Harpoon president receives backlash for controversial comments

The President of Boston’s Harpoon Brewery is apologizing after receiving backlash for controversial comments he made about sexual assault and exclusively male clubs at Harvard University.

The Porcellian Club at Harvard has always been all male, and has been around since the late 1700’s.

Recently there have been calls for these Harvard clubs to admit women.

Earlier this week in the Harvard Crimson, Charles Storey, a 1982 Harvard grad and President of Harpoon Brewery defended the club’s male-only policy.

Storey said in part that keeping the group all male "greatly reduces the risk for sexual assault."

The comment drew sharp criticism from a Harvard dean, and Congresswoman Katherine Clark.

"Or, instead of blaming women, you could focus on teaching members of your club to NOT sexually assault people," she wrote on Twitter.

Story, who is a graduate board president of the club released the following statement in part:

"I attempted to make a point regarding efforts to address sexual assault on campus. Unfortunately, I chose my words poorly and it came out all wrong… I am truly sorry to those I have offended…My personal comments in no way reflect the values and views of Harpoon Brewery."

The Porcellian Club is independent from Harvard, and receives no money from the university.

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