Residents plan protest of Blackout Tour at Ziggy’s

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A group of Winston-Salem residents is protesting Ziggy’s upcoming “Barstool Blackout Tour” because the organizer of the national tour has, in the past, made jokes about rape.

The tour is an offshoot of BarstoolU.com, a web site filled with off-the-cuff blog posts about athletes, funny photos from around the Internet, and pictures of half-naked women. The tour is coming April 11 to Ziggy’s, a music venue at Trade and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

BarstoolU’s Blackout Tours – so named, the sites says, for the blacklights used during the parties – have been held in cities across the United States. The parties feature DJs, glow sticks and dancing and are popular with college students. And ever since the web site featured jokes about rape – among them, that an Australian woman who said she was raped was “asking for it” because she wore skinny jeans – almost every Barstool Blackout Tour stop has been greeted with protesters.

Adam Casey, who is organizing the Winston-Salem protest, said protesters here want Ziggy’s to cancel the party.

“I know it’s supposed to be a kind of dude-bro web site – chicks and beer and that kind of stuff,” Casey said. “But that lighthearted attitude to using rape as humor… it’s just unacceptable.”

The Blackout Tour is wildly popular. It has sold out venues in college towns around the country and is also going to venues in Charlotte, Raleigh and Greenville, N.C., after leaving Winston-Salem. The show at Ziggy’s sold out – 900 tickets– in five days, Ziggy’s co-owner Charles Womack said.

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