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Toronto, What were You Thinking

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This from: http://www.joeydevilla.com/2011/10/27/im-rob-fucking-ford-or-the-mayor-the-ambush-and-the-911-call/

Toronto, Ontario is the largest city in Canada. Its’ mayor is Rob Ford. About a year ago, a Toronto weekly newspaper called “The Grid” did a pretty good job of summarizing what the city would be like if Rob Ford became the mayor. He did, and they were right:

Wait, you say the mayoral frontrunner is an uncouth, simple-minded loudmouth with a notoriously bad temper and a penchant for saying absolutely the wrong thing? And he wants to rip up streetcar tracks, slash city spending and dismantle service infrastructure? And to top it all off, he has a demonstrated inability to get anyone on council to work with him? Where do we sign up? Seriously, though: the best-case scenario with Ford is that he can’t accomplish anything. Worst-case, he ruins the city entirely.

Well, they did miss one thing. He became pure gold for bloggers and comedy writers.

Now, to continue to put this story together, there is a comedy program in Canada called “This hour has 22 Minutes” which is fake news in the spirit of Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update. One of the cast members is one Mary Walsh dressed up as Xena, Warrior Princes. She does ambush interviews  under the name of Marg Delahuty and has become a legend in Canadian political circles.

Xena

So, one morning the “22 Minutes” crew with Xena: Princess Warrior showed up at the end of Rob Ford’s driveway to do an interview. It is reported that Mayor Ford (officially, he is called “Your Worship” – even if it is Rob Ford) had gone along with the beginning but then seemingly got confused and ran into the house to dial 911. I personally would not have called this a life-threatening emergency — but that’s me.

Now, the comedy continues. Rob Ford, the honorable mayor, told the dispatcher, “You … bitches! Don’t you fucking know? I’m Rob “fucking” Ford, the mayor of this city!” Wow! what a middle name.

He was interviewed later and claims that he never used the word “bitch” but the lying tape seems to feel that he did. He also claimed that it was dark and he feared for his family. The video tape shows that it was quite light out.

According to an interview with Mary Walsh (Xena) on the Toronto Star:  She has ambushed legions of Canadian politicians, usually dishing out humorous advice or criticism. But she’s never had a reaction like Ford’s, she said.

“It was a shock to me,” she said. “It was just in good fun, really. I was just going to say that us big loudmouthed buffoons should stick together.”

Walsh said Ford seemed jovial at first: he “sort of smiled” when she first called out to him, but said he had to get to work.

“I came up all the way from Newfoundland to talk to you,” she told him.

When he got into his van and tried to close the door, it was clear he wasn’t in on the joke.

“He obviously was not going to listen to any advice I had . . . or have anything to do with us whatsoever.”

Ford also told reporters he heard Walsh yelling “We’ve got you Rob Ford, we got you,’ which Walsh contends she didn’t say.

“I just said, “Mayor Ford, it’s me, Marg Delahunty!’ which is what I always say when I’m ambushing people.”

22 Minutes executive producer Peter McBain said the crew decided en route to the mayor’s house they would only approach him if he was alone.

The show first reached out to Ford in mid-August hoping to book him for an appearance. His office never agreed, McBain said.

“We felt like this was the best way to get a chance to talk to Mayor Ford.”

Walsh said the crew went to City Hall later that morning to seek out the mayor again. Instead they ran into his brother, Councillor Doug Ford, who seemed to know who Walsh was and played along with the act.

The CBC received less than a dozen complaints about the incident with the mayor, spokesperson Chris Ball said. The segment has since aired .

RobFord

Catchy poster. Impressive what you can do with Photoshop.

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