Shauna Hunt confronts her hecklers at the Toronto FC game. Photo: Youtube
Live television is challenging and unpredictable, but it shouldn't be sexist, which is why the tiresome "FHRITP" meme needs to go, according to Canadian reporter Shauna Hunt.
While broadcasting live from Sunday's Toronto FC match against the Houston Dynamo, a group of unimaginative hecklers disrupted Hunt's interview on CityNews to scream out "F--k her right in the p---y". Instead of brushing off the vulgar remark, however, she did what few have done in the past — she confronted the hecklers and she won.
In the clip, Hunt stops her interview and redirects her attention to the men who disrupted her to ask, "Were you guys waiting around just to see if you could 'F her in the P' me live on TV?"
"Not you," a man wearing sunglasses said, "but yes."
Hunt pressed further, asserting to the group that "it's a disgusting thing to say," at which point the man in the sunglasses takes off his shades and says, "Where else are you gonna do it?!" before asking if their exchange was really being taped.
It was. Oh, great goodness, it was and Hunt continued to gloriously school these guys, whose sense of humour (or lack thereof) would eventually come back to bite them.
WARNING: Strong language
"You know what? I'm sick of this," Hunt says.
"I get this every single day. Ten times a day by rude guys like you… When you talk into my microphone and say that into my camera to viewers at the station I work at, it's disrespectful and degrading to me."
At this point, the man in shades lets his buddy take over.
"I don't care!" the second man slurs, before revealing his group lacks in originality by noting the motivation behind their prank was entirely based on it happening in England.
Hunt, again, has the perfect response.
"Do you know that it's old? It's really not funny."
"It's been, like, a year!" the second man says, before truly proving his stupidity by adding, "You're lucky there's not a [expletive] vibrator in your ear like in England because it happens all the time. It's [expletive] amazing and I respect it!"
The employer of that man, however, identified as Shawn Simoes by the Toronto Star, does not respect the degrading prank, and on Tuesday, Hydro One fired him.
Hydro One statement regarding an employee at the TFC game. pic.twitter.com/qdJAZFgvMa— Hydro One (@HydroOne) May 12, 2015
"Respect for all people is ingrained in the 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," the company said in a statement posted to Twitter on Tuesday.
Toronto FC is also planning a punishment for Simoes and the others involved in the prank.
MLSE statement addressing company actions following Sunday’s incident: pic.twitter.com/1GUI1r4H7y— MLSE PR (@MLSEPR) May 12, 2015
"We're appalled that this trend of disrespectful behaviour would make its way to our city, let alone anywhere near our stadium," the team's ownership group Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment said in a statement posted to Twitter on Tuesday.
"We are working to identify the individuals, and when we do they will be banned from all of our facilities."
The Toronto Star reports the ban would span "at least" one year.
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