FHM writ­ers fired over rape re­marks

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TWO FHM writ­ers who joked about cor­rec­tive rape on Face­book were fired yes­ter­day, the mag­a­zine said.

“FHM would like to an­nounce that fol­low­ing a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing held (yes­ter­day), presided over by an in­de­pen­dent chair­per­son, for­mer FHM em­ploy­ees Maxim Barashenkov and Mon­tle Moorosi have been dis­missed with im­me­di­ate ef­fect,” said a brief state­ment posted on the web­site of the men’s mag­a­zine.

A sta­tus up­date posted on Barashenkov’s Face­book page started a storm on Tues­day.

It read: “I pro­pose cor­rec­tional (sic) rape and ster­il­i­sa­tion for any white per­son who twerks (dances).”

One of Barashenkov’s fe­male friends re­buked him, say­ing cor­rec­tive rape should never be con­doned.

Moorosi then com­mented: “I think rape can be quite fun if ex­e­cuted in a ro­man­tic man­ner. Like say­ing ‘I love you’ be­fore you slip a roofie (Ro­hyp­nol, a seda­tive) in her Earl Grey tea.”

The pair pub­lished an open let­ter on Thurs­day, which started off with an apol­ogy but then went on to com­plain about the “me­dia mad­ness” around their “pri­vate con­ver­sa­tion” on Face­book. – Sapa

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