If you roll with the Toronto “FHRITP” guy, you should probably update your rezzy.
By now, you’ve probably seen City News reporter Shauna Hunt dismantle a dude for yelling the noted vulgar statement during one of her live spots. If you haven’t, enjoy:
Apparently, the higher-ups at Hydro One have also seen it, as one of the dudes involved has now been terminated. The tense incident occurred at a Toronto FC game on Sunday, and by Tuesday, Shawn Simoes, an assistant network engineer who made $106,510 last year, was officially axed. He’s the one justifying it by saying, “This is fucking hilarious. I don’t care what you say.” That’s tough, Shawn. One minute you’re dominating the 6 figs club, crushing life with your aviator rocking buds at soccer matches, and the next you’re on live TV trying to ride a viral meme wave and getting poured out by a fed up reporter.
According to The Star:
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment has been trying to identify all four men involved in the incident, including the two who spoke directly to Hunt on-camera and the other two passersby who initially used the vulgar phrase.
“We’re appalled that this trend of disrespectful behaviour would make its way to our city, let alone anywhere near our stadium,” MLSE said in a statement. “We are working to identify the individuals, and when we do they will be banned from all of our facilities.”
MLSE said it will also be working with local television outlets to provide extra security to female reporters doing live hits at any of its games.
This whole thing is lame. First of all, the guy’s attempt was half-assed. If you’re going to do it, keep it #100. Second, the fact that none of these dudes had the awareness to recognize that this was probably going to be a big deal is stunning. I get that you’re hammered and wearing a jersey, but you’d think a shot of adrenaline would kick in and sober them up for a minute. Nah.
I guess the moral of the story is that if you like your job and don’t want to become an internet heel, don’t yell #FHRITP at a female reporter. She’s not your buddy, guy..
[via The Star]