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Rob Ford shows off his Jamaican patois once again

Posted by Derek Flack / April 4, 2014

Ford Nation videosA new set of Ford Nation videos has been released today. And while much of goes on in the short clips is just promotional-speak designed to prove just how many people love and support Rob Ford, there are occasionally moments when the inane chatter takes on the semblance of something interesting.

There's the moment, for instance, when Rob Ford brings back his Jamaican patios in response to a fan letter (2:05 mark). He only does it briefly, but the devious look on his face is rather priceless -- and possibly problematic if you think the adoption of such an accent crosses the line of cultural appropriation. Doug Ford sure as hell seems worried about it, as he shuts his brother up with a couple of "OKs" and shoots a worried look at a producer off-camera.

Other highlights include a particularly befuddled conversation about American migration patterns. This would just be head-shaking nonsense if it weren't for the fact that it underscores a crucial way of thinking for Rob Ford. Almost everyone he's met in the US was born in a different city than the one in which they reside, which he notes is different from his experience of remaining in one city for most of his life. Out of this personal narrative, the brothers confidently postulate some fundamental difference between culture and economics of the two countries without reference to a statistic or any additional evidence.

This, of course, is the exact same logic that informs the practice of reading out a handful of fan letters and proclaiming that the world loves For Nation. It's also how stereotypes tend to take shape. So maybe these Ford Nation videos are interesting after all.



McRib / April 4, 2014 at 09:32 am
can Doug read above a grade 1 level?
Go away / April 4, 2014 at 09:35 am
can these bumbling idiots just disappear already
Nice suit / April 4, 2014 at 09:36 am
Does Robby Ford only own one suit?
Safety comes first. / April 4, 2014 at 09:43 am
That's an innocent man right there!

Good to have you back in the game Rob. All these mayoral candidates who's main strategy was that you wouldn't be in it for the long haul and they'd have an easy win....WRONG!
#Ford2Win / April 4, 2014 at 09:44 am
Robbie's good to go!

Join Ford Nation for the Rob Ford re-election campaign kick off
April 17th, 6:30pm 650 Dixon Road

Show support, show love, Ford more years
Tim / April 4, 2014 at 09:59 am
It looks like Rob's asleep in the video.
jd / April 4, 2014 at 10:02 am
Hmm...Do you think Safety Comes First and #Ford2Win are the same person?
Gabriella replying to a comment from jd / April 4, 2014 at 10:08 am
doesn't really matter to me, I don't try and figure those things out or you'll go crazy. What's important here is the content, the medium is the message, not who or why.
Blob Ford / April 4, 2014 at 10:16 am
Ugh, will this nightmare ever end?? After these 2 are out of the public eye, I hope they crawl under a rock and rot. Time for the circus we call a mayor to move on to its next location. DOWN WITH FORD NATION!!! Hurry up election so we can be rid of this crap..
Wit Dickman / April 4, 2014 at 10:38 am
F%^K these two idiots.

Just another bunch of rich assholes pandering to the poor in society.
duder replying to a comment from #Ford2Win / April 4, 2014 at 10:38 am
Couldn't agree more! Show your support for this loveable liar! Crack use and gangbanging buddies forever! Man of the people! Billion dollars! SUBWAYS!!! All you latte-sipping, bearded lefties go smoke some pot!
Nick / April 4, 2014 at 10:48 am
Can he stop saying he's never missed a day of work in 14 years? He's missed numerous days this year alone.
Happy to see so many of these "letters" are not from Toronto, and are therefore meaningless in regards to the upcoming election. Send him all the love you want from Niagara Falls, San Francisco, Jamaica and beyond, as long as none of it is from Toronto voters.
Quality is job 1 / April 4, 2014 at 10:49 am
Way to go Chief Blair hand the case off to the OPP so they can see that you've been up to NOTHING!

ROB FOR: "I just want to thank the OPP for doing a proper investigation."

Rob Ford crack investigation: OPP, Toronto police at odds
Drew replying to a comment from Quality is job 1 / April 4, 2014 at 10:50 am
I guess the OPP is smart enough to not waste time and tax payers dollars on this non-sense, they're going to get back to real policing.
SlimKid / April 4, 2014 at 10:54 am
Just going back in time to March 5th when everyone was screaming he's so done...its over the end is near.....NOPE

Click link below to travel back to March 5th, 2014

OPP to oversee investigation into Rob Ford
1000% racist / April 4, 2014 at 11:03 am
This man will buy drugs from the black man, but he won't show him any respect.

Anyone But Ford...let's DUMP this clueless, entitled rich bozo.
ROB FORD ON CRACK / April 4, 2014 at 11:08 am
Derek,you guys are clearly obsessed with this man. What will you do if he loses? No more fun,no more page hits. Olivia is a boring milquetoast.
Shirley / April 4, 2014 at 11:16 am
I'm back in baby's arms
How I missed those lovin' arms
I'm back where I belong
Back in baby's arms

Back in baby's arms
Back in baby's arms
Candice / April 4, 2014 at 11:21 am
The Chief of Finance didn't let him spend a billion dollars. So in reality, if the Chief of Finance didn't stop Ford, he would have been over budget by a billion dollars. It's like every day I stay $15,000 out of debt by not maxing out our line of credit.
TheRealneas / April 4, 2014 at 11:43 am

Better start focusing on your own candidates, their policies and public appearance. Ford is in it to win iit for the long haul, winning by Ford not making it to the end of the race is no longer an option. Get it tight get it down.
Zach Swan / April 4, 2014 at 12:04 pm
I love Rob Ford!

Sure, part of that is because he has been a million times better for the tax payer than the tax and spend disaster David Miller, but mainly? It is entertaining as hell to see all you social media whiners completely losing your sh!t every single day. Some of you are quite obviously losing the plot and going in sane, such is the intensity of your uncontrolled rage. You all need to take a valium or you'll end up on the pipe too.
Randal replying to a comment from Candice / April 4, 2014 at 12:35 pm
YEs the same as Chows claim of a balanced budget. For decades, provincial law has required Toronto to balance its budgets, so those budgets would have been balanced whether or not Chow was around.
rob ford / April 4, 2014 at 12:35 pm
Just pissed myself - again!
steve replying to a comment from Zach Swan / April 4, 2014 at 12:40 pm
Can you please explain what disaster occurred under David Miller? How you concluded tax and spend is a bad thing, is that not what taxes are collected for to spend? If your not spending money collected who is getting it?
TheRealnerd replying to a comment from TheRealneas / April 4, 2014 at 12:51 pm
I'm simplistic, I reduce everything to left and right, the world is black and white, fine-grain issues are for tall foreheads, all people can be lumped into two groups...

Sound familiar?

Does it make you feel superior to everyone else knowing that you're right and all others are wrong? Do you ever stop to question that maybe you aren't always right? Do you ever stop to question anything, period??

Curious, this. I'm intrigued by your reply.
loper / April 4, 2014 at 12:52 pm
BLOGTO, your NOAH ad plays video and sound when opening the page. I guess because it says 'click for sound' it's not supposed to do that but it's VERY ANNOYING. Please fix.
TheRealness replying to a comment from TheRealnerd / April 4, 2014 at 01:04 pm
I know it can be hard to accept but just take the advice/wake up call for what it is. I left you a with a pearl wisdom its up to you should you choose to accept. It's not how much you know, its what you do with what you know.
WTF / April 4, 2014 at 01:11 pm
IO know we only want to talk Ford but there are other candidates. Here's what some of the others have been up to recently,

Olivia Chow goes to international media to shame Rob Ford

Downtown relief line should not be an election issue, Olivia Chow says

John Tory introduces his 10 commandments for being mayor

John Tory’s 'code of conduct’ policy appears to slam Rob Ford

Karen Stintz vows to ‘collapse’ TTC into umbrella agency to tackle congestion

ABC / April 4, 2014 at 01:13 pm
ABC: #AnythingButChow
TheRealnerd replying to a comment from TheRealness / April 4, 2014 at 01:19 pm
I thought you'd say something like that.

Well...someday you'll clue into things. Don't fret, it'll happen. Until then, I sincerely hope the only person you hurt is yourself. You're the kind of person whose life is probably littered with people you either hurt and don't realize, or hurt and don't care. And karma's sneaky when it eventually flows back to you, and it's a fun silver lining to think about when reading posts from folks like you.

steve replying to a comment from Zach Swan / April 4, 2014 at 01:25 pm
Hey Zach...STILL waiting to hear back from you.

Or does your Momma still carry your balls for you in her handbag??
theRealness replying to a comment from TheRealnerd / April 4, 2014 at 01:54 pm
How did my initial comment above hurt anyone? I simply stated all the lefties on here that are focused on Ford should start seriously focusing on their own candidates now and spend less time focused on Ford.

Too does
Zach Swan replying to a comment from steve / April 4, 2014 at 02:10 pm
Silly boy Stevo. The issue is, he spent too much on bad choices. David Miller was a complete financial disaster for the city of Toronto and its citizens. He skulked out of office before he could be tossed out. During Miller's mayoralty, he managed to increase operating budget spending by 44% and capital budget by 250%. He increased Toronto's net debt by 176%. As a result, Toronto has to pay over $400,000,000/yr just to service this debt. On top of that, he jacked us with yearly tax increases over the cost of inflation, buggered us with unfair levy's and other new taxes and only survived on his lunatic shopping spree path because he raided the cities reserves and counted on handouts from other level of governments. He was such a financial disaster that the citizens of Toronto elected Rob Ford to fix the mess that 7 years of Miller left the city in.

Had Miller not been such a disaster, this city would likely never
have even considered electing the mayor we've had to endure the past three years. Ford was Miller's fault.

That pretty much sums it up.
Evan replying to a comment from Nice suit / April 4, 2014 at 03:01 pm
Nope. He also has that one he wears with the NFL logo tie!
Evan / April 4, 2014 at 03:12 pm
I wonder what was on the rocks in that glass?
Seymour / April 4, 2014 at 05:10 pm
The only people in Toronto dumber than these two morons are the people who voted for them.
Terry replying to a comment from Seymour / April 4, 2014 at 05:27 pm
There's one dumbness level even lower than that, that's those that didn't vote at all!!!!!

A non vote is automatically a vote for the winner cause your not voting against anyone. Hopefully the left side won't be so apathetic this time and actually show up to vote.
KW4Life / April 4, 2014 at 05:30 pm
She's got the whole Province in her safe hands.
She's got the whole Province in her safe hands.
She's got the whole Province in her safe hands.
She's got the whole Province in her safe hands.

She's got everybody here in her safe hands.
She's got everybody here in her safe hands.
She's got everybody here in her safe hands.
Kristoff / April 4, 2014 at 05:54 pm
WHY is Olivia Chow focusing her interviews on the international press and media that we'll never see here. I thought Ford speaking to the Jimmel Kimmel audience like they were voters was as crazy as it could get.
Sims / April 4, 2014 at 06:05 pm
Maybe shes getting fearful that she can't win on this ground of only Toronto residents.

Non-resident Canadian citizens retain the right to vote, so long as they have lived overseas for less than five consecutive years and intend to return to live in Canada. The percentages and numbers shes counting on are getting smaller and smaller. She should focus on getting the lead and winning here first because of her policies not going overseas just to go after the anyone but Ford crowd.
Cool Runnings / April 4, 2014 at 06:20 pm
Wah mek yuh ask suh much questi-on fah? Eazy nuh man, yuh too gwaany-gwaany! Di pawty mad - stop poop up di place!! Ah who yuh tink yaaah talk to? Ah weh yaaah do? Me no bwaatyboy! Mi ah eat all da punanny at home! More den enuf!! Mi ahh gyallis, an' mi ago tump yuh inna yuh face! Me need fi full up pon sum red stripe.... Mi sick ah dis, mi waan guh wome, mi ahhh yaaady!! Eazy nuh man, play di chune!! Dem knew it, but dem cyan do it!
Hazel McCallion / April 4, 2014 at 06:36 pm
O my wattles! These Ford boys need a newspaper upside the head! Maybe every day! Maybe 30 or 40 times a day! At least they don't live in Mississauga, but Etobicokaine is too close!
In a drunken stupor / April 4, 2014 at 07:51 pm
Rob ford = racist goof
steve replying to a comment from Zach Swan / April 5, 2014 at 07:20 am
You have thrown out numbers, but nothign indicates a disaster. Toronto growth has been it the several 100k. How can you not spend more money to service that many more people. How can you not add to infrastructure to accommodate that many people.You have failed miserably to indicate a disaster.
Take your numbers a figure out per capital coasts. If you can get past need for not listening to anything but what rattles in your head.
Dr. Kukko / April 5, 2014 at 08:53 am
2 sub-humans fuckwads on You Tube. Big fucking deal.
Irwin Mimicoo / April 5, 2014 at 08:56 am
I think Mr. Ford is grrrrreat!! He's so sexy, he's an icon for us fatty lovers everywhere!
Ms.Dash replying to a comment from Irwin Mimicoo / April 5, 2014 at 09:30 am
AGREED! He's always reminded me of a heavy set Matt Damon.
Rub 'n Dug / April 5, 2014 at 09:46 am
We were both soooo high during the YouTube thang, y'all!
Irwin Mimicoo / April 5, 2014 at 11:54 am
Mr. Ford, can I get high with you?
Francis / April 5, 2014 at 01:15 pm
Can't believe CHOW is all about the attack ads and finger pointing. I thought she was above that, but she's spending her whole campaign attacking the others and does not have a solid platform to run on. What waste, completely upsetting.

The race to replace Rob Ford has Chow and Tory fighting it out to be the number one contender
Reggie replying to a comment from Irwin Mimicoo / April 5, 2014 at 01:19 pm
Mr. Ford's busy today returning customer service calls so he's a no go to get high with.

I can get you in with Chow though, she's more than willing to get high and smoke pot even when she's looking after the future of our children and her grandkids,
Election Issues / April 5, 2014 at 01:25 pm
Fords 2014 Election;
- Subways
- Expanding Island Airport
- Keeping Gardiner Expressway
- Rid of Land Transfer Tax
- Privatizing Garbage

Chows 2014 Election;
- Mayor Ford Behaviour
- More Cycling Lanes
- Mayor Ford Behaviour
- More Affordable Housing
- Mayor Ford Behaviour
- Tearing Down Gardener
- Mayor Ford Behaviour
Dr. Kukko / April 5, 2014 at 01:55 pm
Shouldn't the Fords be employed in a sheltered workshop?
Forest / April 5, 2014 at 02:16 pm
Life is like a Blob of Chocolates, You never know what Blob you'll get
John Bender / April 5, 2014 at 02:19 pm
Does Barry Manilow know that Rob Ford raids his wardrobe?
Rick Blaine / April 5, 2014 at 02:20 pm
Of all the crack houses in all the towns in all the world, Ford walks into mine.
Terry Malloy / April 5, 2014 at 02:22 pm
You don't understand! Rob coulda had class. Rob coulda been a contender. Rob could've been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what he is.
Zach Swan replying to a comment from steve / April 5, 2014 at 02:42 pm
Yawn. You're boring me. It's clearly YOU that has an opinion locked in your simple little mind and no evidence will shift it. You're merely a contrarian troll. Go back to your mom's basement and read your comic books.
Torontonian / April 5, 2014 at 05:55 pm

Would it be insulting if he had started speaking French to a French community?

This is how people speak in Jamaica. They don't speak English like in Canada they have their own patois. Him speaking patois is not insulting, it's as courteous as someone speaking French to a French counterpart. Anyone who thinks obviously has no knowledge of the Jamaican community and should essentially STFU. :p
Irwin Mimicoo / April 5, 2014 at 06:39 pm
That was actually great! Good stench on Rob Ford! Four (to six) years in penitentiary!
Irwin Mimicoo / April 5, 2014 at 06:54 pm
Ms. Chow is great! She's so brilliant! Wow! WOW!WWOOWW! WOWCHOW! WOWCHOW! FORTY YEARS OF CHOW! Hazel McCallion II!
Shirley Not! / April 5, 2014 at 06:55 pm
rob ford / April 5, 2014 at 10:52 pm
I'm voting CHOW! There's nobody like Olivia!
Doug Ford / April 5, 2014 at 10:54 pm
I'm for Olivia 100%! Zing! The end!

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