Rob Ford a No-Show at Pride

…in other news, the sky is blue and we also have unconfirmed reports that water is wet.

As I tweeted earlier, Rob Ford’s statement of his unabashed intention to be a non-participant in Pride festivities in favour of a big ol’ pig roast at some family shindig is hardly surprising. Rob Ford has never been a friend to the gay community. In fact, he has been decidedly unfriendly to the gay community…one might say “enemy-like.” Anyone remember this?

From Ford’s Wikipedia entry:
“Further controversy erupted in a Toronto City Council session when Ford argued against the city spending $1.5 million on AIDS prevention programs. Ford stated that “(AIDS) is very preventable,” and that “if you are not doing needles and you are not gay, you wouldn’t get AIDS probably, that’s bottom line.”[53] With respect to the increasing rates of women contracting the disease, Ford said; “How are women getting it? Maybe they are sleeping with bisexual men.”[53] During a June 2005 council debate, Ford said, “I don’t understand a transgender,” asking “is it a guy dressed up like a girl or a girl dressed up like a guy?”[54]

What I do find surprising is the fervor over this announcement. As I also tweeted, its the equivalent of having a dinner party, inviting your best friend and the mistress who stole her husband and turning around and using said mistress’ non-attendance as an excuse to call her a whore in front of your best friend. Its sad and kind of silly. Like complaining that when you placed your hand on the hot burner it got really badly burned…or when you jumped out the 30th floor window you got turned into chunky salsa.

He’s not coming. It sucks from a public relations stand point, but it is the least surprising news I’ve heard in a long time. In fact, the attempt to get him to participate is more eyebrow raising to me.


This is the idiot that Toronto elected as mayor…

…so when he does idiotic things, its more a comment on Toronto than Rob Ford’s behaviour.  Bottom line.


~ by seangstm on June 23, 2011.

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