Sexist Views Are Expensive

Shauna Hunt of CityNews confronts Shawn Simoes after a Toronto FC game at BMO Field.Screen capture from video.

Shauna Hunt of CityNews confronts Shawn Simoes after a Toronto FC game at BMO Field.
Screen capture from video.

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – An event that has gone viral involves two men shouting, “F— her right in the p—-” as they pass by CityNews reporter Shauna Hunt while she was conducting an interview after a recent Toronto FC soccer game. Demonstrating that there is a limit to free speech, the soccer club’s parent, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, Wilfrid Laurier University, and Hydro One have all issued statements with far-reaching effects.

Having put with what has become an almost daily event, Hunt had enough of the trend and confronted a group of men with the camera still rolling.

Hunt asks the men on camera, “Were you guys waiting around to see if you could ‘F her in the P’ me live on TV?”

“Not you, but yes,” one of them replied while another later said, “This is f—ing hilarious. I don’t care what you say.”

The second man has been identified as Shawn Simoes, an engineer with Hydro One and former soccer player with the Laurier Golden Hawks.

Wilfrid Laurier University strongly condemns the extremely offensive and discriminatory comments made to a female television reporter at a recent Toronto FC soccer game. Laurier is deeply disappointed that Laurier alumni were associated with this incident. Laurier has a long track record of fighting gendered violence and promoting a climate of respect, inclusion, diversity, equality and safety.  We continue to work to eliminate gendered violence at Laurier — and to support the healing of those who have experienced it — through continuous inclusive dialogue, meaningful and ongoing training initiatives, accessible policies and protocols, community engagement, support services and campus collaborations.

TFC officials are trying to identify the other men responsible in the incident and have confirmed that offenders will be barred from HBO Stadium for “at least” a year.

Our organization is committed to an environment where everyone can feel safe and included and discrimination or intolerance of any kind will be met with a swift and serious response.

We’re thankful to our vast majority of fans for standing up against such sexist behaviour and working with us to help prevent it in the future.

Hydro OneMLSE also a statement saying the organization was “appalled that this trend of disrespectful behaviour would make its way to our city, let alone anywhere near our stadium.”

As for Simoes, expressing his strongly held sexist views could hurt him in the pocketbook. The Sunshine List employee was paid $106,510 by Hydro One, but that may have come to an end. A spokesman for the energy distributor has indicated that, “Hydro One is taking steps to terminate the employee for violating our Code of Conduct.”


About the Author

Ian Shalapata

Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States.
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