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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Orders Gay Pride Flag Removed from City Hall, Then Changes Mind

Crack-smoking Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has asked the city manager to take down a Gay Pride flag that was raised at City Hall in solidarity with LGBT athletes at the Sochi Olympics, BlogTO and the AP report:

FordBlog TO:

"This is about the Olympics, this is about being patriotic to your country," Ford said. "This is not about sexual preference." The mayor says he wants it replaced with a Canadian flag.

The rainbow flag was installed on the courtesy flagpole outside City Hall with the help of Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly. The pole is reserved for flags that promote "activities such as fund-raising drives, multi-cultural events and national or independence days," according to the city website.

Kelly called the Pride flag "a statement that we're not afraid to stand up for the rights and privileges that are being abused in other parts of the world."

UPDATE:

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he does not support having the rainbow flag flying at city hall during the Sochi Games, and initially ordered to have it taken down. But after meetings with other councillors, Ford has reportedly agreed to let the flag fly.

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  1. Once again Rob Ford embarrasses all of Toronto, all of Canada....

    Posted by: dumbnhung | Feb 7, 2014 2:20:21 PM


  2. Doesn't he have an appointment with a hooker to do a line of blow off her ass? Why is he still talking?

    Posted by: Mike B. | Feb 7, 2014 2:31:30 PM


  3. And he will still be the mayor of Toronto when the city hosts visitors from all over the world for WORLD PRIDE 2014 this summer. How would the city feel about a boycott and the loss of all that revenue Mayor Ford?

    Posted by: shanestud | Feb 7, 2014 2:32:36 PM


  4. Just for the record, the followup is that he's backed down on this.

    Posted by: Craig S | Feb 7, 2014 2:32:47 PM


  5. Dude's crackin' up. WTF is wrong with Toronto to have a mayor like this? do they have a tea party in Canada? Ford sounds like a good fit.

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Feb 7, 2014 2:38:27 PM


  6. Well, that followup saves me from asking the question "What the hell is he smoking making that kinda of decision?" but then we also already know the answer to that.

    Posted by: Craig | Feb 7, 2014 2:40:06 PM


  7. It's going to fly again. He has reversed his decision. Toronto is to hold World Pride this year... how lucky to have him as a mayor as the t-dot welcomes the world... *facepalm*

    Posted by: JDinTO | Feb 7, 2014 2:42:03 PM


  8. SHANESTUD: It was reported yesterday that the "mayor in name only" refuses to take part in any events for World Pride in Toronto (apparently he can hang around with gangsters, druggies and criminals, do drugs himself, but he draws the line at the gays!). Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly, who is actually running the city now, will attend.

    Posted by: BETTY | Feb 7, 2014 2:50:09 PM


  9. This is just a litmus test showing that Canadians shouldn't get too comfortable. The hate wave will reach Canada too. Just wait until rights are taken away again and vigilante groups & individuals are given the metaphorical go-ahead, just like russia, to hunt and abuse gays...

    Rob Ford is part of the metastatic homophobic cancer that's spreading.

    Posted by: PawnTheseOff | Feb 7, 2014 2:50:55 PM


  10. Somebody handed him a bottle and he got all friendly again.

    Posted by: Jack M | Feb 7, 2014 2:52:33 PM


  11. Perhaps, if Ford loses his re-election bid, he can run for Mayor of Sochi; he'd be much more at home there.

    Think about it: people drink (and drive) with wild abandon; you can kill your enemies with impunity; and there are "no gay people in Sochi" (that is according to the current mayor there).

    #BOYCOTTSOCHI

    Posted by: John | Feb 7, 2014 2:55:24 PM


  12. Ford is a bad joke told too often.

    Meanwhile. Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson had the best response to a hater complaining about flying the rainbow flag in support.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bf5QwhsCMAAjIzA.jpg

    Posted by: SERIOUSLY | Feb 7, 2014 2:56:41 PM


  13. It's straight-up madness that he's still employed. Canada usually shows us how it's done. What the crap, Canada?

    Posted by: Mikey | Feb 7, 2014 3:05:31 PM


  14. Just to be clear: Rob Ford has no authority at this point to 'order' the Pride flag be taken down. He can certainly demand it, but there's no obligation for anyone to listen to him.

    Posted by: Nat | Feb 7, 2014 3:06:52 PM


  15. Sadly, he is quite representative of the ring around Toronto. Real Toronto in the middle is not like that, but was dissolved into the outer ring by a past conservative government.

    They claimed it was to save money, but of course it could not, and did not, save money. What it really did was enhance the power of conservatives and other morons. This is the predictable result of that.

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 7, 2014 3:12:14 PM


  16. Just what Canada does Fraud thinks he lives in? Every other major Canadian city has put a flag up. I don't see how it un patriotic to put up a Pride flag. And if he things the Olympics aren't political, what does he think such a mean-spirited demand is... That too is a political statement, you thug. It's stating I don't support human rights, and I absolutely refuse to help in any way a large part of my constituency. I hope World Pride moves out of Toronto (go to Montreal instead, it's more fun, anyway) and then all the businesses who were looking forward to the revenue from the festival will best angry that they'll actively campaign to vote this asshat out.

    Posted by: Graphicjack | Feb 7, 2014 3:24:07 PM


  17. The anti-gay, anti-city mayor of LGBT-celebrating Toronto. Mayor Fraud doesn't represent a damn person in this city - check the map of the voting results and you'll see what i mean - he won NO votes in the CITY of toronto; just the outlying anti-city 'burbs.

    An alcoholic, a bigot, and all one need do is read up about the number of times the police have been called to his house to realize that his wife is a texbook case of Battered Wife Syndrome.

    Sorry, Ford - you're the mayor of one the world's brightest beacons of hope for LGBT Equality. And no matter what you want to do or say, "we" outnumber you. And we always will.

    And Randy is right - the "megacity" amalgamation of the mid-90s is responsible for this.

    And yes, he will (once again) not take part in the Pride celebrations. This years quote, "I can't(won't) change who I am"
    what does that mean? he won't stop being a bigot or he won't stop smoking crack and hanging around with low-lifes with criminal records?

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 7, 2014 3:28:53 PM


  18. OMF. Will this sad saga never end? Ford needs to be flushed down a rainbow toilet. Then a plunger needs to be applied to ensure that the scum never returns. Then the sewers need to be cleansed with Mr. Clean (who is obviously gay!) #FuckFord

    Posted by: Jeff | Feb 7, 2014 4:20:04 PM


  19. Little Kiwi is lying. Both he and his mother aided and abetted Mayor Ford. Exploiting PFLAG, they did a press appearance with him and helped boost his public image. They dragged PFLAG's name through the mud by using it to help Rob Ford's public image.

    Shame on you and your privileged, entitled family, Little Kiwi.

    Posted by: Andrew | Feb 7, 2014 4:28:08 PM


  20. OMG, he's still the mayor?!?! That's laughable. Snooki for President 2016!

    Posted by: Lucas H | Feb 7, 2014 4:35:31 PM


  21. F**k Rob Ford. He's invalid. He just hasn't realized it yet.

    Posted by: tinkerbelle | Feb 7, 2014 5:00:07 PM


  22. I DON"T believe the above comment attacking Little Kiwi was written by the regular poster "ANDREW". They don't like each other, but neither are that petty. It's RICK.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Feb 7, 2014 5:08:17 PM


  23. Um, excuse me Derrick From Philly? What is petty about calling out someone for boosting Rob Ford? I will ALWAYS call out someone for promoting evil, no matter who they are. Why did Little Kiwi do it? Was it because it was too big a thrill to stand next to the mayor in front of cameras? Some people will do anything to be in the spotlight.

    Too bad you think that some people get a pass!

    Posted by: Andrew | Feb 7, 2014 6:39:00 PM


  24. Andrew, Rob Ford's attendance at the event was a surprise to almost everybody there. What exactly were they supposed to do, magically conjure bananas to pelt him with?

    Posted by: Craig S | Feb 7, 2014 6:50:11 PM


  25. @BETTY : You can hardly blame him for not wanting to be at World Pride - an article on another web site had a picture of Ford paired with pictures of some go-go boys, and Ford would definitely feel out of place unless he spends 16 hours per day at a gym to get ready for that event. Make that 16 hours per day with zero calorie intake.


    Posted by: Bill | Feb 7, 2014 9:30:57 PM


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