Barstool’s Disgusting ‘N-Word’ Podcast Proves ‘Cancel Culture’ Is Toothless

If "cancel culture" is too weak to put an end to the pervasive racism at Barstool Sports, then it's pretty clear cancel culture doesn't really exist.

How is it that in 2020, we're still having to explain why the n-word is inappropriate for people — especially white people like Dave Portnoy and Barstool Sports — to use? | Source: Chris Graythen / Getty Images / AFP

  • Barstool Sports has a new podcast episode that spells out the n-word.
  • Dave Portnoy and his ilk are begging to be canceled.
  • If “cancel culture” can’t get rid of these guys for good, what’s the point?

Just when you assume Barstool Sports couldn’t go any lower, they prove you wrong. The latest episode of one of its podcasts – 2Biggs – spells out the n-word in its title.

The oft-derided “cancel culture” needs to do the right thing and cancel these guys once and for all. Otherwise, how can anyone argue that it even exists at all?

Barstool Sports Is Racist Trash Masquerading as Comedy

It’s unfortunate that there was a time when a man like Barstool founder Dave Portnoy could be viewed as a renegade hero.

The worst he’d be dubbed is “politically incorrect.” Much like Bill Maher and Tucker Max – themselves the de facto disciples of Beavis and Butt-Head  – he’d be seen as a champion of the “everyman.”

That “everyman,” of course, is always in the stereotypical racist redneck vein. The performative antithesis of the “coastal liberal elite” who’s refined, educated, and has traveled the world.

That shtick doesn’t hold up in the year 2020.

Barstool Sports is releasing this trash at a time when Black men and women are being murdered in staggering numbers by the police, LGBTQIA+ people are being marginalized daily, and Donald Trump, in all his toxic “masculinity,” is president.

Is this really necessary?

Can Cancel Culture Do The Right Thing, For Once?

In recent days, Dave Portnoy has made clear that he will not apologize for his past use of racist language.

This latest stunt has upped the ante and taken Barstool’s problematic inclinations way too far.

The Barstool Sports podcast episode in question does not even use the colloquial “-a” ending of the slur, as is often found in rap songs. (This is a racist’s favorite defense — “If they can say it, why can’t I?” Ugh.) Rather, it spells out the full slur with the “-er” ending.

There’s no better way to describe Barstool Sports than “embarrassing.” | Source: Twitter

How is it that in 2020, we still have to explain to people like Dave Portnoy why the n-word is inappropriate?

I’ll allow Brando Simeo Starkey to drop his wisdom about the word, instead:

White folk indoctrinated them into accepting their supposed inferiority. These narratives illustrate the success of this campaign of mental terrorism, and no word conveyed the depth of this internalized oppression more than “[expletive].” Now, whenever I hear the epithet, a visual and emotional representation of the heinous process by which a people — my people — were induced to think they were less than trespasses into my thoughts. After years of habitual use of “[expletive],” I banished it from my speech to honor the humanity that many never saw in themselves.

Barstool Sports has some nerve denying the personhood of a whole race of people. What does it say about the state of humanity if Dave Portnoy is part of the “superior race?”

If “cancel culture” can’t cancel him, it’s even more toothless than we thought.

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Last modified: September 23, 2020 2:02 PM

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