Toronto elites continue their crusade against Rob Ford. They usually rely on local journalistic blackmailers, but this time of the year they can also get to use some Hollywood power. The possibility that Ford may show up at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), has thrown their minds into complete disarray, as an article in Hollywood Reporter tells us:
Ford (mainly) has been keeping out of trouble and out of the headlines these past few months. But to the horror of many in the city — and the delight of tabloid journalists and late-night comedians everywhere — the mayor is back to resume campaigning (the election is Oct. 27) after a two-month stint at GreeneStone, a clinic in northern Ontario. That is making some in Toronto, and at the festival, very nervous. In cable TV terms, the festival is Masterpiece Theatre: all prestige and high-end class. Ford — who has admitted to smoking crack, hangs out with prostitutes and known gang members and has been known to swear and discuss oral sex in news conferences — is Here Comes Honey Boo Boo: Canadian Edition.
“The last thing anyone wants is to see the fat red face of Mayor Ford on the red carpet,” says one festival regular and prominent Torontonian. “Everyone will be seeing TIFF and thinking ‘crackhead mayor.’ “
It’s strange to hear this “noble outrage” from an industry that has done everything in its power to undermine what’s left of our values. Our own Atom Egoyan glorified the incest involving father and daughter in “The Sweet Hereafter”. Hollywood movies regularly admonish straight males that they lack the grace and moral superiority of the homosexuals. For the low-brow crowd they provide an endless supply of “Hangovers” convincing them it is perfectly normal to act like a pig or flood them with regurgitated fantasies in masterpieces like “Resident Evil” or “The Fast and the Furious” 2,4, 8 or 23.
Calling TIFF “high-end class” is a gross exaggeration. Selling the point that the appearance of the sweaty Rob Ford would bastardize that superior event is an even worse exaggeration. The author wants to leave us with the dubious impression that the “crack-smoking” Mayor wants to crash a saintly festival, organized by Carmelite nuns.
Ford, with all his personal vices, can’t hold a candle to most of the pillars of the movie industry. Many of the actors, producers, writers and countless others have snorted more cocaine, smoked more pot and injected more heroin than Ford has ever seen in the movies. Outstanding Hollywood luminaries like Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan and numerous lesser known have spent more time in rehab than Ford in his office.
The infatuation with the movie stars lets them do more stupid things than anything Rob Ford has ever done. Climate experts like Matt Damon and Leonardo di Caprio still make fools of themselves by peddling the global warming scam. Wise women like Jennifer Lawrence and Kirsten think it is a good idea to keep their nude photos on a cloud server (if they intended to “leak” them, I apologize).
Among these people Rob Ford looks like a boring oversized character from “Leave It to Beaver.”
But the author is not done yet. He lists more reasons why the downtown narcissists hate the Mayor and some of them are priceless:
Aside from his reality-TV-star persona, Ford has politics that are antithetical to the festival’s cosmopolitan image. The mayor has boycotted gay pride events in Toronto, been caught on video spouting apparently racist and homophobic slurs and advocated slashing city funding for the arts, including money for the fest. In fact, Ford’s whole political strategy has been to pit conservative voters in the city’s suburbs against the supposedly liberal downtown core.
There is evidence that too much Rob Ford already is hurting Toronto’s international image. At the height of Ford’s scandals in 2013, Canadian analytics group Cormex Research found that the mayor and his troubles accounted for nearly half of all coverage of Toronto on U.S. news networks.
I see no reason why a straight family man should attend the “gay pride events.” Despite the best efforts of the media to cover up the truth, those events have been known for years as demonstrations of debauchery, where buck-naked men expose themselves to kids or simulate sex acts. Neither Ford nor anybody else misses any “fun” by skipping the events.
As of slashing the city funding for the arts, it should be slashed even more. The problem is the lax definition of the term “artist” – the vast majority of the Toronto “artists” are unemployable losers, who won’t be able to sell their works even if the hell freezes over. The generous grants they get are the only thing that prevents them from getting real jobs.
It is funny when such people, who are not known outside of their community hostel, complain that Ford “has hurt” Toronto’s image. I hate to break it to them, but very few people outside of our fair city care about Toronto. If Ford were to suddenly disappear, the world press won’t start writing more stories about the Toronto art grants recipients. Despite what Jimmy Kimmel says about the “embarrassing situation”, the number of tourists has increased. And if somebody wants to invest in Toronto, they are more interested in the new taxes charged by the “progressive” Council than in what the Mayor smokes.
That’s the trouble with the “progressives” – in order to preserve the mythical image of Toronto, they’ll rather have at the helm somebody like David Miller, who instead of clearing the garbage piles would rather kiss the hairy asses of the garbage collectors’ union. Unlike them, we want to live in the real world, where it is more important to get the job done. It would be nice, if TIFF comes to the realization that it also operates in the real world.
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