Atrocious People, Part III: The “Fuck Her Right in Her Pussy” Saga

He started it.

He started it.

How did I miss this offensive, disgusting story presaging the end of civilization? I mean, I’m rather glad I did, and am now sorry to have to confront ugly reality (Gee, thanks, Mediaite!) But it has been a phenomenon for nearly a year, and one reason it escaped my notice is the news media’s infantile and cowardly refusal to publish key information directly when they think it might offend someone, or sometimes when they fear Islamic maniacs might kill them for it.

Journalists do realize that their job is to inform, not talk in code, right? This story was commonly refereed to as FHRIHP. Catchy. Also completely useless, unless you already knew what the letters stood for.

But I digress.

Or perhaps I’m stalling.

About a year ago, some boor trying to create a meme and sell crude t-shirts created fake video featuring a crazy old guy in a hood grabbing a female TV reporter’s microphone in a live shoot and yelling, “Fuck her right in her pussy!” This “hilarious” prank went viral even after it was revealed as a hoax. But because there are a lot of males whose mental and emotional age is about 12 and whose manners would be inappropriate in a barn, the practice of bystanders “videobombing” live broadcasts by screaming “FHRIHP!” started becoming a professional hazard for on-the-scene reporters, causing re-takes, expense, and embarrassment. This has been going on all this time.

Let me pause to say that screaming “FHRIHP!” isn’t humor. It isn’t witty, it isn’t clever, it isn’t even original. It’s vulgar, gratuitous disrespect and misogyny. Waving at the camera and mouthing “Hi Mom!” is stupid; this isn’t even that. It’s anti-social behavior. It’s life pollution. It makes mooning out the windows of cars look sophisticated. It makes pooping out the windows of cars look sophisticated. Do I make myself clear?

Last week, a Canadian reporter named Shauna Hunt was subjected to this crude non-joke and confronted the a-holes who had verbally assaulted her. She was reporting outside a Toronto soccer match this week when a fan jumped into her live shot and “FHRIHPed it. She immediately asked  the group of drunken sots, “Were you guys waiting around to see if you could ‘F her in the P’ me live on TV? You were? Seriously? Can I ask why you would want to do something like that?”

“No seriously, it’s a disgusting thing to say, it’s degrading to women and you would humiliate me on live television?” she continued. One of the men defended the phrase as  “fucking hilarious,” and another said, “You’re lucky there’s not a fucking vibrator here!”

Stay classy, Toronto!

Here’s the good news: the author of that last charming rejoinder was identified from the video as Hydro One assistant network management engineer/officer/boor Shawn Simoes, and he is now looking for a job. Good.

Hydro One’s head of communications said in a statement, “Respect for all people is ingrained in our values. We’re committed to a work environment where harassment of any kind is met with zero tolerance and a swift response.”

Society, and that means all of us, have to make it very clear that we will not tolerate such uncivilized and ugly conduct. The government can’t do anything about rude and intentionally offensive speech. It’s up to all of  us to make it uncomfortable, painful and expensive for the jerks and boors among us to pollute our lives. We still outnumber them, I think, but we won’t for long if ethical people refuse to do their duty.

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Facts: Mediaite 1,2,3

 

13 thoughts on “Atrocious People, Part III: The “Fuck Her Right in Her Pussy” Saga

  1. I hadn’t heard about this until now, and I have nothing to add to your commentary, but would it be needlessly crude to point out that saying out “FHRIHP” as a word sounds like the onomatopoeia of flatulence? Coincidence? I think not!

  2. Another reason I’m glad I don’t live on one of the coasts. It would take at least 5 years for that to reach here, but it will probably fade out before then.

  3. I probably would have responded to the vibrator comment by using it to question his own, er… “capability”, but I suppose that’s armchair quarterbacking.

  4. Can we make “Atrocious People Day” a monthly thing? There’s certainly enough terrible, terrible people.

    • Unfortunately our society has decided that violence of any sort is verboten unless you’re in danger (and even then, as evidenced by our school system). I personally think we should bring back some of the ancient “barbarian” concepts of the “right of vengeance”.

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