Barstool founder blasts VMAs for raunchy ‘face f***’ by Normani while his site is labeled ‘raunchy’


The founder of Barstool Sports criticized pop singer Normani’s performance at the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night, protesting what he sees as a double standard between his ‘raunchy’ website and the suggestive dancing on national TV.

Dave Portnoy, 44, singled out the Fifth Harmony alum’s gyrations on fellow female singer Teyana Taylor, 30.

‘This is good. Barstool bad,’ he told his 2.6 million followers above a video of himself talking over the awards show.

‘I just want people to know, this is on VH1 right now, just like cable TV, anyone can watch this.

‘People say Barstool’s too raunchy, like, that, you know, we’re sexist, chauvinist pigs, can’t let people see it, too over the top, smokeshows, but this girl, who’s getting like face f***** and scissoring, right now just on VH1, this is cool.’

Dave Portnoy, 44, found a double standard in the treatment of Barstools and Normani’s performance at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday

‘I just want people to know, this is on VH1 right now, just like cable TV,’ he said, adding that people often criticize his site for being ‘sexist, chauvinist pigs, can’t let people see it’

Normani, 25, danced suggestively on fellow singer Teyana Taylor, 30, during the show

Normani, 25, danced suggestively on fellow singer Teyana Taylor, 30, during the show

'But this girl, who's getting like face f***** and scissoring, right now just on VH1, this is cool'

‘But this girl, who’s getting like face f***** and scissoring, right now just on VH1, this is cool’

Normani, 25, was promoting her latest single Wild Side. 

Portnoy founded Barstool in 2003 as a newspaper for men who ‘love sports, gambling, golfing and chasing short skirts,’ according to the website.

It’s evolved as an outlet that hosts a number of bloggers and compiles viral videos on multiple popular Instagram accounts – but it’s held strongly to its roots thanks to Portnoy’s leadership, with a faithful, and sometimes harsh, young male audience and daily posts of women crowned the ‘Smokeshow of the Day.’

Portnoy founded Barstool in Boston in 2003. It's since evolved into a media juggernaut with a loyal audience that is now in talks with Major League Baseball to air the Arizona Bowl

Portnoy founded Barstool in Boston in 2003. It’s since evolved into a media juggernaut with a loyal audience that is now in talks with Major League Baseball to air the Arizona Bowl

Responses to Portnoy’s late-night rant were divided, with at least one user pointing out the irony of Portnoy criticizing sexually suggestive content 

‘Never thought we’d see a pearl clutching portnoy heelturn,’ one user said. 

The company is in talks with Major League Baseball about live rights to the Arizona Bowl, which will be hosted online on Barstool’s platforms. 

The 7-year-old game pits members of the Mountain West Conference and Mid-American Conference 

Discussions with the MLB have drawn criticism based on Barstool’s less-than-stellar reputation, according to the Washington Post.

Responses to Portnoy's late-night rant were divided, with at least one user pointing out the irony of Portnoy criticizing sexually suggestive content

Responses to Portnoy’s late-night rant were divided, with at least one user pointing out the irony of Portnoy criticizing sexually suggestive content

‘MLB has long had a basic demographic problem, with a shrinking, aging, male audience,’ tweeted San Francisco Chronicle Sports Editor Christina Kahrl.

‘Their answer to that is to try elevating one subsection of the sports marketplace with an especially horrific track record for misogyny & bigotry? The sport of Jackie Robinson deserves better.’

In 2017, ESPN canceled a show based on a Barstool podcast after internal pushback from employees, according to the Daily Beast.

It came after ESPN host Sam Ponder tweeted photos of a 2014 blog post in which Portnoy called her a ‘BIBLE THUMPING FREAK’ whose primary job requirement was to ‘make men hard.’ 

ESPN president John Skipper said at the time: ‘While we had approval on the content of the show, I erred in assuming we could distance our efforts from the Barstool site and its content.’  

Portnoy then went after Ponder and a female journalist who covered the story in various blogs, inspiring his young male readers to do the same. 

Portnoy was briefly suspended from Twitter in June, though the reason why remains unknown, according to the New York Post



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