FHRITP's long, ugly history Live
The live video of CityNews reporter Shauna Hunt confronting a group of men waiting around to shout the phrase at her while covering a Toronto FC soccer game last Sunday (it had happened nearly 10 times that afternoon) became widely shared by Tuesday morning, prompting online outrage. One of the men who stayed on air to defend the practice has since been identified and fired from his job. From Global News:
Hydro One said in a statement Tuesday that the organization was taking steps “to terminate the employee for violating our Code of Conduct.”
“Respect for all people is engrained in the code and our values. We are committed to a work environment where discrimination or harassment of any type is met with zero tolerance,” Daffyd Roderick, a spokesperson for Hydro One said in a statement.
The employee has been identified as Shawn Simoes, a Hydro One employee who made the Sunshine List in 2014 with a salary of just over $106,000.
On the same day, MLSE issued a statement. From CityNews:
We are working to identify the individuals, and when we do they will be banned from all of our facilities. Moving forward, we will also work with our local television outlets to provide extra security support to female reporters doing live hits at any of our games.
Nearly all coverage of the issue over the past couple of days notes that this practice has gone on for some time. As BuzzFeed Canada's Craig Silverman pointed out, an online collection of evidence for live hits alone suggests this happens regularly, and that reporters affected by it have written about their experiences before.
Male and female reporters have both encountered being interrupted during a live broadcast so it’s not just women. It is not an attack on women in any way.
Global’s Stefan Keyes experienced the FHRITP trend outside the Ship and Anchor Pub on 17 Ave. S.W. last week during a live report, after which police contacted him to say they are opening an investigation. He said it’s happened to him before, but this was the most “successful” and “intimate” incident. Keyes believes people do it because they think it’s funny and they’re trying to “get famous.” He says it’s important to speak out about why it’s offensive.
“It’s vulgar, it’s disrespectful, particularly to women…there are children watching,” he said. “It’s a little selfish to get off on a prank like that when there are thousands of viewers that are trying to enjoy their news, and you’re taking away from that.”
"These incidents are distasteful, disruptive, and certainly isn’t something that our community appreciates or accepts here in Calgary. In terms of the Red Mile, we take everyone’s safety seriously, and that includes members of the media."