Man gets fired after sexist heckling of Toronto reporter Shauna Hunt

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      A man has been fired from his job after degrading a female reporter while she was trying to do her job.

      While filming outside a Toronto FC match on Sunday (May 9), CityNews reporter Shauna Hunt was interrupted by several men shouting, "Fuck her right in the pussy".

      In the video, Hunt confronts the men who shouted at her as well as a group waiting for their chance to heckle as to what would compel them to shout sexist comments at her; their response is equal parts defensive, combative, and dismissive.

      Today (May 12), Hydro One's director of corporate affairs Daffyd Roderick announced it was firing a Sunshine List employee involved in the incident, assistant network management engineer Shawn Simoes, from his $106,510.50 a year job.

      "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," said Roderick in a statement.

      On Monday (May 11), Toronto FC owner Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment said it would try to identify the men involved in the heckling incident and ban them from all facilities.

      "We're appalled that this trend of disrespectful behaviour would make its way to our city, let alone anywhere near our stadium," MSLE said.

      The offensive and sexist FHRITP trend began in January 2014 after a male reporter made the offending remarks about a 20-year-old missing woman. This later turned out to be a hoax. (Thank you to commenter Jameis Wilson for the info!)

      In an interview with CBC Radio today, Hunt said that men shout this particular vulgarity at her every single day and has cancelled live hits because of this ongoing problem.

      "No one has the right to say this disgusting phrase to us," Hunt told the CBC.

      Comments

      72 Comments

      Richard S.

      May 12, 2015 at 3:15pm

      How could a gross dude yelling FHRTP ever be construed as "funny'? And how can a dumb dickhead like Shawn Simoes earn over $106,000 per annum? The world has truly taken an obscene turn for the worst.

      HR Recruit

      May 12, 2015 at 3:21pm

      There will be a job opening soon.... Thank you Mr. Darwin

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      James Blatchford

      May 12, 2015 at 3:37pm

      Hey, Shawn Simoes -- is that FHRITP enough for you?

      Go Hydro One

      JimC

      May 12, 2015 at 4:10pm

      Karma is a bitch!

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      a nurse

      May 12, 2015 at 4:12pm

      Nice to know make dominated jobs like a frigging assist network engineer out earns nurses, cops and teachers. Talk about being FRITP...

      Thank you!

      May 12, 2015 at 4:14pm

      this is nice to see happen for once. this kind of mentality is so pervasive and guys get away with it all the time

      julie chen

      May 12, 2015 at 4:16pm

      that's great-he can heckle while he is on the unemployment office and others will heckle him about his peanut penis and soybean sized brain for making disrespectful comments.

      Sharon Yun

      May 12, 2015 at 4:32pm

      I think all the reporters should gather at Shawn Simoes's mom's house and ask her point blank if she will laugh her head off as her son is known as a mysogynistic pig and has to now look for a new job due to disrespectful comment OR Shawn Simoes should call his mom the same thing since he is directing to ALL women including his mom!

      Misc Commenter

      May 12, 2015 at 4:44pm

      While it may be satisfying to see this person fired, I am not sure what exactly this incident has to do with him doing his job. How can he be fired for what he has said outside of working hours, in a context, completely unrelated to his job? I suspect that the company will be sued for wrongful dismissal and they will correctly lose. Note that I do not agree with the guy yelling at a reporter, but it doesn't have anything to do with his job.

      Megan Chare

      May 12, 2015 at 4:53pm

      I am sure his mother is dying from shame instead of laughter! LMAO!!