I’m not sure at what point the reaction to Rob Ford’s behaviour passes shocked titillation and becomes angry/saddened outrage. The latest episode in the locomotive of buffoonery that is the Rob Ford re-election campaign is that yet another video has surfaced, showing the Mayor smoking crack in his sister’s basement. Wow, this is some sibling. Most sisters would ask you to watch their kids, lend them money, and be nice to their husbands. But Rob Ford has a sister who lets him come over and smoke crack in her basement. He is truly blessed.
What I don’t quite understand is why he is constantly filmed while smoking crack. At a certain point, maybe before he lights his pipe, he should ask that all recording devices be turned off. After a hard day of drunkery and mysogery, is it too much for a man to ask that he please be able to smoke crack in his sister’s basement in peace?
Another incident that has come to light is one involving Justin Bieber. Ahh, the meeting of great minds, the perfect Canadian storm of introspective thought and profound analytical acuity. Apparently, while Ford was getting his party on in a club in Toronto, Bieber went up to the Mayor and asked him if he had any crack. The Mayor responded with comical indignation–“WHAT? How dare you?”–and then quickly went into the bathroom, emerging an hour later, appearing to be drunk as a lord, and blustered and fumed at the cheek of Bieber to insult the dignity of the Mayor. Bieber’s father, who also happens to be a drunken idiot, was partying with his son that evening and claims the incident didn’t happen. Since all three sources for this story are basically a public service announcement about the dangers of being batshit crazy, wealthy, unaccountable, with a dash (or a whole bottle) of drugs and alcohol, I’m going to go ahead and believe the funniest/saddest version of this story.
So now Rob Ford is taking time out of his campaign in order to do 30 days of rehab. The cynic in me is pretty sure this is a ploy to curry favour with the voting public, but the scary thing is he doesn’t really need to do this. The man is still popular despite all his shenanigans and may be re-elected. I feel badly for whoever happens to be in rehab with Ford. Could you imagine trying to come to terms with the drug use, drunkenness, and wicked behaviour of Mayor Ford, and instead of consequences you see a man who is fantastically wealthy, a guest on American talk shows, and a popular mayor of Canada’s most populous city. It’s enough to drive a person to drink.