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Rethinking Barstool?

Discussion in 'Our Errors are Mistakes: The Media Forum' started by allstonite, Mar 8, 2017.

  1. Phragle

    Phragle wild card bitches SoSH Member

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    So what do your farts smell like?
     
  2. Reverend

    Reverend for king and country Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Does it ever occur to you even to try to have an original thought of your own or is the satisfaction from throwing your hand up in the air to have your buddies high-five you for repeating something you saw on television simply too great to ask for anything more out of this life?
     
  3. Lose Remerswaal

    Lose Remerswaal Leaves after the 8th inning Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    At least he didn't post it with Simpsons characters saying it. That's a HUGE step forward.
     
  4. John Marzano Olympic Hero

    John Marzano Olympic Hero has fancy plans, and pants to match Dope

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    Sweet. I can't wait for Matt and Trey to weigh in, tell us that both sides suck, make fun of everyone because caring about anything is so fucking lame and then do the same thing for ten weeks a year for 20 years straight.

    They have such fresh, fun takes on everything!
     
  5. Phragle

    Phragle wild card bitches SoSH Member

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    I could explain why this is funny, but then it wouldn't be funny anymore.
     
  6. Reverend

    Reverend for king and country Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    I think it has become exceedingly clear to all that not everyone in this forum shares the same sense of humor, yes?
     
  7. southshoresoxfan

    southshoresoxfan Member SoSH Member

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    So if I enjoy Barstool I’m not a good guy? It’s a good distraction for me from my job / real world / PC culture. To me they are no different than a comedian, where it’s the shock value sometimes that makes it funny. Do they cross some lines? Sure. I truly believe they aren’t malicious whatsoever.

    That’s my opinion and you certainly are entitled to yours.

    For the record I’d bounce Lewandowski from a party but not the guy mocking Lewandowski. That’s my moral compass.
     
  8. SirPsychoSquints

    SirPsychoSquints Member SoSH Member

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    First bold - I'm pretty sure no one criticized you for liking Barstool. They criticized Barstool and you criticized them for criticizing Barstool. If anything, you've been the one arguing against the second bold.
     
  9. southshoresoxfan

    southshoresoxfan Member SoSH Member

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    “You Strike me as the kind of guy who would throw an asshole out of a party or am I mistaken?”

    That’s implying me defending Barstool = not a good guy. I really don’t care either way but the two are not correlated.
     
  10. SirPsychoSquints

    SirPsychoSquints Member SoSH Member

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    An implication after you'd already posted 14 times on the topic. That's your victimhood?
     
  11. Dummy Hoy

    Dummy Hoy Angry Pissbum SoSH Member

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    I would guess the implication was that you seem the type of guy who would recognize asshole behavior and do something to prevent it.

    Edit: I actually read it as a compliment.
     
  12. John Marzano Olympic Hero

    John Marzano Olympic Hero has fancy plans, and pants to match Dope

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    Of course not, I don't know you but you seem like a good guy. I'm not going to talk you out of liking what you like, that's not really a good use of anyone's time. In 2018, there are people who still love Andrew Dice Clay. There are folks who find Jack Benny hilarious. Despite being 70+ years old, the Three Stooges still make people laugh.

    Humor, escapism, etc. is a way to blow off steam and I'm not going to say that one person is wrong in how they laugh and relax.

    What my point was is that not every piece of content is gold. Not everything needs to be defended. The people at Barstool seem to be proud to be assholes. They say assholish things. So when someone says, "Hey, that asshole said an assholish thing", I don't know if your first defense should be, "No. They're not assholes! You just don't understand what they're saying." I think most people do get what they're saying, they just don't agree with it and that's a big distinction.

    In a more philosophical sense, I am interested in why you want to be distracted from a PC culture? To me, a PC culture is making sure that you treat everyone decently and I'm not sure why there is a need to get away from that. I mean, do you want to just sit around and call all women bitches or sluts or minorities slurs without repercussions? Perhaps you have a completely different perspective, I don't know. You seem like a good guy, I'm just trying to figure out why you think that you need a time to be less than a good guy.
     
  13. Domer

    Domer Well-Known Member Bronze Supporter SoSH Member

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    That's clearly untrue. I discovered the blog in 2008 to kill time at my summer job, but soon after stopped reading it, due to the litany of incidents most people in this thread are aware of and the overall tone of the site. Ten years later, it is light years away from what it used to be. Portnoy is still there, but they've hired a professional CEO and the list of contributors now encompasses many people who I enjoy reading. It's clear the site no longer relies on the kind of shock value that made Barstool infamous.

    That's the solution; it's no coincidence the surge in the site's popularity accompanied the shift towards a more buttoned-down culture.
     
  14. Reverend

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    Possible. I don't know shit about Barstool.

    But the idea that you can't judge a person based on what they like is kinda insane, don't you think?

    Some things matter, some don't, sure. And people disagree on which is which in some cases, right? Isn't that the exact position your taking?

    So yes... correct. People have different opinions on right and wrong. Some of them are expressing them here and whether or not you realize it, you're just as much telling the others that their position is invalid based on your belief that they're claiming yours is.

    I mean, that's what moral disagreement IS. I just don't get why you or anyone else seems so surprised by it.

    And, as I said, we've met over tequila--I wouldn't even be talking to you like this if I didn't think you had the basic Throw the Dude Out of the Party ethos in you. :D
     
  15. Reverend

    Reverend for king and country Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Goddamn right it is!! :)
     
  16. joe dokes

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    I'm not sure what you mean by a "distraction from . . . PC culture." The term "PC" has become, for many, a figleaf of an excuse to be a piece of shit. "I know its not PC, but she (or they) . . . . . ." I have no reason to think that's you, so what *do* you mean by "distract from PC culture"?
     
  17. Reverend

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    Where can I go to view this PC culture? Is there a zoo or a museum or something? Is it in a certain part of town?
     
  18. TheStoryofYourRedRightAnkle

    TheStoryofYourRedRightAnkle Member SoSH Member

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    You can see it... on your PC!
     
  19. Reverend

    Reverend for king and country Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    All I see on mine is pictures of monkeys yelling at one another.
     
  20. Reverend

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    Some of them appear to be flinging poo.
     
  21. TheStoryofYourRedRightAnkle

    TheStoryofYourRedRightAnkle Member SoSH Member

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    Yes, yes, you've got it dialed in.
     
  22. TheShynessClinic

    TheShynessClinic SoSH's Doug Neidermeyer SoSH Member

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    When you're unnecessarily an asshole to people you don't know, is it any surprise surprise when everyone you know is an asshole?
     
  23. richgedman'sghost

    richgedman'sghost Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    I am. Those guys are pathetic idiots.
     
  24. Devizier

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    Let's be fair. How many shows are good after their first season, anyways?
     
  25. cromulence

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  26. joe dokes

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  27. John Marzano Olympic Hero

    John Marzano Olympic Hero has fancy plans, and pants to match Dope

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    Guys, he's just being anti-PC!
     
  28. southshoresoxfan

    southshoresoxfan Member SoSH Member

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    I laughed *ducks*
     
  29. luckiestman

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    I don’t know much about barstool but I read that story, seems like morning zoo material.
     
  30. Marciano490

    Marciano490 Urological Expert SoSH Member

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    What would you do in your day to day life if you or a friend or co-worker made a joke you thought was fairly benign to a female associate who then told you it was hurtful or sexist. Would you double down and snicker or would you attempt to walk it back and apologize?

    If the latter, do you find this funny and appropriate because you don’t know Ria or because she’s a minor celebrity or because she knew what she was getting into?
     
  31. southshoresoxfan

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    The latter. 100%.

    I would have apologized but he’s not wrong in saying him being him has gotten them to where they are. If I worked there, male or female, I’d expect something out of his mouth at some point.
     
  32. PC Drunken Friar

    PC Drunken Friar Member SoSH Member

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    So... She deserved it. Awesome.
     
  33. PC Drunken Friar

    PC Drunken Friar Member SoSH Member

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    This is not surprising... But apt for this thread, considering the OP suggested that Barstool was changing. He said this same thing like 6 years ago, telling a female reporter that her one job was to make sure his dick got hard while he looked at her and that she was a slut.
     
  34. southshoresoxfan

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    No. That’s not what I said, and I said had I made a joke like that (I wouldn’t) I would apologize.

    I said if you sign up to work there his behavior shouldn’t be a surprise. Just like if you read their website and watch their shows you know what you are getting.
     
  35. PC Drunken Friar

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    So actresses that sign up to film movies know they are going to be sexually harassed and/or assaulted.

    And she shouldn't be surprised by this? Apparently the #MeToo movement has gone completely over your head.
     
  36. allstonite

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    Portnoy said the same thing not the OP (me). But if you look past him, who I said I couldn’t stand and is completely indefensible in my opinion, and a few others they have grown a lot and have some good content, as I said in my original post. PMT, mickstape, lights camera barstool are all great podcasts that don’t pander to asshole white college kids and actually lampoon them. It’s alright to like some things and hate some things. I avoid ESPN at all costs but I’ll still read Zach Lowe. I hate Deadspn but will read Margery on occasion.
     
  37. southshoresoxfan

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    Sigh. No response. I’m done with this overly sensitive thread.
     
  38. PC Drunken Friar

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    Thanks for proving the stereotype of a Barstool fanboy.
     
  39. southshoresoxfan

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    You’re very welcome. Echo chamber, resume.
     
  40. kenneycb

    kenneycb Hates Goose Island Beer; Loves Backdoor Play SoSH Member

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    Your OP also did nothing to suggest Barstool was changing outside of making good, more diverse podcast hires, which has greatly paid off. But it’s much easier to lump every argument under one umbrella.
     
  41. The Gray Eagle

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    Ol' Handsome Dave Portnoy appears on camera. Because he is so HOT!! Too bad for this lady that five years from now, she won't be as totally HOT as he is. He is so hot, isn't he? Handsome Dave looks like a spoiled, over-microwaved sausage come to life in frat boy form, but a SEXY one! Especially when he wears a scarf!

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    JEALOUS?? Admit that Handsome Dave is so sexy! You want him! Everyone does!
    Everyone wants to have sex with his dead eyes and swollen nose and lipless lemur mouth and his tiny, shriveled, hate-filled black heart. So totally hawt bro!
     
  42. kenneycb

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    He’s rich. A not insignificant part of the population (male and female) find that attractive and sexy.
     
  43. joe dokes

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    Echo chamber suggests you don't think the people who think portnoy is a piece of shit came by their opinions independently.
    You're wrong. Or you don't know how echoes work and you're just flinging another term from the approved list......pc culture......sensitive.....echo chamber.....

    Any other jobs where it's ok for the boss to call female co workers ugly? Asking for a friend.
     
  44. joe dokes

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    Your internet is slow. This post from 1958 just showed up.
     
  45. JCizzle

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    It's not right, but it makes people money to be jackasses in sports media. While Wallach is obviously not a woman, Fred treats him like crap on nearly a daily basis because of his looks and nerdiness, yet nobody says anything to him. I mean, he nearly broke down a couple of months ago when Fred basically shit all over his dreams of getting the Celtics PBP job. The other morning show obviously has far greater problems than their treatment of any one employee. Felger gives people shit for taking paternity leave. And that's just the Boston market. I'm certainly not defending any of these actions or behavior (I think it sucks and takes away from the respective shows), but there's a big market for people to be fuckheads to their coworkers and make good money from it.
     
  46. joe dokes

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    No doubt there's money in fuckheadery. But
    There's difference between treating Wallach like crap and telling a woman shes so ugly she wont get a job, since the latter is actually is real thing.
    I don't think Dale Arnold would have lasted too long if he had joked with Holley about making him his slave.
     
  47. southshoresoxfan

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    I don’t think Dale turned a paper he handed out in Boston into a company valued at 100million.

    Money talks, bulls*it walks.
     
  48. joe dokes

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    Yeah. Thats the ticket. As long as you make money, nothing else matters.. One's entire value to the world depends on the size of their bank account. Portnoy's a great guy because he's rich.

    OTOH--when Dale Arnold dies, there wont be very many people celebrating.
     
  49. The Needler

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    Isn't this just Shock Jock 101? Howard Stern got world famous insulting his employees, imitating his (originally intern?) employee with a speech impediment and calling him Stuttering John. If this were off-air behavior it would certainly be unacceptable, but I don't think it's a totally unmeritorious argument to say that the on-air (or online, or whatever you call it) personalities at this place don't have an expectation of civility, or decorum, or even decency when it comes to the entertainment output. As repugnant as it may seem, in a very real way, they did "sign up for it."



    Disclaimer: I have never listened to a Barstool podcast, so it's possible I'm off base with the shock jock comparison. My only real experience with the site are the pozza reviews, which I do find amusing.
     
  50. JCizzle

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    The podcasts, for the most part, are much different than the other stuff. It's almost like two different entities. The inter office stuff is very much like Stern as you said. It's basically one continuous WWE soap opera for their large bro audience. It wouldn't surprise me if most of this stuff that makes the press is scripted to some extent (look what the asshole boss did this time! go pres! Etc etc)
     

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