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American fascination with Rob Ford continues to grow

Posted by Derek Flack / November 14, 2013

Rob Ford TorontoOne of the corollaries of the continuing Rob Ford scandal has been a huge dose of American attention on Toronto and our beleaguered mayor. When Ford first admitted to crack cocaine use, the story made international news but also made its way into feature and op-ed sections in publications like The New York Times, Rolling Stone and Esquire. And then the late night talk shows had a field day with the story, with Jon Stewart taking a particular interest in our municipal leader. Rather than just a curiosity, Rob Ford has became something of a fascination for American audiences. And why not - how often do you hear about a mayor who smokes crack, admits to purchasing illegal drugs, and is alleged to drive drunk, utter racist remarks, verbally assault women and get absolutely shit-faced in public?

The latest round of attention comes in the form of continued coverage of the unfolding story as well as more humorous depictions of the Mayor and Toronto (and in some cases Canada). The New York Times, for instance, covered council's vote to ask Mayor Ford to step aside yesterday. Meanwhile on CNN there are 3500+ comments on yesterday's story tracking the disturbing new allegations contained in police documents. And the LA Times is just bewildered by it all. The Ford Motor Company's decision to distance itself formally from Rob Ford made Bloomberg, and Gawker has kept tabs on the Ford story since they started it. Even Fox News looks less than impressed with the mayor's escapades.

Beyond the news coverage, Vanity Fair got in on the action with a rather bizarre slideshow titled 10 of the World's Most Hideous Ties for Future Rob Ford Apology Press Conferences. Funny or Die did the stereotypical Canadians are polite thing in relation to yesterday's protest at City Hall, while satirical website The Daily Currant mocked that even Charlie Sheen is asking Rob Ford to step down on account of his excessive partying.

Oh, and in case you're not convinced that the Americans really are cultivating a perverse interest in the happenings at Toronto City Hall, The Onion pretty much confirms it here.

Share your American and International Rob Ford headlines in the comments section

Photo by Scott Snider.

Discussion

42 Comments

jeff / November 14, 2013 at 09:32 am
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So, he just said that some female staffer said Rob Ford "I want to eat your pussy"... he responded "I am happily married and I have enough to eat at home" or something to that effect.. wow
Sasha / November 14, 2013 at 09:44 am
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"LIKE" this post, let's make this go Viral!
Dave / November 14, 2013 at 09:52 am
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Of course Americans are interested in Robbie. Since being empowered by the former Bush admins white neo cons and racists and haters from all religious and racial backgrounds will find solace in the victimization of Ford Nation.
Skye / November 14, 2013 at 09:54 am
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Of course the Americans are fascinated. The "Canadians Are Excessively Polite Hosers" stereotype makes Rob Ford extra shocking to the U.S...a Canadian mayor behaving in such a very unCanadian fashion?! Shocking!
Lame / November 14, 2013 at 10:05 am
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Notwithstanding the drugs, hookers, dealers, drunk driving, the real problem here if you will is about Canadian values. And thank goodness. Those things, can maybe be forgiven, maybe not fit a mayor because, well, he's the mayor of the biggest CITY in the country! It's the lying, the bullying, the threatening, and the acting like Ford Nation is above the law. People have problems we get it, but these other character deficits are so severe that yes they're so far beyond behaviour unbecoming of a mayor it's a sick comedy. This lie that saving tax money somehow gives allowances for embarrassing Toronto at this magnitude is so arrogant. Run these losers back to Etobicoke and turn off the money tap and let Ecoke float it's own boat. If they love him so much let him be mayor of Etobicoke, not Toronto
real / November 14, 2013 at 10:12 am
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America is the fattest country on earth and not even this fat disgusting pig could become mayor in that country.

I wish Chris Christie was our mayor.
RobFurbie / November 14, 2013 at 10:21 am
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In response to reporters asking about police reports: Ford "be very careful what you write". Pardon, the mayor is threatening the columnists now? Are watching everyone Rob? Are we all under surveillance by the Nation? And what does what reporters write have to do with the police reports you say are lies?
This is scary / November 14, 2013 at 10:25 am
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Folks, hate to tell you but, this voting system had gotta go in it's current state. The majority of people who actually voted (and I say the system is bs) in Toronto did vote for this dude. So there's a problem there in that the system that empowers a guy and his family like this needs changing. There's also the fact that there's a few hundred thousand more middle age white nimrod right wingers in Etobicoke and Scarberia right behind this guy. Just like him.
Dave / November 14, 2013 at 10:31 am
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My name is Dave and Ford Nation from ECoke endorses my message. Rob Ford is not a racist. He has lots of friends who aren't white. They just happen to be Etobicoke drug kingpins. But they're good people with families and houses that Rob Nation pays the utilities for. Ford Nation approves this message. Iceberg Vodka.
UKview / November 14, 2013 at 10:34 am
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Not an American connection, but Eddie Izzard referenced the crack-smoking mayor countless times during his show last night at Massey Hall. He is fascinated by it all particularly because he plans to run for mayor of London in 2020. He can't believe what Ford admits to doing and the city's inability to boot him out of office for it.
(It's a great show by the way - Izzard's, not City Hall's.)
Jules / November 14, 2013 at 10:42 am
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None of the allegations detailed in the documents have been proven.
Dave / November 14, 2013 at 10:49 am
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My name is Dave and Ford Nation confirms that all allegations have been proven. Due to video evidence, sworn statements, public witnesses, public distaste for lies and deceit. My name is Dave and I am approved by Ford Nation. Iceberg Vodka
Dave / November 14, 2013 at 10:51 am
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Ford Nation confirms that all allegations are true because, mayor Fordio has admitted to them. This is an endorsed Ford Nation message, Iceberg Vodka.
douig / November 14, 2013 at 11:26 am
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Not sure if you quoted the Onion because you know they are a satirical or you actually think they are a legitimate news agency...
E. Toby Coke / November 14, 2013 at 11:27 am
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I bet the marketing people at Iceberg Vodka planned the whole thing!
RayRay / November 14, 2013 at 11:39 am
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Is this embarrassing or totally
"awesome eff yeah America?!" I can't tell.
Steven / November 14, 2013 at 11:44 am
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We should tell the americans about Wynne & McGuinty. They lost BILLIONS of dollars in the province of Ontario.

Ford has not lost a penny.
Conservatives against Ford / November 14, 2013 at 11:45 am
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What do you mean "EVEN" Fox News looks less than impressed?

There's nothing conservative about this lying, criminal underworld, thug. Nothing at all.
Dave / November 14, 2013 at 11:54 am
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It's all over now, even the neo cons are trying to distance themselves. No he's not conservative, like Bush he's a rich coke head.
Canaduh / November 14, 2013 at 12:01 pm
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This just confirms what the world already knew about Canada. It's a country full of idiots!
G. Urbanist / November 14, 2013 at 01:14 pm
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“No one in this world, so far as I know — and I have searched the records for years, and employed agents to help me — has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.” - H.L. Mencken

Mdot / November 14, 2013 at 01:28 pm
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No it just proves that he can still run a city successfully, I mean we would be the States and be in how much debt! Trillions? Oh wait and a government shut down? Thought so.
Dave / November 14, 2013 at 01:37 pm
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Hi my name is Dave I'm a designated endorsed figurehead for Ford Nation. We are very successful here. This is not about illegal activity, I'm denying the facts. Let's just focus on the story. It's about taxes, not honesty or integrity. It's about Iceberg Vodka and hoes and rails. My name is Dave and I approve this conservative message. Cola Rola.
iSkyscraper / November 14, 2013 at 01:45 pm
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Seth Myers just discussed Rob Ford on "Live with Kelly and Michael" and strongly hinted that Saturday Night Live will have some Rob Ford content this weekend..

iSkyscraper / November 14, 2013 at 01:48 pm
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And for a kind of meta-SNL preview, see this piece in Esquire with their best Chris Farley-as-Ford video:

http://www.esquire.com/blogs/news/rob-ford-chris-farley

iSkyscraper / November 14, 2013 at 02:34 pm
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Now Spirit Airlines is in on it:

http://t.co/sKwQwWxTNp
http://www.spirit.com/Default.aspx
http://marketing.spirit.com/traveldeals/air.php?s=1584&;mw=1
Dave / November 14, 2013 at 03:53 pm
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Hi my name is a Dave, I'm approved and deny all false Daves. Rob Ford wants to kill some left winger apparently in his tighty whiteys. He said in his video where he appeared agitated. I'd like to report the individual that nade him so angry. Ford Nation is watching. We are led by Robbie in his undies. I am an official endorsed member of Ford Nation in Good Standing. Iceberg Vodka, liquor and Poker
iSkyscraper / November 14, 2013 at 04:27 pm
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The best links are the US sports media, who can't get enough of Ford's bizarre football fixation:

http://ftw.usatoday.com/2013/11/rob-ford-football-argonauts-jersey/

Also, the real Charlie Sheen has now responded to the fake Charlie Sheen. Could this get any more meta?

http://www.mediaite.com/online/now-charlie-sheen%E2%80%99s-involved-in-the-rob-ford-mess-for-some-reason/
Gordy / November 14, 2013 at 06:01 pm
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"Coach Ford often came to the showers"

Now if you put the above complete with quotes in Google then you will see why Rob Ford's real problems are just beginning.
dan / November 14, 2013 at 07:21 pm
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Looks like the whole crack story is behind us now and we are no longer even talking about ford, but all the little side stories. Meanwhile fords support continues to rise.

guess its true better negative media attention, than no media attention at all
Dave / November 14, 2013 at 08:41 pm
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Hi my name is Dave, and I speak for Ford Nation. The Nation, the homeland, supports the use of crack cocaine, with zero tolerance. My name is Dave and I approve myself. False Daves will be prosecuted by a former prostitute. We proselytize. Iceberg Vodka. Liquor and Poker. Don Bosco, go Argos. Fritos go with lunch.
levy replying to a comment from Canaduh / November 15, 2013 at 03:15 pm
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shut up
levy replying to a comment from Canaduh / November 15, 2013 at 03:16 pm
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shut up to canaduh...you must be a fat american
levy / November 15, 2013 at 03:35 pm
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why its better to be canadian:
Life & well-being

1. We live longer: Canadians born today will live an average of three years longer than Americans (81 years in Canada versus 78.7 south of the border). Not only that, the gap between life expectancy in the two countries is widening with each passing decade—it was less than a year in the late 1970s.

2. We’re more satisfied with our lives: According to the Better Life Index, an international quality of life comparison by the OECD each year, Canadians enjoy a higher level of life satisfaction than Americans, scoring 7.4 out of 10, versus 7.0 in the U.S.

3. Saying “Sorry” is good for you: Canadians are mocked for always apologizing, but it’s not a character flaw. Saying sorry has been found to boost happiness and strengthen relationships. Researchers at the University of Waterloo even found apologizing to a cop when pulled over for speeding can get fines reduced an average of $51. True, scientists did recently claim that refusing to apologize for your actions leads to a sense of empowerment, but such short-sighted thinking would only appeal to self-centred Americans. (Sorry, that was mean.)


4. Our kids are all right: Canada’s schools take heat from all sides, but they must be doing something right. Our 15-year-olds routinely score in the top 10 of 65 countries that participate in the OECD’s reading, math and science tests. Last time around, in 2009, we were sixth, just behind Singapore and ahead of New Zealand. American teens? A lukewarm 17th. Ouch.

There’s more: (5) We have a lower rate of suicide (11.1 per 100,000 people, versus 12 in the U.S.), (6) a lower rate of infant mortality (5.1 per 1,000 live births, versus 6.1 in the U.S.), (7) and our health care costs per person are much lower (US$4,445 per capita in Canada, versus $8,233 in the U.S.). (8) New parents who work are better off (maternity-parental leave in Canada is 50 weeks, versus just 12 unpaid weeks in the U.S.). (9) More of our marriages last: For every 1,000 population in the U.S., 3.6 marriages end in divorce annually, compared to 2.1 in Canada. (10) Poor kids are more likely to attend university or college here: By age 19 to 21 roughly 54 per cent of Canadian youth from low-income families are enrolled in post-secondary education, compared to just 30 per cent of the poorest youth in America. (11) We’re less prudish: An Angus Reid poll found 83 per cent of Canadians believe sex between an unmarried man and woman is acceptable, versus just 59 per cent of Americans.

12. We’re better educated: 48.3 per cent of Canadians have a post-secondary degree, compared to 40.3 per cent in the U.S.

13. We’re fitter: The percentage of American adults who are obese is 35.9. In Canada, it’s 24.2.

14. We have more sex: According to a survey by condom-maker Durex, 59 per cent of Canadians say they have sex weekly, versus 53 per cent of Americans.

15. We drink less: Our alcohol consumption is 8.2 litres a year, compared to 8.7 in the U.S.

16. We’re richer: Canada’s average household net worth of $363,000 is higher than America’s, at $320,000.

17. We accept homosexuality: 80 per cent of Canadians say society should accept gays and lesbians, versus 60 per cent in the U.S.

18. More of us give to charities: Roughly 64 per cent of Canadians donate money to charities, compared to 60 per cent in the U.S.

19. We have better work-life balance: More than 11 per cent of U.S. employees regularly clock 50-hour workweeks, compared to 3.9 per cent here.

20. We brave the cold better: Our climate is colder and our population smaller, but relatively fewer of us succumb to the cold. Where Canada has 5,644 excess winter deaths (relative to average non-winter deaths), the U.S. sees 108,500.

21. We live in bigger houses: We have 2.6 rooms per person in Canada, versus 2.3 in the U.S.

Money & work

22. Canada has greater economic freedom: So says the U.S.-based Heritage Foundation Index of Economic Freedom. Canada scores 6th place, while America comes in 10th. Credit our sounder public finances.

23. We have less income disparity: While the gap between rich and poor has become more marked in both countries, it’s more like a canyon in the U.S. Between 1966 and 2011, the average inflation-adjusted income of the bottom 90 per cent of American workers grew by a negligible $59. Meanwhile, the income of the top 10 per cent of workers soared by $116,071. Among OECD countries ranked for worst income disparity, the U.S takes fourth place, behind only Chile, Mexico and Turkey. Canada comes in 12th out of 34 nations.

24. Our young workers are doing better: Yes, Canada has a lower unemployment rate than the U.S., but while the overall gap is narrowing, young workers here are more likely to find work. Canada’s youth unemployment rate is 13.5 per cent, compared to 16.8 per cent in the States.

25. Our banks are better: Earlier this year Bloomberg ranked the world’s strongest banks. Four of the top 10 were Canadian, and all scored higher than the top U.S. bank, Citigroup, which came in 9th.

26. We have more social mobility: If you want to live the American Dream, move to Canada. Social mobility, measured by intergenerational changes in income between sons and their fathers, is twice as high in Canada as in the U.S. In other words, a son born to a poor father in the U.S. is twice as likely to remain poor throughout his life than had he been born in Canada.

levy / November 15, 2013 at 03:37 pm
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so go to hell canaduh above
Graeme / November 16, 2013 at 10:33 am
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Proud Torontonian, as a mayor he is doing everything he said he would to date, he's a normal guy who ran for mayor that leads a rough around the edge lifestyle that most don't agree with. Though he may not be setting the best examples with his choices never the less he is doing his job and doing it well, speaking personally I would rather have that kind of person as my mayor rather than a politician who hides his lifestyle from public and lies to get a vote
Greg / November 20, 2013 at 03:11 am
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Why such a bid deal? We Americans didn't make as big a stink when Washington D.C. mayor got caught on video smoking crack with a prostitute in a hotel.
king crack in a hotel roowith a prostitute. W
greg / November 20, 2013 at 03:16 am
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And he was re elected! Oh yeah, forgot iur's was black therefore untouchable; Our White Guilt of course.
greg / November 20, 2013 at 03:24 am
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Levy. Not all Americans are arrogant pigs as seen on Fox made up news. When the idiots called for a bycott of French productd, I bought more and when rhey called to boycott Canada I started buyibg fron Canada ionline.
Barry Mortin / November 20, 2013 at 09:21 am
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