FHM suspends two for ‘correctional rape’ Facebook comments

2013-07-16 15:00

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Two FHM magazine writers were suspended with immediate effect after their “correctional rape” slurs sparked a social media storm today.

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The men’s magazine was fast to distance itself from the offensive comments, which condones “correctional rape” and expounds on rape conducted in a “fun” and “romantic manner”. The comments were met with a wave of dissent from Twitter users.

FHM editor Brendan Cooper told City Press: “FHM was horrified to learn of the incredibly offensive comments made by two of our staff members on their private Facebook pages.

“These comments in no way reflect FHM’s values. The opinions expressed are hurtful and deeply offensive and entirely unacceptable to FHM’s management.”

Cooper added that immediate disciplinary action would be taken against the magazine’s features editor, Max Barashenkov, and editorial assistant Montle Moorosi.

The furore was kick-started by Barashenkov’s Facebook update which read: “I propose correctional rape and sterilisation for any white person who twerks.”

A female friend chided him, saying that correctional rape should never be condoned.

But Moorosi decided to push the envelope, adding: “I think rape can be quite fun if executed in a romantic manner. Like saying ‘I love you’ before you slip a roofie in her Earl Grey tea.”

More derision by Facebook friends followed, to which Barashenkov replied: “I myself was a victim of correctional rape, so I can make jokes about it.”

Said Cooper: “They’re actually nice boys. But having these comments linked to my brand (has) me absolutely furious.”

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