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2013-07-19 11:54
Montle Moorosi's Twitter page

Cape Town – After FHM writers Max Barashenkov and Montle Moorosi apologised for their harsh comments about correctional rape on Thursday, it has now surfaced that both men are no strangers to online controversy.

A Google search revealed that besides writing for FHM, Moorosi also writes for an online magazine Mahala, is an aspiring musician that goes by the name of Big Space and has his own recording label called Wet Dreams Recordings, whose logo is on his Facebook page:

Montle Moorosi's Facebook page

He has also used lots of other derogatory pictures as his past cover photos, including this one:

Montle Moorosi's Facebook

On his Big Space's Soundcloud page, one of his songs uses the photo of a bare-chested woman in a mocking way:
Montle Moorosi's Soundcloud account

In a video response to the rape comments, Jozi Shore's Anton Taylor posted a link to one of Moorosi's alleged blog sites called usblackzknow, where random photos of South Africans are posted with racist, sexist and homophobic captions:

Another search revealed that Barashenkov is also a controversial writer not shying away from speaking his mind. In an article written for Vice, Barashenkov shares his experience at a local music festival in which he refers to women as "meat" being dragged to his tent:

"Hunting in the daisy fields is much like hunting in the savannah: locate the weak one in the herd – usually swaying a little too much to whatever crap band is playing; approach and begin lying – how much you love this band, how you know them personally, how you were actually in the band at some stage; flash your media pass and, if you work for One Small Seed, drag the meat back to your magazine’s snazzy tent, club it into submission with pumping house music and have your way. Clean up. Repeat. Glorious."

In a short story published on a blog, he writes about an engineer who builds women and incinerates them after sex. Read it here.

Social media storm

A social media storm erupted on Tuesday after two writers from FHM men's magazine made harsh comments about correctional rape on their personal Facebook pages.

Soon after the incident took place, both men were suspended from the magazine followed by a statement from FHM editor, Brendan Cooper, in which he said: "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."

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

*Channel24 requested to interview Moorosi regarding his controversial online presence. By the time of publishing this article we had still not received any response.

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