#FHRITP: Did Hydro One overreact after reporter’s reaction went viral

A female Toronto reporter made the news around the world when she confronted rude male fans outside a soccer stadium.

  • The Goat

    Everyone involved in that video looks like a Trudeau voter to me.

    • Heh;) OK but the guy should not have lost his job, the Cops should have steered clear of it and the reporter should be sent packing.

      • Speaksvolumes

        Yeah it’s crazy that he lost his job. He wasnt even the one who said it, he just said it was funny. But that’s what you get when you combine hysteria over “rape culture” with social media lynch mobs.

    • Tom Forsythe

      You mean that those awful sexists on the religious right are more likely to show women a little respect?

  • Tom Forsythe

    The left has spent a couple centuries destroying any concept of chivalry, honour, or respect, and are now shocked that young men don’t act like gentlemen.

    • Good point, the FHRITP thing has happened to male reporters and women have done it as well.

    • Speaksvolumes

      I think it’s good that chivalry is dead. Treating women like they’re all special snowflakes is bad for women because they end up behaving like children. It’s also bad for society because it influences things like hiring quotas and lowering of standards (as in the military). But decency and respect has definitely gone by the wayside on the part of both men and women.

      • El Martyachi

        What was better? “Oh, she’s applying for this job that women typically don’t do. She must be pretty good at it/driven/bold/etc.” or “Oh I have to hire this stupid cunt unremarkable woman because our HR policy dictates $n % of women.”

        • Speaksvolumes

          Huh? I’m saying the last vestiges of the corpse of chivalry influence things like hiring quotas and lowering of standards to accommodate women.

          • El Martyachi

            I don’t see that at all. Not even an eensy weensy bit.

          • Speaksvolumes

            Then you’re not looking hard enough.

            Replace individual chivalry from men with chivalry from the state. Establish women as a perpetual “victim class” who must be protected and helped. Advocate on their behalf for special privileges because they are “oppressed.” Do so at the expense of- and vilification of- men (as a class).

          • El Martyachi

            I think you may just perhaps be overextending the reach of chivalry (which was really a narrow relatively localized historical aberration) a touch.

      • Tom Forsythe

        No, if you treat women like they’re special they act like ladies.

        • Speaksvolumes

          No they don’t. If you treat anyone like they’re special based on something arbitrary, they’ll act like entitled brats.

          • Tom Forsythe

            Hiring quotas and lower standards for women have nothing to do with chivalry.

            Men and women are different. Rather than being angry and spiteful about those differences, it makes more sense for them to embrace and honour them.

          • Speaksvolumes

            There’s nothing wrong with a man’s natural inclination to protect a woman. When it is manipulated and exploited to provide women with special privileges – that’s a problem. That’s exactly what feminism does. It creates victims out of women and then exploits men’s natural inclination to protect by implementing things like hiring quotas and lowered standards. It makes women into a special class. Chivalry is just the ancient name for the exploitation of men’s natural inclination to protect women.

      • Editor

        Chivalry may be on the decline but treating women like special irresponsible snowflakes is a growth industry! It is the main unspoken tenet of 3rd wave feminism; rights without responsibilities.

        • Speaksvolumes

          Feminists have replaced the chivalry of individual men with the collective chivalry of the state.

  • Tom Forsythe

    In uniform, it is fireable, but otherwise it is free speech.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    The Kingston Police should be getting pilloried over this, but where is the outcry?

    • barryjr

      I’m reporting you to Big Brother for daring to think the police are wrong comrade.

      • andycanuck

        Mmm. 20 gram chocolate ration. Mmm.
        Doh!

    • Maxsteele

      I agree, when I read that as a Toronto ex-pat living in Kingston I was shocked. Are we becoming a police state now?

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        Due to my limited access to the internet at the moment, so I can’t post it directly, but take a look at their Twitter feed and pay special attention to the idiot reporter named Rebecca Aguilar.
        https://mobile.twitter.com/kingstonpolice/status/598301940104241152
        “You mean Canada is a different country?”

        Yes, and so is America too, as she obviously thinks she is posting from Mexico.

        Edit: I can link, but not embed.

    • Yup the cops are showing their totalitarian streak on this one. Time to defund them.

    • andycanuck

      The Calgary police have also weighed in on this affecting reporters in their city while ignoring Moslems yelling anti-Israeli slurs at demonstrations. Some animals are more equal than others.

      • Speaksvolumes

        Muslims > women > trans > gays > ethnics > whites > straight men > white men

        I think that’s the current hierarchy, but I’m not a Marxist so I could be wrong.

        • Gays and trans definitely trump women.

          • Kaye

            that was my suspicion – is there an official listing of the current social-group ratings somewhere? Maybe the UN keeps one, or the Star.

          • Speaksvolumes

            But they definitely don’t hump them!

            Ba-dum-ching!

        • Kaye

          And then you could be a combination of those categories: It can getso complicated! I guess if you were that mythical creature – a female, non-white, gay muslim – you would have achieved official godhood status. Or maybe just ascended bodily into heaven?

          • Jay Currie

            Only to be passed by your wheelchair bound, genderless ex-sister.

  • Speaksvolumes

    The guy who was fired isn’t even the one who said FHRITP. They haven’t identified him yet. This guy defended the comment, which makes him a jerk, but firing him is extreme. This is the result of mob rule.

  • barryjr

    If these idiots did that to me or my family I would be ready to trash them as well. If he wasn’t dressed in a company uniform or identifying himself as a representative of a company the company shouldn’t be firing him for what he does during his free time, If I was him I would be drawing up an invoice for Hydro One to compensate me for all the hours that I wasn’t at work during my employment with them yet they appear to think they have control over my behaviour (however reprehensible my behaviour is).

  • Maxsteele

    I guess speech is not free in Canada either. If you can fire someone for uttering these crass words to a female on the street then where does it end? Once you take away freedom it is gone for everyone forever! Unless he was standing there wearing his Hydro one uniform doing this then his place of employment has no right to fire him and the police have no right to do anything to him either.
    What she did in response is the right thing to do. As they say, you fight bad speech with good speech. If you cannot debate or hold your own in the public square then you should not use the power of the state against someone for just saying something offensive.

  • kkruger71

    This getting people fired for stuff they do off the job thing has really gone too far. Not saying it should never happen, but it’s getting ridiculous now.
    For example, I have a small entertainment company that sends performers out to mostly childrens events. If someone I book was one of these guys I would certainly not be sending them out anymore. However if it was someone that worked in the office (were I large enough to have one), I would think firing them was too extreme. Same as if we booked people to be DJs at adult events, firing the guy would be extreme. It really comes down to if they are a public face of your company and if their actions really hurt your bottom line. Catering to mob rule because a bunch of slactivists on Twitter have a hissy fit is not fair.

  • Lukas Fernier

    I’m iffy on this. If they yelled out “Mainstream media isn’t talking about the chronic anti-Semitism taking place in Europe” I’d have their backs on not taking flack.

    I’m not sure what kind of ‘speech’ it is to get on live television yelling expletives – it is hardly telling truth to power and not quite up there with the secret ballot. That said, firing is pretty extreme and not the right answer for the guy defending the other one. What we should be asking is why a moron like this is an assistant at a public utility, but earning over $100,000.
    He’s a moron messing with someone’s job – there should be a response short of firing them that addresses this.

    • andycanuck

      He wasn’t the yeller, Lukas. He was a bystander who politely defended the yeller as it being a joke.

      • Mal

        Not so politely, Andy; but whatever-her-name-is did draw him into the damned mess.
        Never give a moron a mic. It should be a rule.

  • Waffle

    Well, it was inevitable. Boys behaving badly. In public. On camera. I call it blowback. Before you read any further, don’t get me wrong. I’m not condoning this stupid, juvenile,disgusting behaviour. But (oh heavens — there’s that 3-letter word again) there are no limits to free speech. If you want to act like a jerk, be my guest. But, there are consequences, so be mature enough to accept that reality, be you male or female.

    Today’s young men can sorta be forgiven for not knowing how life in the western world has changed in the last half century . They’ve been exposed to a lot of mixed messages. For example, when does “no” mean “no”? Especially when a drunken femlae sprawls across your bed, fishes a condom out of her purse and 2 weeks later accuses you of sexual harassment? What’s a guy supposed to do when a woman wants a promotion so badly she willingly consents to ‘rough sex’ (aka battery)? What do you do when you make silly, sexist remarks on what you thought was a private Facebook page and all of a sudden, after several years of hard work and thousands of borrowed dollars your ability to graduate and practice as a professional all goes down the drain?

    You can certainly be forgiven if you thought that life in the Hugh Hefner f**k like rabbits universe was going to be grand. After all, it was consequence-free sex — the pill and abortion on demand takes care of that, doesn’t it? But then, gender became “fluid’ as they say. Men could be become women at the flick of a scalpel and a few hormones. Women could became men with a few additions and those lovely hormones. Who is really who? Life is a masquerade. What’s a poor shmuck supposed to do except act out his confusion for the whole world to see. Suck it up, baby!

    So tell me this: How come a female politician can get up in front of a roomful of journalists (and cameras, please note), pissed as all get out, potty language streaming out of her foolish mouth, babbling on about sex in every orifice one can think of and she gets to keep her job (with all sorts of people making excuses for her and a silly man-boy mindlessly bleeps a stupid meme also on camera (after being induced to do so) and HE gets fired?

    Just askin’. . .

    • El Martyachi

      Honest question?

      Honest answer. IMNSHO it comes down to the systematic destruction of the thing formerly known as western civilization. Divide and rule and all that.

    • Good questions. I hope sincerely that this ramps up the FHRITP activity as a protest.

      • G

        I hope so as well. Journalists are arrogant jerks. The news media needs to be taken down a few pegs. This is a crude way of doing it but I like to see it. Every time a journalist suffers I like it.

        Its funny. There all these people whining about what a jerk the guy was and how he’s disrespectful to women and other B.S.
        Apparently I’ve been talking to different people. The guys I’ve talked to think FHRITP is hilarious.

        My guess, this bitch reporter might think she’s a tough chick now but really, all she’s done is make a lot of young guys want to yell FHRITP to a TV camera. I hope they do.

  • Speaksvolumes

    The premier said that this is “workplace sexual harassment.” Can anyone with knowledge of labour laws (?) vouch for that? It seems odd that anywhere a reporter goes to get a news story can be designated as a “workplace”. And wouldn’t the person doing the “harassment” also need to be an employee of that workplace?

    Was a crime committed here? Is this verbal assault? And the guy who was fired isn’t even the one who said it. He just defended what the other idiot said. This entire story is a lot muddier than how it’s being framed in the media.

    • WalterBannon

      this is not “workplace sexual harassment.”

      he was not in the workplace, he was in the public square, on his own time

      This is no different that you calling Rogers Cable to complain about their crappy service and then yelling at the idiot call center agent on the phone. The agent may be working, but you are just a member of the public an not their co-worker – by wyyne’s figuring you are guilty of workplace harassment which is complete bullshit

      that stupid dike Wynne does not know her head from her ass, although it is arguable as to whether there is much difference between the two.

  • passerby1969

    I have to disagree with you, Ezra. The problem is that our cities have grown too large. In the past, if someone were to commit such an indiscretion, then he/she would have been fired because the whole community knew of it. Social media helps localize a lot of behaviour.

    The people who cheer the guy being fired are cheering because he actually did something wrong; the reporter did nothing wrong. You can’t compare regarding bullying. I hope this kind of action sends a message to people like my son who think they can imitate anything on youtube without real social repercussions.

    As an aside, it kills me that guys like this get paid $100,000 and are jerks and nobody is breathing down his back like they do teachers for making a top salary of $93,000.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Because almost no teachers are worth that much?
      Many teachers are worth much less than that.

  • Mal

    Female reporter, schmemale reporter; it’s loutish behaviour. I couldn’t care less about Premier Strap-On’s sexual harassment BS, but I believe in disciplinary consequences for this sort of public behaviour. These dickheads absolutely deserved a punitive response for the sort of vulgarity they publicly demonstrate; but I would hate like hell for this particular asshole to be rewarded in cash for wrongful dismissal or damages to his so-called reputation afterwards.
    Ahh, for the days when a black eye or a flattened nose sorted most things out.

    • passerby1969

      The group of people who should be involved are the police for harassing a woman on the street.

      • Mal

        ?
        Not getting you there, Passerby.
        And I’m not saying the reporter hasn’t a share in this. She could’ve used the opportunity to ream them out on camera; but instead handed the mike over to them to get more abuse.

        • passerby1969

          If I were standing on a street and some guy came up to me or someone I was talking to and told that person to FHITP, I would think there would be charges that could be laid. We’ve become accustomed to people swearing in public at other people.

  • tom_billesley

    If they are readily associated with their employer, by uniform they wear, fire them.
    As they were not in uniform that shouldn’t apply.
    However, they are in club colours and thus bring that club into disrepute, so they should be barred from the ground, at least for a period.

    • Mal

      Absolutely.

  • David Murrell

    Good discussion, and I respect Ezra’s work a lot, and what he is doing with Rebel.media. But here I have to disagree, and agree with those on this thread who write against the loutish men in the video. This is not a conservative vs. liberal argument — given that the loutish men are not conservative promoting conservatism. They are simply mean-spirited men yelling profanities. People who do that, especially young men dumb enough to do this sort of thing in front of rolling TV cameras, ought to be fired.

    At university, there has been discussion about university “fratboys” saying vulgar things, on campus, to women. These fratboys are not conservatives. They are just being dumb and vulgar.

    Today the left-wing CBC News is making a big thing about this, siding with the CITY-TV reporter. But as someone has pointed out, there is a hypocricy with CBC News — where they tolerate nude gay men on floats in gay pride events, and Muslim men abusing women. But conservatives should speak out against all demeaning acts and words against women. If conservatism is defending the core of Western Civilization, let’s defend all of it.

    • bverwey

      Hey David … maybe the spurnolist should have asked directions to the feminist “trigger” safe room. No excuse for being a loud mouth punk but as Mary Katherin Ham said on O’Reilly … butts are fine but don’t belong with free speech … to paraphrase.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLQpTCnihz257V5Vz-6Mb1spQV7Mvcxfzr&v=XW_Q69Pd6jc

    • El Martyachi

      Maybe if if being nice wasn’t so mandatory stuff like this wouldn’t happen. Or maybe it would happen less, or differently, or maybe not. Evil vs. Stupid is getting really old…

    • Gary

      What about that pathetic American Svend Robinson that dumped his wife and turned gay to get in Politics to make it more civil and fight for Social Justice in the Court no matter the Income or Position in Society.
      That loud mouth malcontent crusader for gays right shouted out rude comments in the House when one of his Presidents was visiting Parliament and yet the CBC saw this POS as brave and making a statement .
      Later Svend was caught stealing a $60,000.00 item at an Pre- Auction display open to registered attendants which he denied for two days until it was too late.
      Svend’s values went out the window when HE was about to face a Judge to do serious jail time with NO soap-on-a-rope in the showers with Buba from the next bunk bed.
      Svend THEN used his Social Status as a MP for special treatment which got him a closed trial and Back Room deal for probation which no Black youth would have gotten in a lesser crime worth $2000.00 .
      The CBC bought the BS by Svend that he had a mental illness he snapped out of right after the probation period , the Media Party saw his as the Victim of mental illness from the stress of all the homophobia in canada.

  • Gary

    These employer standards for behaviour by workers outside of the business hours is a joke and a PR move to look good .
    I worked for a big Bank and they handed out a new guide for Conduct with a list of offences to justify termination and some activities to stay away from.
    We were employed 24 hours a day and shouldn’t tarnish their image of high moral codes, that was until the CEO got his picture in the Business section of a News Paper that had him showing up at a high society Party with a ex- Sunshine Girl in a skimpy dress that looked like she could be his daughter . This was right after he left his Wife , so the Bank had one rule for underpaid peons and no rules for horny old Exec’s in the Board room that can’t keep their willy in their pants.
    Bmo likes to look Gay-Friendly to support PRIDE, but they don’t condemn the two pro-hamas groups in it while hamas brutally murdwers gays in Gaza under sharia law, they also don’t care that naked males expose them selves while children are around and the Police stand by and do squat .

  • Tokenn

    No this shouldn’t be a firing offense, much less a criminal matter. Having said that I _will_ say that I’m damn sick of the casual unthinking coarseness that seem to infect current society. I hope that nasty little jerk, and any other like him, don’t get a date or even a kind word from a woman until they’re 40…or until they smarten up and make a sincere public apology, Do these idiots even listen to themselves? Clearly they weren’t beaten enough as children.