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Slurring Rob Ford in New Video

Mayor speaks in what appears to be Jamaican patois in video filmed Monday.

A new video featuring a seemingly intoxicated Rob Ford was uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday. The mayor, who earlier claimed to have quit drinking, confirmed he had “a little bit” to drink last night. An Instagram photo, since removed from the site, places the mayor’s visit before 10:00 last night.

The mayor did not show up to City Hall today until 2:15 p.m., long after the 12:30–1 p.m. estimate his staff provided reporters. This incident follows released emails from former mayoral staffers, showing an office that doesn’t know where the mayor is for days, tracks his whereabouts via social media, and warns one another when he enters the office around noon.

For his part, the mayor defended his actions, saying, “What I do in my personal life with my personal friends, that’s up to me…it’s my own time.”

The video, which is just over one minute long, appears to be surreptitiously shot on a cell phone. Slurring his words, the mayor speaks in what appears to be Jamaican patois, including using the word “bumbaclot,” a substitute for the word “fuck.” The video doesn’t run for long enough to show the context—we don’t know what might have led up to his actions. Ford has an alleged history of using racist language while intoxicated. Former staff members told police that Ford directed racial epithets towards a Pakistani cab driver on St. Patrick’s Day in 2012, and the Toronto Star reports that in the infamous crack video Ford refers to his football players as “fucking minorities.”

Near the end of the video, a young man tells Ford he is doing a great job and “deserves to be even better than Prime Minister Harper.” Ford then calls himself a “straight-up guy” and touts his outreach to marginalized communities, “Who goes to THC? Who goes to Jamestown, Jane and Finch, Malvern, all them (unclear)?”

Before the mayor made his admission late this afternoon, Doug Ford (Ward 2, Etobicoke North), who is also serving as his brother’s campaign manager, claimed that the video could not have been from yesterday because the mayor is “much thinner now” and he was speaking with him at 10:30 p.m. last night. He also claimed his brother was focused on healthy living, arguing the mayor had turned the corner from the events of six months ago.

Ford addressed the media regarding the video at 4:40 today. Below is a transcript of the exchange:

Journalist: Mayor Ford, when was that video from?
Journalist: Were you drinking last night?

Ford: Yes, I was.

Journalist: You were drinking last night?

Ford: A little bit, yeah.

Journalist: Do you think that was offensive to people?

Ford: No, this wasn’t offensive. What I do in my personal life with my personal friends, that’s up to me.

Journalist (in background): Mr. Ford, you said stuff about the police chief–

Ford: –It has nothing to do with, it has nothing to do with you guys. It’s my own time, it’s with my own friends.

Journalist: Did you use drugs last night?

Ford: No, no.

Journalist: Have you installed a breathalyzer?
Journalist: Were you driving last night?
Journalist: How did you get there?

Ford: No, no, no, no.

Journalist: Mayor Ford, you said you quit drinking on November 1.
Journalist: When did you start drinking again, Mr. Mayor?
Journalist: Can you comment about the police chief?
Journalist: Did you ever stop drinking?
Journalist: How did you get there?
Journalist: Don’t you need help, Mayor Ford?

Ford: I answered all the questions.

Journalist: No, you didn’t!

Ford: Yes I did.
Journalist: That’s not true at all.

Ford: I’m telling you I was there. I met some friends. If I speak that way, that’s how I speak with some of my friends. I don’t think it’s discriminative at all.

Journalist: Did you lie when you said you stopped drinking?

Ford: Anything else?

Journalist: Did you lie? Did you lie when you said you stopped drinking?

Ford: That’s my own time.

Journalist: When did you start drinking again, Mayor Ford?
Journalist: Who drove you? Who drove you?

Ford: That’s it.

UPDATE 7:25 PM: A second video has surfaced on YouTube which appears to be from last night. In it Ford is seen only twice, for a few moments each; he appears to be meeting with his friend and sometimes driver, Sandro Lisi, who currently faces extortion charges in connection with alleged attempts to obtain the crack video.


  • NickyGee

    Here is a link to two videos showing that Rob Ford has a relatively long history of “interesting” behaviour from his time as City Councillor:

    Why are we surprised by anything that he does?

    • Paul Kishimoto

      Who’s surprised?

      Anyway, I think this furnishes a useful, fairly clear example of Doug Ford’s reflexive lying.

    • adamd1

      It appears that link has been removed.

    • bobloblawbloblawblah

      I’m not surprised. Shame I’ll miss Stewart tonight. I’m sure this will be all over the talk shows.

  • MaryL

    I heard audio from Ford on the CBC this afternoon where he clearly claimed that he did not drive last night (it’s around 54 seconds on this video: Not that I necessarily believe him — maybe they weren’t asking the question with the exact wording he wanted — but he did make that claim.

    • bobloblawbloblawblah

      Apparently, the media never asks the right question. Rob said so himself.

  • Lavender

    I have a hard time understanding why so many people continue to rely on a defence that the media is all over Rob Ford. That’s true – but that’s irrelevant. His conduct way before he was elected as Mayor was unacceptable to anyone who was paying attention or gave a damn. If a person lies, exhibits anti-social, dangerous and disrespectful behaviour, it goes without saying that they’re not going to understand what it means to govern human beings in a conscious, effective way. I’m tired of the excuses, the twisted logic, and the apologism masquerading as compassion. Does a man of the people use racist, sexist, and homophobic language? Does a person who cares about the marginalized – who cares about anyone – consistently vote against drug programs, affordable housing, and support initiatives for the homeless? You can’t blame the left. It’s all out there now. No one who has any respect for justice or democracy can in good faith support this man. Please, Olivia Chow, PLEASE…

  • bobloblawbloblawblah

    The whole interview has a Monty Python quality to it….

    Ford: I answered all the questions.

    Journalist: No, you didn’t!

    Ford: Yes I did.

    Journalist: That’s not true at all.

    Ford: I answered all the questions

    Journalist: No, you didn’t

    Ford: Yes I did.

    Journalist: No, you didn’t!

    Ford: Yes I did.

    Journalist: Look, I came here for an argument!

    Ford: No, you didn’t, you came here for an argument!

    Journalist: An argument isn’t just contradiction.

    Ford: well, it can be.

  • RiverdaleAndrew

    Gotta love that idiot kid that apparently has such high standards he thinks this drunk crack smoking idiot should move into 24 Sussex Drive. It’s uneducated voters like him that caused this train wreck in the first place. Can we please annex off Ford Nation to what ever redneck town will take them?

    Mayor Chow or Mayor Tory please. This joke of a spoiled brat has been with us for too long now.

    • zozm

      hey, quit dissing East York Toronto Community Housing residents

    • vampchick21

      I’m far more worried about the woman that came into the restaurant the next day to confront media, waving a Ford Nation flag and proclaiming that people laughed at Jesus too. Just….I don’t even know anymore. I just don’t.

  • The_Nexus

    I’m extremely concerned that Rob Ford and Sandro Lisi were seen listening to “YMCA” by the Village People… is there something he’s not telling us?!?!?

  • dsmithhfx

    Dougie needs to fire that moron goon driver that Robbie has the hots for, and get him a real, no-nonsense 24/7 minder who never, ever leaves him alone.

  • tyrannosaurus_rek

    A number of online sources say the meaning of bumbaclot is asswipe, or used tampon, not ‘fuck’.

    • Testu

      I don’t think it’s terribly difficult to work out the literal meanings of patois curses, but they can have different cultural meanings. Just like a South Asian person calling someone a dog or a snake is actually a fairly serious insult even though it doesn’t mean much in modern western culture.

      I don’t know why Torontoist went with that translation though.

    • Jer

      i would say that it means asswipe/used tampon, but is used in the same sense as fuck.

    • Dinah Might

      Urban Dictionary says the literal meaning is asswipe, but it’s often used as a general exclamation in lieu of “Fuck!”

      Like if I spill coffee on myself and exclaim “Motherfucker!!” even though none of the coffee, or the mug, or whatever made me trip, has (to my knowledge) fucked my mother.

  • HockeyDadof2

    I don’t hear any slurring as it is associated with liquor. In fact there is little about his bizarre movements and vocal tones that are consistent with alcohol. But he’s on something that’s for sure.

  • torontothegreat

    What “exactly” is racist about it?