Parent company DEFY Media says an investigation into sexual harassment claims against the "Honest Trailers" creator was launched in August.
"Honest Trailers" creator Andy Signore has been fired by DEFY Media after reports of sexual abuse and harassment went public, and Twitter is confused as to whether they should celebrate or trash the HR department for ignoring initial claims by Signore's female employees.
"Screen Junkies dismissal of Andy Signore was absolutely the right thing to do. Should’ve happened even sooner! F-ck that guy 4 life," one user tweeted, while another fan of the YouTube channel tweeted, "Let's make it very clear a lot of us ain't going to keep supporting ya'll unless the HR department makes some changes. Fix your shit."
DEFY Media, who owns the Screen Junkies YouTube channel that Signore worked for, tweeted Sunday to announce they were parting ways with the senior vice president of content.
"DEFY Media and Screen Junkies have today terminated Andy Signore's employment, effective immediately. There is simple no justification for this egregious and intolerable behavior," the company said. "In August, DEFY's HR team was made aware of allegations made against Andy, at which time an investigation was launched. On Friday, new information became available and the scope and magnitude of his inappropriate actions became apparent. We are acting swiftly to address the concerns of the people affected, and that going forward, our community is free of harassment or discrimination of any kind."
"Our Screen Junkies colleagues and freelancers are a team of remarkable creators serving loyal fans and we will support and protect them," the statement continued. "If anyone else is aware of behavior of this type, we would encourage them to bring it to our attention."
Despite the effort to respond to the outrage, Screen Junkies fans still aren't letting the company off the hook.
See what Twitter is saying about Signore's termination and the HR team who seemed to have ignored the allegations until they became too public.
How does @andysignore still have 50,000 followers? How do you hear about what he did AND see him get fired and not immediately hit unfollow?— Doug Jamieson (@itsdougjam) October 9, 2017
@andysignore ...Was it really worth it?— Alex Locke (@ApeLocke) October 9, 2017
@andysignore I never liked you. Your grating voice, fat neck, your constant SJW virtue-signalling; funny how things work out isn't it!— The Iconoclast (@IconoclastPig) October 9, 2017
Screen Junkies dismissal of Andy Signore was absolutely the right thing to do. Should’ve happened even sooner! Fuck that guy 4 life.— Daisy Witchards 🍁👻 (@daisyrichards) October 9, 2017
The most disturbing thing about Andy Signore’s sexual harassments was that he knew what they were but acknowledged and brushed it off.— Geraldine Khor (@HardKhorToon) October 9, 2017
@andysignore you're one sad and repulsive man— Diego Ayala Raffalli (@DiegoAyalaR) October 9, 2017
You should pull all the Movie Fights videos. It’s kinda uncomfortable tryna watch em knowing a rapist was hosting the show— Daniel N. Georgi (@DaammnnDaniell) October 9, 2017
Good fucking riddance ! @andysignore you brought this onto yourself.— Devin Colson (@DevinColson) October 9, 2017
Huge step in the right direction but you owe @April13Dawn & many other women an apology for how they were treated and you need to be better.— Leighanne Somers (@LeighanneSomers) October 9, 2017
Guys this is a huge victory, but you’re just gonna move on?! There’s so many more assholes than this. We need to rebuild this community— Travis Wladkowski (@The_5th_Turtle) October 9, 2017
Very disappointed it took this long for proper measures to be taken, only when it went viral on twitter & caused public embarrassment to SJ.— OrangeGoth 🍊🦇🎃 (@ThatAuntZelda) October 9, 2017
This is a great start but also replace the HR department with people who take sexual harassment/assault seriously— ☀️ (@TonyHarley96) October 9, 2017
That's great and all but consider who you have running your HR department as well. they tried to sweep this under the rug. DONT FORGET!— Melissa Berne 🦋 (@YaGirlMelberne) October 9, 2017
"In August, DEFYs HR team was made aware of allegations made against Andy, at which time they were buried. On Friday, we did damage control"— Walt (@UberKryptonian) October 9, 2017
Pretty lengthy investigation if issues were known in August and we are in October.— James Kane (@jaskane) October 9, 2017
Got two words to say to Andy Signore pic.twitter.com/ztkPSmiSHH— Ryan Witalison (@Ryan_Witalison) October 9, 2017
Good. Now look into your HR department and terminate those who didn't do anything.— Flash4Ever84 (@Flash4Ever84) October 9, 2017
A good step forward towards a world where people can actually come forward and report these things without fear of more harassment.— oOoOoOoOoOo Scary (@hascerflef) October 9, 2017
But it probably should have been done when all these women first came forward (and not when it finally came to the media’s attention)
Claim responsibility for your part in it and apologize formally to the women that were brave enough to come out and those who couldn't.— Jeffy (@jjscrotus) October 9, 2017
Good first step. Now if something like this were to come to your attention in the future, what will you do differently?— Elizabeth Sudkamp (@domergal16) October 9, 2017
Do better next time.— Collin Llewellyn (@collinllewellyn) October 9, 2017
Had there not been such outrage and no victims coming out I doubt anything would have been done.— miketiger24TB (@miketiger24TB) October 9, 2017
Glad to see something was finally done but there is a lot of rebuilding and fixing to be done. Also a statement of apology as well.— Sarahhh 🤙 (@hipstertits) October 9, 2017
And have you also fired the HR people who covered for and protected him? If not, I would say your investigation is woefully incomplete, atm.— Ron Swanson (@jamesfpierce) October 9, 2017
Let's make it very clear a lot of us ain't going to keep supporting ya'll unless the HR department makes some changes. Fix your shit.— René Alfaro (@Solid_JoJonium) October 9, 2017
Peace out Andy. You always came across as someone who never cared too much about film anyway and you got what you deserved— KingLuchaNYC (@KingLuchaNYC) October 9, 2017
It took your HR department waaaay too long to take any real action, but I hope this helps the victims take a step toward closure.— Wade Kakoschke (@wadergo) October 9, 2017
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Good. Now replace your HR department with people who actually give a shit.— 🎃Gary Devenport🎃 (@Garebear__11) October 9, 2017