videos were altered and simply a misunderstanding. He states that his comments weren’t meant to be taken as racism, but rather Islamophobic, noting the difference is a common misconception.
“He(Kaepernick) just thinks Black people are being treated unfairly, so he’s making a moral stand. Fine, I didn’t know he was Black… I don’t hate him — I hated him a lot more when I thought he was a terrorist (Arabic).”
“El Presidente” blames Cancel Culture for the recent and past attacks on Barstool Sports. On a twitter post he states that he can’t be held responsible for comments made ages ago, “Things (comments made in 2016, sexist remarks in 2017, blackface in 2018) if they were said today (2020), you’d be like ‘how they f***ing say this? Are they idiots? But times change, sensitives change, cultures change.”
Portnoy raises the point that what is acceptable and what’s not changes too rapidly, and that statements said a few years, months, days, or even minutes ago shouldn’t be held to the harsh scrutiny of today’s standards. He claims that Cancel Culture’s use of the internet to cyber bully and hold people accountable for past statements and actions directly interferes with his website’s ability to cyber bully and harass people for disagreeing with him or calling him out on his statements.
Portnoy states that it’s not Islamic or black people being persecuted, but rather himself and his members that have been and will always be under fire. Saying that he gives a voice to a special, very special group of people. He claims that his dream was to give all sexists, racists, homophobes, and bigots of every kind a place where they are not judged by the context of their character, but rather the whiteness of their skin.
Regardless of his dream, early last year Portony had to shut down Barstool’s comment section for “talking N bombs in every post. The last post I wrote there was a comment that said “I hope N bomb blow their heads off with a gun?” Are you serious? Well I’ve had enough. I’ve made the decision to shut it down effective immediately until we can regain control of it. And if we never bring it back I don’t care. I don’t care if you hate me, hate Barstool, etc. I don’t care. The racist s*** has to stop. If we can’t stop it I’ll just eliminate it and that’s exactly what I just did.”
Portnoy went on to add that he would prefer the use of the N-word, racism, and death threats only be done by his discretion alone, but promises his stoolies that his trademark racist brand would still remain consistent throughout the website. And to his credit Portnoy has lived up to his word and even recently launched a podcast compiled solely of minorities simply titled “N*****”.
The head of Barstool goes on in his twitter post proclaiming that he is “Uncancelable” citing his relationship with Barstool employees and affiliates as sure proof he is a caring boss, and all who know him personally love and respect him just as they would a god, “There isn’t one person I’ve ever worked with, who has worked for me, we’ve done business with, interacted with, who will ever back up anything these haters say. Not one!”
This isn’t the first time that Barstool and Portnoy have come under fire. Portnoy had just reached a Settlement with the National Labor Relationships Board in January over illegal tweets and emails threatening action against writers who attempted to unionize. While Portnoy would claim this as just being a joke, an investigation would also uncover that Barstool had set up a fake pro-union account to discover which of his employees were union supporters.
And in 2017 Barstool seemed to make its biggest move ever by signing a deal with ESPN, only for the ties to be cut less than one day later after ESPN sportscaster,Samantha Ponder brought forth remarks Portnoy and Barstool made about her . The comments stated her only job requirement is “ to make men hard’ while also calling her “ a f***ing slut”. After the separation between Barstool and ESPN, Portnoy encouraged his followers to harass both Ponder and Deadspin writer Laura Wagner in hopes of “ slowly suffocating” them online. Allegedly, Portnoy also claimed that Ponder’s daughter should have been aborted.
Portnoy has continued to defend himself against Cancel Culture stating, “I’m ready. You don’t cancel me. I cancel you….They’ve been trying to cancel me for two decades — I’m uncancellable…I’m big. You’re little. I cancel you.”
He would continue by stating that he has the most biggest and impressive pepe in the world that everyone else is just jealous of it. His custom made TB12 fleshlight could not be reached for comment at this time.