Barstool Sports Founder Blasts College Group's 'Ridiculous' Decision to Boot Comic Over Joke
Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy said Wednesday that it was "ridiculous" that a former "Saturday Night Live" writer was booted from his stand-up comedy set because of jokes deemed "racist" and "homophobic."
Nimesh Patel, SNL's first Indian-American writer, was performing a comedy routine at an event hosted by Columbia University’s Asian American Alliance last week but had his microphone cut halfway through his set.
According to the Columbia Daily Spectator, Patel joked that being a gay and African-American man can’t be a choice because "no one looks in the mirror and thinks, ‘this black thing is too easy, let me just add another thing to it.'"
"That was a nothing joke," Portnoy told Carlson. "[Patel] had to be the most surprised guy in the room."
The Daily Spectator reported that members of the Asian American Alliance interrupted Patel and denounced his jokes, before being asked to leave.
Portnoy also pointed out that the event was ironically called "cultureSHOCK: Reclaim."
"You can't name the event 'culture shock,' and then when somebody says a pretty vanilla joke in the scheme of jokes, get upset," he said. "Very odd. ... [Patel] probably didn't even know."
He added that his satirical sports website isn't "a slave" to its advertisers, and that he and his writers don't get caught in "the winds of public opinion."
"We've come to accept in this environment, where people get mad about jokes like that, [that] we're gonna stay true to what we do."
He said that when people are confident their opinion is correct, they "don't want to hear the other side of the coin."
"People just don't really want to look into the context or what's going on," he said. "That joke that guy got booted off stage for, that's ridiculous."