|Slogan||By the common man, For the common man|
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|3,185 (April 2015[update])|
Barstool first launched as a print publication distributed in the Boston, Massachusetts area offering gambling advertisements and fantasy sports projections, but later expanded to encompass other topics.
Portnoy has described the site's topics as "sports/smut."
Barstool and its affiliated sites generate over 5 million unique page views monthly.
- New York
- DMV (Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia)
- Barstool U
- StoolLaLa (defunct)
In August 2011 the site received criticism over nude photos of American football quarterback Tom Brady's 2-year-old son, which was accompanied by comments describing the size of the child's genitalia, which a former prosecutor suggested was sexualization of a minor. Portnoy argued that the comments were meant to be humorous in tone and was not intended to be seen as sexual.
The site has received repeated criticism over content posted on Barstool Sports that critics of the site allege normalizes rape culture. Comments that have sparked debate include a post on a 2010 blog where Portnoy joked "[E]ven though I never condone rape if you’re a size 6 and you’re wearing skinny jeans you kind of deserve to be raped right?" Other elements that have received criticism include comments such as “we don't condone rape of any kind at our Blackout Parties ... however if a chick passes out that's a gray area”. Portnoy, in response, has stated that, “...It’s not our intent, with jokes, to poke fun at rape victims," while pointing out the satirical nature of the sites' content. A Northeastern University protest group called Knockout Barstool held a demonstration outside of a 2012 Blackout party at Boston's House of Blues, where they gathered more than 100 people. Portnoy has been openly dismissive of the protest group and has accused them of being serial protesters.
The Blackout Tour parties have been criticized for promoting excessive drinking and allowing underage drinking, as well as for assaults that have occurred at the proceedings. On February 2012, then-Boston mayor Thomas M. Menino expressed concern through a spokesperson over the parties' promotion of "excessive drinking to the point of blacking out" and that such promotion would not be a good message for the city. State Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission agents and club security at a House of Blues event in Boston the following month confiscated 300 fake identifications and refused admission for around three-fourths of the event's 2000 ticket holders. Shortly thereafter Portnoy announced that the company would not be scheduling more of the events in Boston, stating that "it just doesn’t seem like Boston is friendly to nightlife of our sort, at least”.
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