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Ford takes to YouTube to say don't call him a celebrity

Posted by Chris Bateman / February 27, 2014

Rob Ford celebrityRob Ford says don't call him an celebrity in the latest batch of Ford Nation YouTube videos just posted online today. The pair were answering a question from a viewer who asked how Rob Ford juggles being a politician and an international celebrity.

"I'm just an average, hard-working guy that goes to work every day, comes home to their family, takes my kids out, supports my wife and family, and does whatever I can," he said. "That's what normal fathers do."

The pair also discussed Doug Ford's controversial plan for the Port Lands, which included a monorail, mega-mall, and a boat-in hotel. Ford announced the idea in 2011, saying Waterfront Toronto, an agency charged with revitalizing the city's lakefront lands with money from Ottawa, Queen's Park, and the city, wasn't doing a good enough job.

"We have a great waterfront, the problem is we don't have anyone running the waterfront," Doug Ford said today. He said Waterfront Toronto had "wasted over a billion dollars" on projects like Sugar Beach, which he called "a concrete beach with some aluminum umbrellas."

Doug Ford called city councillors who don't visit Toronto Community Housing "poverty pimps."

"If the late night shows want to make fun of me, that's their job, let them make fun of me," Rob Ford said near the end of a video called "Ready for Late Night."

"They're also calling every night to get you on, by the way," said Doug. "They're doing everything they can, calling me every night, and you know something, we might go on one of them."

"I'm going to be going on a plane going somewhere, you just set it up," Rob said.

Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.



Taxpayer / February 27, 2014 at 12:25 pm
"I'm just an average, hard-working guy that goes to work every day, comes home to their family, takes my kids out, supports my wife and family, and does whatever I can," he said. "That's what normal fathers do."


"I'm just an average guy who likes to tie one on regularly and show up late for work, beat my wife but pay her off once a year. That's what my idea of normal is."
mike in parkdale / February 27, 2014 at 12:25 pm
He just proved that he uses "a billion" as a poetic exaggeration, not as an actual figure. Did WaterFront Toronto waste the exact same amount that he claims to have saved us?
Poopdawg / February 27, 2014 at 12:37 pm
Dofo is still pissed at Waterfront Toronto because his dumb ass idea for monorail and a giant ferris wheel never got the green light.
Todd Toronto / February 27, 2014 at 12:38 pm
One the one hand, Rob Ford.

On the other hand, Giorgio Mammoliti was mentioned on "Late Night with Seth Meyers" last night, city council meetings are being discussed on CNN and late night comedy shows and people around the world genuinely care about what's going on at Toronto City Hall. It's for all the wrong reasons and it's completely surreal, but still. It's happening.

Rob Ford has not been a good Mayor at all, but I have to be honest - part of me will miss all the attention come November.
Fabuloso Basso / February 27, 2014 at 12:45 pm
Word around Toronto City Hall is doug ford and rob ford are really nervous Toronto police may be laying charges sooner against rob for his part in that whole lisi fiasco.

rob and doug are bullies: when a bully is confronted with the impending truth of facing serious prison time, they either run, or pick-up a shank and get ready to fight. sadly rob is a teddy-bear deep down. He attacks camera lenses and maybe bags of mcdonalds or kfc. doug on the other hand is possibly a psycopath. he will egg on Chief Blair in hopes police slip up. doug is itching to claim "self-defense". This is a classic old-school Toronto thug ploy. People like doug are called "punks". And in prison, he'd be called something else, which rhymes with "witch". Blair deserves a medal of the year for acting like a man and not letting a punk youth like doug get to him. Two cheers for Blair: Hip hip hooray!
pfft / February 27, 2014 at 12:50 pm
Jacob / February 27, 2014 at 12:50 pm
Shia LaBeouf isn't a celebrity either. Maybe they can hang out sometime.
pfft / February 27, 2014 at 12:57 pm
more denying reality. He is not the little guy. He was born into a wealthy empire to a high status politician father. He got elected by giving free hot dogs to poor people and became an international celebrity by being a crack smoker who runs the biggest city in canada. You don't want to be a celebrity say that but don't say that you are simply not one because that is just another lie. Now that Tory is in the race and all of Ford's previous backers are behind Tory the strategy is to pretend he is david to tory's goliath. him being an international celebrity doesn't fit that picture. unfortunately the slows who support this guy will actually buy that he isn't a celebrity if he says he isn't
LL_COOL_ROB / February 27, 2014 at 01:00 pm
Don't call it a comeback
I been here for years
Rockin my peers and puttin suckas in fear
Rob R. / February 27, 2014 at 01:15 pm
Last I saw 'embarrassment' was not pronounced or spelled 'celebrity'.
Khristopher / February 27, 2014 at 01:25 pm
Sugar Beach is concrete? Weird. Last time I was there, there was sand and a beautiful backdrop fronted by the harbour. Waterfront Toronto has done an amazing job over the past couple of years with our waterfront. Doing more than anyone else has ever. And with Queen's Quay revitalization coming, it's going to be amazing. Rob Ford, you are such an idiot.
totes! replying to a comment from Fabuloso Basso / February 27, 2014 at 01:36 pm
Fabuloso called it...

Rob Ford will turtle, but can you imagine the ragey/insane-o response DoFo is gonna lay down when the sh#t hits the fan and he's looking at some serious charges? The air in Toronto will turn blue.
W. K. Lis / February 27, 2014 at 02:25 pm
Look at Rob Ford's record.

Police record.
in the words of the Simpsons... / February 27, 2014 at 02:54 pm
Irwin Mimico's Ghost / February 27, 2014 at 02:57 pm
Hmpmmph!!...why Can't Rob Ford make some mistakes? He returned my call about the cement plant! Nobody has EVER returned my call!
iSkyscraper / February 27, 2014 at 03:46 pm
Where do the Fords think going off on these rants will get them votes? Attacking the police generally not a good strategy for attracting low-IQ conservative working class votes. Maybe they are just playing pre-arrest defence.

Regarding Ford's recent talking points:

a) Yes, you are a freak show. People want their picture taken with you because you are Lindsay Lohan/Justin Bieber, not because they think you are the living reincarnation of perfect municipal governance.

b) You fucking ass. Sugar Beach, HtO Park and the upcoming Whiskey Beach are award-winning, highly-influential spaces that have pioneered a stellar North American version of the European urban beach, and have since been exported to Montreal, New York and elsewhere. They are the one thing the waterfront got exactly right and to attack them is to attack good design. What, should Sugar Beach have been a parking lot for Etobicoke SUV's instead? Yes, Toronto's waterfront is not the Burnham Plan but they are making progress. (Note - If you would agree to tear down the Gardiner and install more streetcars it would really take off.)

c) Jimmy Fallon and Seth Myers both did Rob Ford jokes in their monologues in their opening shows! You could not be more of a late night joke than Rob Ford at the moment. Even when there is no news they just go back and pull something out to get a chuckle. This situation is not indicative of great leadership. I wish Rob actually would "get on a plane" to go to one of these shows because Jon Stewart, Colbert or Letterman would absolutely shred him to pieces. It would be legendary, Madonna-walkout kind of stuff. Stick to softball morning-show questions from Lauer, Rob, and let Robyn handle late night if you have any brains left in your alcohol-riddled head.
Josh / February 27, 2014 at 03:57 pm
The best part is listening Rob's heavy breath, breathing into the mic while Doug speaks...
NotThatDave / February 27, 2014 at 03:58 pm
Does Rob not realize the SRT IS a kind of monorail. D'oh!
Ibere / February 27, 2014 at 04:15 pm
I recently moved to Toronto, so maybe that's why, but I don't get Sugar Beach... it's just a giant sandbox, how can you even call it a beach when there's no access to the water?
andrewS replying to a comment from Ibere / February 27, 2014 at 04:29 pm
Unfortunately, they're not allowed to have a real beach in there, since it's an active shipping lane. The water quality is also a bit of a problem since a large proportion of the city's runoff ends up there, and it's cut off from the lake currents by the Islands.

Not sure why Rob'n'Doug think this is an effective political tool. Not a lot of people are actually watching, and I would imagine many that are are not supporters.
Holy Thundering Jesus / February 27, 2014 at 05:57 pm
RoFo nobody thinks you're a celeb, you're just a crack junkie.
CG / February 27, 2014 at 07:29 pm
Just a few more months of this trash talk and then they will hopefully both disappear from public consciousness forever.
TerryM / February 27, 2014 at 07:35 pm
Ifd Rob isn't a celeb then why are you on here commenting about him you stupid fucks. You've fallen right into his trap.
Jane Doe / February 27, 2014 at 07:42 pm
He sure signs a lot of autographs for someone who doesn't want to be a celebrity.
Roddy / February 28, 2014 at 01:03 am
So far Rob Ford is the best candidate! I want someone better and more accountible.
Mae / February 28, 2014 at 08:52 am
What the fuck is a sentient creature? Youre clearly part of the elitist problem and not part of the solution....
Irwin Mimico's Ghost / February 28, 2014 at 11:16 am
Someone who can think. Are you a member of Feces Nation? Don.t worry, you're not sentient.
Irwin Mimico's Ghost / February 28, 2014 at 11:40 am
Rob Ford says, "Don't call me a celebrity or drug user or a liar or a drunk driver or...too early in the morning!
RoDoFo / February 28, 2014 at 03:12 pm
It took me longer than it should have to realize Rob Ford THRIVES on being a celebrity. While most of us would be cringing and hiding in the basement over similar gaffs, Rob sucks up the attention since he has zero shame. He's the class clown from money.
Mae / February 28, 2014 at 03:42 pm
A great mayor will be there for those that are sentient and those that are not. A mayor that will focus on sentient only is an elitist asshole that does not represent the 99%.
raffiG / February 28, 2014 at 03:43 pm
Judge Rob for his record not his personal life.
RoDoFo replying to a comment from raffiG / February 28, 2014 at 04:01 pm
Great, except his record sucks (his actual record vs. what he claims he's done).
Mae is pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty.... / February 28, 2014 at 10:02 pm
...funny!...and sentient, after all. Probably a Tory or Chow voter hiding behind non-sentience.
Ford is a Mardi Gras float! / March 1, 2014 at 12:22 pm
Ok, ok, I can't stand it. Blogto,, I need a float close up! If ut's gloriously funny, I may HAVE to vote for Ford, the air-filled parade float. How about you Irwin...I mean, no cement, but...glorious humour!
Robnotcelebrity FatFuckFord / March 2, 2014 at 11:10 am
@ Oscars, on Kimmel - not a celeb, just a freakshow!
Rob - get out yer dictionary! / March 2, 2014 at 03:01 pm
Look up 'infamous'. You are not a celebrity, but you are infamous.
Joseph / March 6, 2014 at 06:48 pm
Let me wrap it up for you folks. The last 3 1/4 years for The Honourable Rob Ford have been filled with hate, personal attacks and slander in the media and the oppositions part. Many jokes have been made regarding his weight. These are automatically viewed as OK because it is attacking Mr. Ford. If he had been Gay, a woman or a visible minority, he would have all kinds of support by one, or more specialty interest groups. There are millions of people struggling with weight issues, and these jokes are not funny. Because he is a overweight middle aged white man, many people find it amusing to attack his physical appearance. Ford supporters have to make a stand to not sit idly by and let these ignorant people make these fat jokes, totally ridiculous.

Also, many many many people keep referring to Mr Ford as a crack addict. Learn how to use your words properly. From whatever has been mentioned in the media (what the public knows) he tried crack once, so until there are multiple occurrences, people hiding behind monitors, should stop using that term in this case.

Here is the definition for all the people that obviously don't know what an addict is!


ad·dict [n. ad-ikt; v. uh-dikt] Show IPA
a person who is addicted to an activity, habit, or substance: a drug addict.
verb (used with object)
to cause to become physiologically or psychologically dependent on an addictive substance, as alcohol or a narcotic.
to habituate or abandon (oneself) to something compulsively or obsessively: a writer addicted to the use of high-flown language; children addicted to video games.

As a Torontonian, taxpayer and citizen, I see, even in the constant barrage of attacks, sticks to what he has been saying from the very beginning. Respect the taxpayer.

It ALL stems from this video:

As soon as this video was released the attacks began, and have not subsided.

I know will be attacked for sharing my view, but I rest comfortably knowing he will win again. Ford More years!. I am not a paid worker at Deco, or at Ford Nation.
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