It Could Have Been Worse

Rob Ford had the good sense or perhaps lack of to realize Jimmy Kimmel thinks he’s a donkey’s ass. If Ford tried to play it straight – attempt some feeble ruse promoting Toronto tourism – it would have embarrassed my poor nation to the core. I doubt it was a conscious decision, the man lacks boundaries most of us wouldn’t dream of crossing.

It could have been worse; I was relieved he behaved as expected, allowing Kimmel to mock his antics rather than pretend we were all mistaken. The man simply doesn’t care; by all appearances Ford is having the time of his life, milking his notoriety for all it’s worth.

I’m tired of Rob Ford. Anticipation of his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel replaced by impatience for him to go away. The joke isn’t funny anymore – we’ve all had a laugh, give it a rest. Canada is weary of snickers and guffaws, we’re over misplaced satisfaction gleaned from snippets of comedic mockery. Shame on me and any other Canadian who’s allowed an elected official to get away with utter nonsense.

Watch the Ford video and tell me if any of you believe this man deserves the benefit of the doubt – smarten up Canada.

And the Oscar Goes To, Rob Ford

Never let it be said Toronto major Rob Ford lacks hutzpah – the man just doesn’t care what anyone thinks. His preposterous journey from conflict of interest allegations to crack smoking major of Canada’s largest city, catapulted Ford into the realm of celebrity bad boy – by all appearances the designation pleases him.

To be completely honest – with nothing other than a sneaking suspicion to back it up – I believe deep down, at some level many Canadians feel the same way. I’ll be so bold as to come right out and say – there’s something satisfying about a bat shit countryman making David Letterman’s top 10 list, CNN’s top 10 list of scandals, incredulous guffaws by Jon Stewart, and comedic fodder across America.

Effectively stripped of power by a city council fed up with drunken outbursts, unannounced late night attempts to visit jailed “associates”, unexplained trips to known drug houses, and of course the crack debacle – this major in name only isn’t about to eat humble pie. Oh hell no – the Rob Ford circus is headed for the Oscars.

Jimmy Kimmel; in what can only be described as a stroke of ratings genius, landed Ford as a guest – immediately following the Oscars Canada’s train wreck will settle into Kimmel’s couch – it doesn’t matter I have to work at 5:30 AM the next day – you couldn’t tear me away if you tried.

Rob Ford raised eyebrows in Canada long before international media caught wind. Unapologetic, in your face, reckless, arrogant, oblivious – a source of astonishment bordering on entertainment. It isn’t often someone comes along with the audacity to stay the course. Unencumbered by remorse or propriety, to  forge ahead simply because they can’t help themselves. Holy crap; it’s too good – I can’t help watching, and make no apologies for doing so.

The Oscar for Canadian buffoon goes to Rob Ford.

Rob Ford, centre right, and Jimmy Kimmel, far right at LAX with Ford's brother Randy, far left, and Ford Communications officer Amin Massoudi, centre left.

TwitterRob Ford, centre right, and Jimmy Kimmel, far right at LAX with Ford’s brother Randy, far left, and Ford Communications officer Amin Massoudi, centre left.