Barstool’s contributor Huge Cat (Dan Katz) has been a longtime fixture of the sports activities media community when he nabbed the Pardon My Take podcast with SB Nation’s PFT Commenter. Their three way partnership was met with rapid success. It clocked in at number one on the iTunes podcast charts simply three days after its debut. Not too shabby.
Huge Cat’s persona and opinions are, properly, massive, and he is a well-known sports activities determine, so why was he “canceled” on social media?
Why is Huge Cat getting “canceled” within the first place?
If you have not been following the drama on social media, like most people who’re getting criticized on social media today, some outdated clips of Huge Cat resurfaced by which he made offensive jokes a few coworker in blackface.
David Portnoy, Barstool Sports activities’ co-founder, mentioned an occasion when a gross sales worker of theirs, Paul Gulczynski, donned a blackface Halloween costume.
Huge Cat mentioned, “You’ve gotta put them on a leash and have them subsequent to you the entire time,” referring to the worker carrying blackface. Kevin Clancy on the present added, “For those who do blackface with two Black guys, they usually’re okay with it, you get a go. You’re allowed to.”
The clip in its entirety has been making the rounds on Twitter, the place many not solely fail to notice the humor within the remark however query what Huge Cat was pondering by making these jokes.
There’s even a photograph of the costume and… yeah it is actually, actually unhealthy. Like shoeshine in your face unhealthy. For those who needed to go together with a Celtics-themed Halloween costume and you are a white dude… simply go as Larry Chook or Danny Ainge, or any variety of different legendary white Boston Celtics gamers. Heck, go as Brian Scalabrine, who’s inherently humorous as a result of he appears to be like just like the youthful Pete and Pete brother ate a poisonous pituitary gland that additionally gave him respectable pro-bench taking part in expertise.
After the clip made the rounds on the web, Huge Cat addressed the controversy surrounding his feedback and mentioned he wasn’t being “canceled,” he was simply being held accountable for his feedback.
He even penned a bit devoted to the topic the place he says he desires to be taught from this and to make use of his platform for good.
In a observe up put up he wrote: “I would like to talk up extra, I would like to make use of my platform to assist folks perceive points at a deeper degree once I can. I’m not going to inform anybody the way to suppose or what they need to do, as a result of once more, I’m human and I f*** up and am nonetheless attempting to determine issues out myself.”
There’s been an enormous divide over the sincerity of Huge Cat’s put up. Some followers say they’re nonetheless upset by Dan’s previous feedback regardless of his apology and need to know what actionable steps he is taking with a purpose to rectify the state of affairs. Others say they help him regardless.
What else occurred at Barstool that makes folks need to cancel it consequently?
Barstool Sports activities’ co-founder has made a profession out of mixing controversy and sports activities protection. After Huge Cat’s feedback got here to mild, a number of social media customers pointed to outdated clips of David utilizing the n-word and making different racist statements. He additionally got here beneath fireplace for saying Colin Kaepernick appears to be like like Osama Bin Laden.
“So I’m going to say one thing that’s racist…[Colin appears to be like like[an ISIS man… Throw a head wrap on this man, he’s a terrorist. He appears to be like like a Bin Laden. That’s not racist.”
Kevin Clancy additionally adopted up by saying that Colin “shouldn’t be actually that Black…I do not suppose he speaks for Black folks.”
Personally, I feel a extra honest comparability for Colin is Lil Dicky:
David has come beneath fireplace for being “unapologetic” relating to his previous utilization of racist language, saying he is “Uncancelable.”