Let me preface this by saying that the above photo of Peter Griffin (from Family Guy) is an accurate depiction of our mayor. Don't believe me?
Lately, Ford has been under a lot of hot water. Alright, alright, Ford is generally under a lot of hot water. Here's a list of some criticism against him:
- Ford was caught reading while driving, which is both stupid and dangerous. His response was that he's "busy." He also refused to hire a driver.
- Ford was caught talking on his cellphone while driving: again (which is illegal in Toronto). The first time he was caught talking on his cellphone while driving, he was accused of giving a mother the middle finger when she told him to get off the phone. Her six-year-old daughter was there to witness Ford's stumpy finger.
- Before he was mayor, he was arrested in Miami, Florida for a DUI and possession of marijuana.
- Ford denied being removed from a Toronto Maple Leafs game for being drunk and belligerent but later admitted to lying to media about drunk outburst.
Something in that list that is interesting to note is that Ford admitted to lying to the media. Which is exactly what he did yesterday.
Back in May 2013, U.S. gossip site Gawker announced that they had obtained a video of Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine. Ford adamantly denied this claim and added that such a video did not exist. Last Thursday, police chief Bill Blair stated they had obtained said video, yet Ford continued to deny allegations of him smoking crack cocaine.
Yesterday, he made a confession that made headlines around the world:
"Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine."
"I don't even remember. Probably in one of my drunken stupors," Ford responded.
I don't need to go into detail of the public's response to this as that's quite obvious. Now hilarious t-shirts and memes are taking over the internet (such as these):
So what do I want to say about this is? To anyone outside of Toronto who has heard about Ford, don't let his actions negatively impact your thoughts about this city. Toronto truly is an amazing city and I'm proud to call it my home.
Has your mayor done anything he/she shouldn't have?