FHM writers fired

2013-07-19 15:15
Cape Town - The two FHM writers who sparked a social media furore earlier this week have been fired.

FHM released an official statement on their website on Friday saying: “FHM would like to announce that following a disciplinary hearing held on Friday the 19th July 2013, presided over by an independent chairperson, former FHM employees Maxim Barashenkov and Montle Moorosi have been dismissed with immediate effect”.

The two men came under fire on Tuesday after they 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."



  • Sarah Stanton - 2013-07-19 15:23

    Okay, said it befor, will say it again. IF you list your company on your FB profile or IF you have been marketed by said company so that your name is associated with said company, and you THEN spill garbage out on a public platform, you bring said company into disrepute. Learn, people. It has been tried and tested, you will be fired.

      Sarah Stanton - 2013-07-19 15:56

      Can't say I agree with Alicialouise. Punishment fits the act as far as I am concerned, shouting "jail" for this is just being vengeful.

      Zip Reeper - 2013-07-19 16:00

      very correct and principled, For His Masturbation!

      Sekalf Nroc - 2013-07-19 16:15

      Alicia-Louise... please get a life!

      Amber Rancic - 2013-07-19 16:31

      Alicia, I agree that what they did was disgraceful, but it's not criminal, and it doesn't deserve jail time. The punishment fit the crime in this case. If we start throwing people in jail for comments such as theirs it won't be long before we have people in jail for crticizing politicians too voiciferously.

  • Andre Stuart - 2013-07-19 15:24

    good for them,

      Sekalf Nroc - 2013-07-19 16:19


  • Margaret Naidoo - 2013-07-19 15:25

    Let this be a lesson!Be careful of what you write on social media pages. Sympathise with you for loss of income but you guys brought it on upon yourselves.

  • Charmaine Mulder Visser - 2013-07-19 15:26

    Good, they need to learn their words have consequences and their pathetic attempt of an apology was in no way even taking responsibility for their actions.

  • Zoheb Hassan - 2013-07-19 15:27

    Hopefully in future they'll learn to think before posting such insensitive things on fb..

  • Estienne Skead - 2013-07-19 15:27


  • Robert Keene - 2013-07-19 15:36

    Correctional dismissal - well deserved!

      Mandla Sipho - 2013-07-19 15:45


  • Julian Booyens - 2013-07-19 15:37

    Its still a rubbish magazine, I stopped reading it years ago.

      Mandla Sipho - 2013-07-19 15:47

      "Reading"...when i was a teen,used to buy it for posters. Didn't know ppl read fhm

      James Sepeng - 2013-07-20 16:43

      Lol... I only buy for a calander and 100 most sexy woman in the world...

  • Sarah Corlett - 2013-07-19 15:46

    Well done FHM. You idiots deserve this punishment.

  • MWF - 2013-07-19 15:54

    Whatever happened to freedome of speech? Not saying I agree with what they said, but for goodness sakes they did so on their own personal FB pages? Its crazy that you can be fired because of something you say on FB that was not as a representative of your company!

      Jason van Heerden - 2013-07-19 16:12

      Not only are they asswipes but they not very smart, everyone knows FB is meant to be used to show off how perfect your life is.

      Clarence P. Esau - 2013-07-19 16:27

      It is a moot point as to whether one can claim a "personal" space when you are associated with a particular publication... I state that i work for the ANC and often express views critical of the party but hopefully these will not be viewed as bringing the organisation into disrepute... Jokes in VERY BAD TASTE is however what FHM is all about so for this particular magazine to penalise people for doing what the mag does best is laughable... Perhaps the "independent adjudicator" simply does not understand the ethos of the mag. I doubt that he even reads it?!

      Riëtte Nöthling - 2013-07-19 17:08

      If I made that kind of disgusting jokes on my FB page i'd probably also be dismissed, it will bring a company into disrepute no matter what. Even worse that these people work in the media, even if it is just FHM. To condone a crime is just plain stupid.

  • Sara Melissa Ferreira Rodrigues - 2013-07-19 15:59

    Well done! A slight morsel of my respect for FHM has been restored. These men did not just make one joke, but had a history of publicizing disrespectful and problematic attitudes toward women. I am glad that FHM has acknowledged such behaviour as unacceptable and treated the perpetrators accordingly. I hope that this will be a lesson to anyone else who wishes to blatantly express insensitive comments about abuse whilst representing a popular brand.

      Isabel Rodriguez - 2013-07-19 16:29

      I agree with what you said about the "history of publicizing disrespectful and problematic attitudes toward women" That is why them getting fired is very appropriate, this was not a one time offence.

  • Candice Antonia Vietri - 2013-07-19 16:15

    After reading Max and Montles "not so sorry" apology and seeing Montles absolutely disgusting blog, i have zero sympathy for them. They made their bed, now they must lie in it. No employee is irreplaceable. Good on you FHM!

  • Jane Dawson - 2013-07-19 16:15


  • Ephraim Le-Nation - 2013-07-19 16:17

    they apologized fhs!!!

      Erna Westdyk - 2013-07-19 16:34

      Did you read their apology?

      Ephraim Le-Nation - 2013-07-19 16:50

      they apologized at the end of the day

  • Erna Westdyk - 2013-07-19 16:29

    Good move especially after their so-called apology. I read that the one guy makes a habit of posting weird stuff on facebook.

      Dagga Movement - 2013-07-19 18:00

      weird stuff? Like what?

  • Johan Gremlin Engelbrecht - 2013-07-19 16:31

    Damn idiots!!!! And I'm not talking about them! I'm talking about YOU, the public, and the FHM management... Sorry guys, this was not deserved....

      Erna Westdyk - 2013-07-19 16:33

      So you agree with what they wrote?

      Johan Gremlin Engelbrecht - 2013-07-19 16:54

      I was born with a sense of humor and accept what was written was done as a joke... And don't try and preach to me about wrong or right, women abuse, rape, death, I've had that in my family and yes I joke about it too... Sulking about it or labelling it untouchable does not solve anything... JOKES DOES NOT ADD TO RAPE STATISTICS.... And this "holier than thou" stance everyone has taken up suddenly is a load of bs... I bet you 90% of the lynch mob has skeletons hidden worse than a joke...

  • Bob Wowzer - 2013-07-19 16:35

    Well that's two careers right down the sh*tter...

  • Israel - 2013-07-19 16:36

    Complete idiots!! - choose your words carefully - anything you say may be thrown back in your face with vicious actions - good riddance

  • justin.judson - 2013-07-19 16:43

    Well deserved! When you post comments I a public domain make sure you think before doing so! FHM right to sack them, no one can deny they brought the magazine into disrepute!? As for 'private' Facebook or Twitter, dream on, your comments are there forever. For those that condone their behaviour you really need to start usinf thqt grey mayter between your ears!

      Bob Wowzer - 2013-07-19 16:50

      Sure, their comments were dangerous and uncalled for. But where does one draw the line? How much power is the law putting into employers' hands when they can fire you for expressing your own opinions in your personal capacity and in your own time?

  • Sindisiwe Inonozi Mtshara - 2013-07-19 16:55

    if you've got nasty things to say, better speak about them with friends or else you'll be collecting your stuff on monday at work.

  • Mark Allewell - 2013-07-19 16:56

    They have been punished, deserved or not. FHM don't have a leg to stand on. Their website is tantamount to porn and they are derogatory to woman all over the site. I just find it amazing that people are praising FHM for standing up to these two young guys, that clearly made a mistake. I mean there is a car riding on this ladies back while she bends over? Yip, FHM, you really are a beacon of society . http://www.fhm.com/girls/news/midweek-hottie-emily-ratajkowski-84142

      Tyrone Kleiner - 2013-07-19 17:32

      If you don't like it don't read it .

      Cindy Naude - 2013-07-19 18:15

      Mark, I agree! what i don't understand is how so many people seem to conveniently forget what FHM is all about, sad, really... not that i like what these guys said, but geez, seems like a bit of double standards going on here... how often do people joke on this very same site about things that are not even REMOTELY funny, yet no one is screaming for any of them to be fired from their jobs... it's ridiculous, and deserved or not, i guess they took a gamble and lost..

  • Justin Aguy - 2013-07-19 16:57

    Good riddance to bad rubbish

  • Zuna Pezu - 2013-07-19 17:04

    Well done FHM !!!!

  • Shireen Abbas Davids - 2013-07-19 17:15

    Storm in a teacup SO stupid to let people lose their income over a statement said in haste !

  • Barney Klaasin - 2013-07-19 17:18

    I'm worried about freedom of speech.Even these guys private FB account. Do not believe its fiar to dismiss someone on a opion even if I do not agree on what they said.later this will become norm.FHM you unfair .Finish en klaar

  • Teboho Bruno Chiefconerstone Macheli - 2013-07-19 17:26

    people make stupid comments all the time!!! i'm never buying this stupid magazine ever again...im also burning the copies i have...these are people's lives we talking about here...people's careers...they could have been charged or something not fired...poor decision fhm*****s!!!

  • Barney Klaasin - 2013-07-19 17:38

    I'm worried about freedom of speech.Even these guys private FB account. Do not believe its fiar to dismiss someone on a opion even if I do not agree on what they said.later this will become norm.FHM you unfair .Finish en klaar

      Dienkie Davids - 2013-07-19 17:47

      Freedom comes with responsibilities. These okes are/were connected to FHM even in their private persona. What they say and how they conduct themselves reflects on FHM as well. We all know FHM is a lil risquè at times but there's always line of sensitivity which isn't crossed. Thank you FHM

  • justin.judson - 2013-07-19 17:39

    If you are going to offend with a public comment or condone rape etc id say you have crossed that line. Its a difficult one really but common sense should prevail. To iffend based on gender, race etc is where we cross the line according to the south african constitution. They showed their true colours by blogging what they did. With so much information posted by employees, prospective or otherwise, its the first place some employers look these days to verify a persons character, so everyone needs to conduct themselves accordingly.

  • Oarabile Rodney M - 2013-07-19 17:52

    My employer should just try and fire me for what I say on my fb or any social network..I d sue them for all they got!!they d really regret

  • Dagga Movement - 2013-07-19 17:57

    Well in that case the judge who made a similar comment in "public" court recently should also be fired.

  • Love Ness - 2013-07-19 18:23

    This is not the end. A labour case is coming and the end will be unexpected by most if I consider these comments.

  • Jacque Raymer - 2013-07-19 18:26

    everybody is defending these guys quoting "freedom of speech", but moment some guy makes a comment voicing his opinion that sounds racist everyone demands he be fired, how is this any different, you guys saying we can voice opinions on rape and gender but not skin colour ? that is so biased, im glad they got the axe, they deserved it, they represent a magazine and should reflect their public appearance in the same way.

  • Andrea Thompson - 2013-07-19 19:34

    They're writers, they understand how important a basic apology is. At the end being dismissed is what they should have anticipated for having given a half hearted apology.

  • Ralph Tschohl - 2013-07-20 06:26

    Wonder if FHM sales will increase following this controversy?

  • Mark Russell - 2013-07-20 06:29

    These two brain donors should be very well versed in the consequences of using a public platform to air personal insults and bias. More so because they are well known writers. Their comments were totally disrespectful and easy it of line. They just tossed away great jobs for being stupid.

  • Margo Vorster - 2013-07-20 08:27

    YES YES YES!!!

  • Margo Vorster - 2013-07-20 08:33

    Goodbye 'tiny' boys!!

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