By now you’ve probably heard (something) about FHM staff member Max Barashenkov (sometimes Maxim) who updated his personal Facebook page with the status “i propose correctional rape and sterilization for any white person who twerks”. His colleague Montle Moroosi put petrol on the fire with the comments like “i think rape can be quite fun if executed in a romantic manner. like saying ‘i love you’ before slipping a roofie in her earl grey tea” (amongst others).
UPDATE: Read Max and Montle’s open letter to South Africa. I take my hat off to these guys for not only saying ‘sorry, sorry, sorry’, but that they’re also pointing out that it was indeed a “private – and do keep in mind that it was private, with all Facebook privacy settings set to ‘friends only’ – conversation” (as written in the letter). And the fact that they point out that the way their comment(s) were talked about and broadcasted, they don’t “recall quite as much of a public outcry over the Zozo case itself – Twitter didn’t rage and Gareth Cliff hardly made wisecracks about it. And that is an issue we cannot help but raise.” Do yourself a favour and read their letter.
As it is with Twitter and Social Media, it just takes one person to start a whole storm, and get everyone else revved up to join the discussion and debate, and to ‘boycott’ the specific person/company/brand. Then the mainstream media and blogs pick up the ‘story’, and then it just can’t be stopped. Which in turn leads to the specific people in question getting fired… We’ve seen it happen a few times.
You can read up on the story and the background information below;
- 2OceansVibe: FHM Features Editor Cracks Rape Jokes – Feels Internet’s Wrath [PICS]
- 2OceansVibe: FHM SA Suspends Features Editor For Rape Joke
- Mail & Guardian: FHM features editor faces disciplinary action over rape post
- City Press: FHM suspends two for ‘correctional rape’ Facebook comments
- MemeBurn: FHM South Africa writers spark Social Media outrage with FB rape jokes (This the best article if you want to complete background and updated information)
But who are Max Barashenkov (sometimes writing under the name Maxim Barashenkov) and Montle Moorosi, and what do they do at FHM? I decided to search for a few articles that they’ve written, so that you can get a sense of what type of journalists they might be.
Random Question and Stupid Answers
In every issue of FHM (just like Heat), they ask a random question and then all the staff members give an answer. I sometimes think everyone tries to be more creative or shocking than the other person, so don’t believe too much what they answer… Below are a few of the questions and answers of the past few issues, and you’ll see what Maxim (Features Editor) and Montle (Editorial Assistant) answered;
So what type of articles did they write? I did a quick search, and found the following articles… I think it would help put in context whether their opinions and comments were out of character, or part of their writing-style and personality… (to read a specific article, you will have to click on the image, which will open a bigger image in a separate window, and then you should be able to read the copy) Please note that I’m note saying that what they said, or how they joked about rape, is correct or okay.
- Max has written a few articles for Rolling Stones South Africa, including this one about “Cape Town’s Hip-Hop Punks”
- Remember to also read Max’s little Editors Letter in the August 2013 issue of FHM South Africa, after he helped to edit the August issue…
FHM, February 2013 (Zombie Survivor Guide)
FHM, March 2013 (Yankee Doodle Dandy – Jessica Versteeg)
FHM, April 2013 (Island Girl! – Hannah Davis)
FHM, April 2013 (Partying hard in Durban)
That’s Mr. Max himself in the picture below, and in some of the party pictures.
FHM, July 2013 (Queen of our hearts – Melinda Bam)
- Montle has written quite a few post for the online site and (now and again) magazine Mahala. You can read all his articles right here
FHM, February 2013 (Unsung hero – Mike Bernardo)
FHM, April 2013 (Lessons from Jail)
When I read this article in April, it was actually one of those articles that made me think “WTF!?” and “How commin to publish something like this”. Read the article yourself, and decide for yourself. And yes, that Mr. Montle Moroosi in all the pictures…
FHM, June 2013 (Bathroom habits of the red-blooded male)
FHM, August 2013 (10 Things to hide from everyone!)
This is from FHM’s brand new August 2013 issue, which will probably be the last issue that any work from Max or Montle appears… Because it’s their new issue, I’ve only uploaded low-res images. To read the full article, you’ll have to get the new issue.
I’m keeping my judgement for myself about what they said or shouldn’t have said, but I do think there needs to be some leniency when something is said in a private capacity, and not as part of work… I think suspending (read: firing, because that’s what will happen…) them is a bit too harsh. And the magazine should also not be blamed in any way, just because these individuals work for them. FHM did absolutely nothing wrong, so I can’t see why people are saying “I will never buy FHM again”… But I’ll leave it at that.
I just wanted to show some of their previous works to give some context on what they might have seen/saw as humour (originally).