Here's a quick recap of what happened tonight, and the reaction online to a crass and offensive "trend" that's going on.
Drunkenness and hockey are no excuse. I met plenty of drunk people while covering the playoffs. The rest of 'em kept it respectful.
Some background on the whole FHRITP thing...
Again. People CAN be better than this. And I will continue to believe so.
I'm inclined to agree. However, it's unlikely to accomplish anything.
Nope. It's not right. It's not right for anywhere.
Some people on Twitter responded to myself, Karen and Tara, telling us that "it's a joke," "it's meant to be funny," and explanations like that. Here's the thing. When you invade my space , grab my mic and yell that, you're not just disrespecting me as a working journalist. You're disrespecting and harming me as an indiviual. And in this case, you're disrespecting someone who has survived sexual assault. When you yell FHRITP into my mic, I feel violated, not amused. I think of my assault, not a joke.
Same goes for catcalls, whistles, and uninvited physical contact. When you invade the space of a survivor of sexual violence, you bring them back to those same feelings of harm, helplessness and violation. And here's the thing. You have no idea of the personal history of person whose mic you're grabbing.