Twitter Takes Down Sexist A-Hole for Brutally Fat Shaming Rihanna
This Barstool Sports writer had some awful things to say about women. Now we have some words for him.
Yesterday, Chris Spagnuolo aka 'Spags' from Barstoolsports.com decided to share some fat-shaming nonsense about Rihanna, and everyone with a brain is clapping back.
The 350-word chauvinistic article draws attention to Rihanna's supposed "high key thiccness" and how that might make "fat the hot new trend this summer," according to The Daily Mail. (The original post has been taken down.) "A world of ladies shaped like the Hindenburg loaded into one-piece bathing suits may be on the horizon now that Rihanna is traipsing around out there looking like she's in a sumo suit," he continued.
Throughout the piece, Spagnuolo comes to several of his own conclusions explaining RiRi's "weight gain." First, he suggests that it could just be a "bad visual" angle. Then he attributes it to her "enjoying that good room service a bit too long," and even pregnancy.
Thankfully, the internet (Twitter users in particular) stood up against the misogyny and were quick to call the sports writer out on his BS. (Related: Facebook & Twitter Are Rolling Out New Features to Protect Your Mental Health)
"I've yet to come across one male employee at barstool that isn't shaped like a lump of raw dough," one user wrote, "so congratulations you played yourself."
"Delete this s*it. You are out of line," wrote another.
Some pointed to the fact that this kind of trash talk about women speaks to an even bigger problem. "Barstool has always treated women like shit," a user wrote. "It's gross, but nothing new. There [are] no repercussions [because] this is what the site + readers want."
Since the backlash, the founder of Barstool Sports Dave Portnoy has issued an "apology" that is arguably just as horrifying as the original story. While Portnoy acknowledges that the body shaming comments probably made "lots of feminists not happy," his decision to delete the post was simply because the writing wasn't funny enough. (Uh, yeah, no one's laughing.)
"To be honest I don't think the blog was as bad as many are making it out to be, but I'll tell you this. It wasn't that funny either," he wrote in a statement. "There are just certain topics that you better nail if you're gonna write about them because you know they are hot button issues for us. So if you're gonna blog about Rihanna gaining weight you better be funny as f*ck and you better make it bullet proof."
Message for Portnoy: Being a sexist, body shaming a-hole will never be "bullet proof." And let's not forget our bro Spags, who's now claiming that he's being "cyber-bullied." We'll save our tiny violins for someone more worthy of sympathy.