That’s the only word for the gaggle of man-children who yelled “Fuck her right in the pussy!” at CityNews reporter Shauna Hunt as her camera rolled at a Toronto FC match on Mother’s Day.
If you haven’t seen the video, it’s cringe-worthy. Hunt is calm but stern in her approach, cooly stepping away from her job to confront the giggling assholes.
“Can I ask why you would want to say something like that?” she asked one.
“I feel like it’s quite substantial,” one idiot smiled back. (WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN?!)
Another idiot, when asked what his mother would think, replied, “Oh, my mom would die laughing, eventually.”
After our fury settled, we were left with a serious question: why do some men find this funny? Is it the word “pussy” or “fuck”? (If so, please just stay home and watch Family Guy.) Do they just want to be on TV? Do they get their kicks harassing women?
Because that’s what this is: sexual harassment. The #FHRITP “movement” – as its petty proponents call it – has popped up across North America since January 2014, when a reporter foolishly let the words slip out on live TV. Since then, YouTube has become littered with men of all stripes interrupting reporters with the vulgar language. If you want to hate humanity, just spend a few minutes searching FHRITP on YouTube.
Thankfully, the local reaction has been swift. According to the Toronto Sun, Toronto FC is working to identify the men in question; once identified, they’ll receive lifelong bans. (That in mind, the Star reported that the ban will last “at least” a year.)
“We’re appalled that this trend of disrespectful behaviour would make its way to our city, let alone anywhere near our stadium,” an MLSE spokesperson told the Sun.
If a ban from sports isn’t enough to dissuade these bigots, there’s also the chance of criminal charges.
“So far none of the reporters want charges laid,” Const. Victor Kwong of the Toronto police told the Star. “Bottom line is, if the reporters did want to file a report with us, they absolutely can.”
Even Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne has gotten involved, tweeting her support of Shauna Hunt.
— Kathleen Wynne (@Kathleen_Wynne) May 12, 2015
In the United States, law enforcement is getting involved in quashing FHRITP. An 18-year-old Pennsylvania man was recently charged after he yelled “FHRITP” at an American new reporter. He pleaded guilty to a charge of harassment.
So there you have it, douchebags. Keep shouting FHRITP. We’d love to hear your defense in court.