I’m sure you’re all aware that the mayor of our city, Rob Ford, has admitted to smoking crack. Gasp – what a shocker! (insert sarcastic eye roll) Toronto is the talk of the town – and by that, I mean the talk of every single town across North America….and possibly even the world. A friend of mine who has family is Australia was recently asked “what’s up with your mayor smoking crack?” by her relatives. So we’ve officially crossed waters with this scandal.
Today, when I arrived home from work, I turned on my TV to see that Chelsea Handler was discussing our fine mayor – and by discussing, I mean Handler and 3 other comedians were telling jokes about Ford and Canada. Since when do Canadian politics make it into American pop culture?
How did we let this happen? Where’s that confident friend who gives you a good shake and a slap to knock you out of a stupor? Perhaps that friend was busy trying to beat some sense into Ford – but it was no use. After Ford’s apology earlier today, the Toronto Sun reported that his approval rating didn’t change – it remained steady. Seriously? Are we collectively experiencing a severe case of Stockholm syndrome? No.
I think Ford’s supporters – the “Ford Nation” – are in too deep. They’ve invested too much in him, and they don’t want to admit they’ve made a mistake. By dismissing the claims, they’re justifying their own decisions. It’s a type of validation – and there was a variety of reasons they were willing to forgive Rob Ford, including:
- He didn’t know what he was doing, so how can he be held accountable?
- Everyone is allowed to get drunk, what’s the big deal?
- It’s the police’s fault he’s getting a bad reputation, they released all this information but didn’t actually charge him with anything – obviously they were just trying to ruin his reputation
- Maybe he was pressured in to admitting it?
Oh yeah, there are some real gems in there. So before you throw your support behind Rob Ford, maybe take a moment to think about why you’re supporting him — is it for him? or for you?
And if that doesn’t work – then just open your eyes and realize the fact that he smoked crack. That’s illegal people – seriously. And that’s in addition to all the other crazy and illegal things that he’s done. Wake up!