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Morning Brew: Toronto strip clubs get less touchy, Rob Ford has gravy issues, Ombudsman reappointed, Tyler Bozak Halloween costume controversy

Posted by Derek Flack / October 31, 2012

Toronto rainNO TOUCHING! Strip clubs in TO just got a little less Tijuana. Ok, guys — time to work on your OKCupid profile and try a little harder. You'll feel better for it. Really.

In other rippers news, Zanzibar got some G20 compensation. The classiest joint on lower Yonge was awarded $5,886 in compensation for summit-based losses, which represents about half of what ownership was looking for. Insert some half-clever, probably inappropriate joke here.

Oh, Rob. There's gravy and there's 1982-Pétrus-spiked gravy. This would be the latter. And you don't even know what that means.

The quotation of the day — don't say "quote;" that's a verb, guys — comes courtesy of one of my old favourites, Giorgio Mammoliti. On why he voted against reappointing Integrity Commissioner Fiona Crean to a second term: "It's becoming political, and for that reason I don't think she should be reappointed." Well done, my flagpole-loving friend. Let this be a lesson on how to say nothing and still move your lips. Rationality did, however, prevail.

Ok, so this is one is worth discussion. Toronto Maple Leaf Tyler Bozak — he of the pretty face and the corner-free hockey play — is in some hot water for his Halloween costume this year. There's a long and troubled history here, but one wonders if this particular dress-up participates in that history at all. Is MJ just MJ or something more troubled?

About 700 Toronto homes are still without power post-Sandy. Of the roughly 60,000 Ontario residences who lost power on account of the storm, only 1 per cent are yet to be able to use their electric can openers.

Speaking of the G20, filmmaker Adam Letalik has released the final cut of his film about the events on that notorious June weekend. Check it out below.

Photo by Bicycle Tom in the blogTO Flickr pool

Discussion

24 Comments

gah / October 31, 2012 at 09:07 am
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So we can't touch stripper boobs anymore?? This is worst than the Holocaust.
KG / October 31, 2012 at 09:11 am
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Bozak sure loves going in blackface every Halloween.
the lemur replying to a comment from TheVok / October 31, 2012 at 09:40 am
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I guess they fixed the Zanzibar bit, but yeah, blogTO is no one's idea of an authority on usage.
Derek replying to a comment from the lemur / October 31, 2012 at 09:45 am
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Yes, because the observation in question is obviously incorrect. Get a grip.
Clifford / October 31, 2012 at 09:58 am
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This amendment to the 'no touching' law seems more like a step back for the comfort and safety of strippers. Before, it was a blanket 'no touching' ban. Now they've specified uncovered body parts that aren't to be touched, and that just opens up a ton of loop holes, which is really unfortunate.

Of course, there will always be entitled assholes who think that women's bodies, and the bodies of those working in the adult entertainment industry, are theirs to touch as they please, regardless of consent or legality.

Protip: don't touch someone who doesn't want to be touched. It's a dick move. Assuming someone wants to be touched because of their profession is likewise a dick move. Keep your hands to yourself.
glenn storey / October 31, 2012 at 10:03 am
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how the hell does giorgio keep getting elected? he's stupider and far more annoying and less effective than even doug ford, and that's saying something.
Boner / October 31, 2012 at 10:09 am
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If a stripper *wants* her client to touch her breasts and buttocks is that still ok, or now deemed illegal?
Chris on Bay St / October 31, 2012 at 10:14 am
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Regulating what occurs between two consenting adults...This is what Councillors consider a priority?? Meanwhile the Gardiner is crumbling, TTC is a disaster, electrical grid is maxed-out and the roads are in constant gridlock. Silly Hall indeed.
the lemur replying to a comment from Derek / October 31, 2012 at 10:35 am
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'Obviously' how?

'Quote' as a noun is well-established usage (unless you consider the late 19th century to be too recent, but then its ultimate origin in Latin lies neither in a verb nor in a noun).

Jer / October 31, 2012 at 10:41 am
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I guess if Bozak dressed up as later day M. Jackson it wouldn't have been a problem since he wouldn't have needed much face makeup?
My Butt / October 31, 2012 at 10:59 am
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Only blogTO would advocate regulated prostitution and make snarky remarks about strip clubs.
Mark / October 31, 2012 at 11:24 am
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If the Zanzibar was negatively affected by the G20 and neighbouring businesses were compensated then they too would be entitled to compensation, no matter what we may think of their business.

Regarding Bozak, he should have known there are killjoys and professional race-baiters who have no sense of humour or perspective.

So I guess in return no black person can ever dress up as a white person. Fair is fair.
AV replying to a comment from Derek / October 31, 2012 at 01:13 pm
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Just can't help but bit your dickish self eh Derek?
duh replying to a comment from Mark / October 31, 2012 at 01:28 pm
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As soon as black people do to white people what white people have done to black people, black people can be chastised for dressing in whiteface. Then fair is fair.
Mark / October 31, 2012 at 01:31 pm
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What did white people do to Michael Jackson besides buy his records, attend his concerts and give him under age boys for 'sleep overs'?

Had Bozak dressed up as a black slave there might be a problem. Dressing up as a black celebrity is not unless you are looking to be offended.
Me / October 31, 2012 at 01:44 pm
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Funny how people want "equality" applied to everyone else but themselves.....
Rob replying to a comment from duh / October 31, 2012 at 01:45 pm
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I don't know. Here, in 2012, I don't see white people doing anything to black people except walking on eggshells around them because of that R word that gets thrown around like candy on Halloween.
Chris / October 31, 2012 at 02:45 pm
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Amazing - all the topics to discuss today, and the decision by a 3rd line Leaf Centre to tweet a pic of his hallween costume is the one that gets traction?

As for white people walking on eggshells, really? You think that's a problem? I suspect the only white people walking on eggshells are those who've never managed to actually have friends of other races, and as a result get uncomfortable around "others". Trust me, if you have any black friends, you're not walking on eggshells - you know why? Because you'd know that we're all our own people and just because one black person might be offended about something doesn't mean we all are. We're not some monolithic group who think and act in an identical manner - we're no different than "white" people that way.

Quite frankly, its the meda propensity to treat any ethnic group as a monolithic entity with one mind and voice that leads to all this nonsense where it is assumed that people are offended by everythng and anything. Its ridiculous.

Until the media turned it into a "story", it was nothing more than a typical Twitter piss-off. And just so you know, there are plenty of white people out there who express their liberal guilt by being offended about things, presumptively on behalf of black folks, so please, don't assume its black people making you walk on eggshells on racial matters.
Rob / October 31, 2012 at 02:57 pm
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I'm sorry, Chris. I'm not assuming that it's black people setting the stage for all the walking on eggshells. A large portion of it is liberal guilt, but don't be so quick to assume that conniving non-white people haven't figured out how to use this against ALL white people. I got called a racist the other day for refusing to buy chocolates from a black kid selling them outside the subway. Why did he call me a racist? It's because somewhere, somehow, many, many people have been conditioned to believe that any perceived slight against a person of colour committed by a white person is an act of KKK-inspired racism.

You're right, in the sense that not everyone will get offended by something like Bozak's costume, but my personal experiences throughout life, living in this multicultural city for the entirety of it, is that people absolutely love showing outrage and offense when it comes to race-related matters. This city is tribal, divided, and xenophobic-- towards everyone.
Confused / October 31, 2012 at 06:09 pm
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Blackface hasn't been used in acceptable circles in 30+ years. Perhaps what we're seeing is a younger generation who don't understand the racist undertones of dressing in this way and legitimately are doing it to make their costume more accurate. Adults who grew up in the 80s didn't grow up seeing blackface in any context, and therefore may be lacking the awareness of the negativity surrounding the issue. It doesn't make their decision acceptable, but it puts their (uninformed) choice in context - related to ignorance rather than hate.
hop / October 31, 2012 at 06:11 pm
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I can see why Canadians don't understand why blackface is so wrong, but Bozak should understand that as a professional athlete in North America his actions have consequences. Bozak's defense is no different from Yunel Escobar's defense. When Escobar pulled off his stunt he believed what he was doing was innocent, because of his background of coming from a place where homophobic slurs are not seen as being harmful. Canadians should be proud that minstrel shows are not part of our history, but they need to be sensitive to the fact that they are a very painful part of the history of our neighbours. In both cases, athletes need to be educated and considering the shit Raffi Torres got last year, it's a little unfortunate that this happened again.

Interestingly, no mention of the Raptors home opener?
Mark / November 1, 2012 at 10:02 am
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The point is he went as Michael Jackson not some random black guy. There is a difference.
Gul Jassad replying to a comment from glenn storey / November 1, 2012 at 12:56 pm
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The people who elect this guy are also stupid and dumb, and they all need to be given a civics test (as well as medical tests to determine competency) before they are ever allowed to vote. Better yet, they need to lay off the TV watching of Fox News, Sun News Channel, and the reading of the Toronto Sun, as these outlets are doing NOTHING but making them small-minded, provincial, and what I've said above.

And, as one person here said at BlogTO a while ago, we need term limits for city councilors.
Gul Jassad replying to a comment from duh / November 1, 2012 at 12:58 pm
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THIS.

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