Rob Ford Video Hits

cityhallStop the presses. There's late-breaking news from Toronto's City Hall. Rob Ford took offence to something he thought Globe & Mail reporter John Barber said. Apparently, and it's hard to tell from this video, not that it justifies another embarrassing Ford outburst, John Barber called Rob Ford a "fat f*ck".

Here's the video that will go totally viral today in the 416.

I'm not a Rob Ford fan, and I've said as much in this space on numerous occasions, but I totally gave the guy a free pass when he was arrested by Toronto police last week and charged with assault and threatening death. I think I'll just leave the last word to Toronto Life's Philip Preville.

Schadenford: The arrest of Rob Ford, city hall hoser

Poor Rob Ford. If only he’d slept beside a machine all his life like those Orientals from the Orient, he probably wouldn’t be in this pickle. As you surely know by now, Ford was arrested Wednesday on charges of assault and threatening death in a domestic dispute involving his wife. When you heard the news, did you have that weird paradoxical reaction of being simultaneously surprised and not surprised? Shocked and blasé? You know, the kind of vaguely self-aware reaction that would make for a passable media studies paper or maybe, if you’re Lynn Crosbie, another tortured column in the Globe? Because when you think about it, didn’t the latest circus seem inevitable?

I mean, just look at him, right? Here’s a guy who is as unenlightened a hoser as you’ll ever find. Once, at a Leafs game (typical), he got drunk (typical) and belligerent (same), and then made fun of the Green Party (predictable) and Iranians (predictable, and also crass). He opposes speed bumps, and he once said that when cyclists get killed “it’s their own fault.” He has called Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti “Gino-boy,” made some comments about gays and AIDS that were so 1989, and said that “Oriental people work like dogs” and “are slowly taking over.” (He apologized to both Mammoliti and his Asian overlords. The LGBT crowd is still waiting.)

Perhaps, in a meta-analysis kind of way, you considered it some form of poetic justice that someone who has so frequently made recourse to ethnic and cultural stereotypes should himself come to symbolize the worst clichés of his own type—that the fat, white, insensitive, car-commuting suburban conservative WASP should end up being arrested for allegedly abusing his wife. And there’s the rub: if that’s what you’re thinking, then you are engaging in some pretty offensive ethnic caricature, which means you are no better than Rob Ford. Schadenfreude is such a guilty pleasure.

Meanwhile, if you can see past the prejudice, it’s clear that Rob Ford should not resign from council. Ford’s lawyer, Dennis Morris, points out that Ford was given custody of the kids despite the charges. Yesterday morning, AM640 broke the news that Ford had called the police the day before his arrest, to complain about his wife’s irrational behaviour. In other words, the known details of the case don’t conform to type at all. It’s messy and could get messier still. For the moment, the only conclusion to be drawn is that some serious marital difficulties are unfolding in the Ford household—not something to ever wish upon anyone.

Here's more schadenfreude.


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Argie

Only a politically correct, overly sensitive tree hugger lefty like Preville could get excited about Rob Ford’s misfortunes. What a shocker that he lives in Riverdale. He may loud and obnoxious at times but no councilor in this city works as hard and accomplishes as much as Ford does. Without him the city would be in even further financial crap that it currently is in.

March 31, 2008 @ 12:19 PM

Andrew

I didn't get that at all from the piece. I thought Preville was saying not to judge Ford and make comments as you would be making the same stereotypes and stupid comments that Ford makes.

I think Ford probably got a bum rush on this one (the arrest). But his attitude is what gets him into trouble sometimes. I wasn't at his house and don't know what occurred. I just know that Rob Ford says and does some stupid stupid things. But I do like him at Miller's throat.

March 31, 2008 @ 1:00 PM

A.R.

It's too sad that Argie just did what Preville advocated not to do. He dismissed Preville's defense of Ford because of some stupid stereotypes he has.

On Ford: it's great that he's a hard worker, but we need people who can make rational choices on council such as a ban on pesticides or bike lanes. So he works hard, other councillors do too. I recall that he supported Mike Harris, who wasn't a good friend of cities.

March 31, 2008 @ 5:55 PM

Toronto Mike

Just to give the above video a little context, it's not fresh, it's just fresh to the web. Ford's hissy fit above is at least a few years old.

March 31, 2008 @ 7:46 PM

Anonymous

I'd like to say thank you to Mr.Ford who gave me an 8% tip recently.

He is completely out of touch with his constituents and is very,very cheap.

March 29, 2009 @ 6:52 AM

scott

Maybe the 8% tip was for poor service? We don't know because we were not there! As for him being out of touch with his constituents I think you are the one who is out of touch, this guy whether you like him or not has won because of the mere fact that he is in touch with the taxpayers. Ask the man who's son is a quadriplegic and could get proper transportation to the hospital, after one phone to Fords office a wheel trans was at his front door within 10 minutes. Did I mention the taxpayer was not even in his riding? Like him or hate him Ford does work hard to help and take care of everyone in this city. I have also heard from a friend who met Ford last week that in his inner circle there are gay men that work for him and his campaign. So maybe he isn't what the media tries to make him out to be.

October 26, 2010 @ 9:56 AM

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