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Duly Quoted: Rob Ford on Skipping WorldPride

Mayor won't be attending the event, and Ford family tradition might not be to blame.

“I’m not going to go to the Pride parade. I’ve never gone to a Pride parade. So I’m not going to change the way I am.”

—Mayor Rob Ford, responding to a question about WorldPride last night at the first candidates’ debate of the election campaign. Ford has never marched in a Pride parade during his mayoralty; in past years, he’s indicated that’s because tradition demands he spend the Canada Day weekend with his family at a cottage. This is the first time he’s suggested his absence might be due to personal preference rather than family obligation.

The event, which will run from June 20–29, will be the first WorldPride held in North America. “The whole world is coming to Toronto,” said Councillor Paula Fletcher (Ward 30, Toronto-Danforth) this morning at City Hall. “It’s a major economic boon to Toronto. Tens of thousands of people [will be] coming to our city to celebrate Pride, and we should all be there.” Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly also plans to attend, and told CP24′s Katie Simpson that he thinks the mayor should change his schedule and participate in the festivities.


  • Urlo

    Too bad Rob! You like to party and would love to get smashed into a drunken stupor. Don’t worry, you wouldn`t get hurt either!

  • tyrannosaurus_rek

    We don’t want you there, Rob.

    “If you are not doing needles and you are not gay, you wouldn’t get
    AIDS probably. That’s the bottom line…. How are women getting it?
    Maybe they are sleeping with bisexual men.”

  • vampchick21

    So by interpretation, he’s homophobic with no plans to change.

  • SonuvaScrimbro

    “I’m not going to change the way I am.” I’m sure that line went over great at his last intervention, too.

    How sad that he can’t even bring himself to raise one stupid flag and make all this a non-issue. At least he’s showing some respect for our intelligence and not using “family time” as his excuse for why he won’t show up for any of the nine days of events.

    But what a sad comment on his pennywise/pound foolish approach to life: he’s trying to keep the supporters for whom his stance against homosexuality is an issue, at the cost of having any chance to take credit for a massive event that will bring in hundreds of millions to the local economy.

    • tyrannosaurus_rek

      I don’t think it has anything to do with his supporters, he’s just a bigot.

  • HotDang

    I’ve never gone to a Pride parade. So I’m not going to change the way I am.

    I question the use of the word “so” here. It implies that the first thought implies the second, but it does not.

    • tyrannosaurus_rek

      For a simpleton like him, it does.

      • HotDang

        Appeal to tradition is different; in that case he’d say something like “I’ve never been, so I’m going to continue not going.”

        But that’s not what he said. He implied that not having attended means that he’s not going to change. It makes even less sense.

        • StewieTO

          Nobody has ever accused Rob Ford of having any degree of literacy. Indeed, he wants to close the lie-berries for the benefit of “the taxpayers of this great city”, In Frod’s substandard brain, “I had plenty to eat at home this morning, so Subways, Subways, Subways!” makes perfect sense.

  • Welshgrrl

    So I guess he can’t change being a wife-beating racist addict either

    • dsmithhfx

      “He can’t change” kind of sums him up.

      • Dinah Might

        He was BORN THIS WAAAAY!!!
        *Gaga claw*

        • dsmithhfx

          You gotta wonder what he’s so afraid of…

          • tyrannosaurus_rek

            He probably worries that if he goes someone will think he’s gay, or he might get turned gay.

  • OgtheDim

    Another example of what happens when you don’t have a professional handler to keep you on message.

  • Matt Patterson

    I love how he adds the “so” at the beginning of the third sentence as if he’s stating some kind of bizarrely illogical syllogism: Premise A, Premise B, therefore I’m not going to change the way I am.

    • Matt Patterson

      A more logical syllogism would be this: I’m homophobic as hell. There’s lots of gay people at that Pride thingy. So, I’m going to continue making up an excuse about my cottage weekend.

  • Dogma

    For anyone else, this would be tactical. He’d tally up how many gay people they are and decide how many votes he’ll lose by saying this versus how many he might gain.

    But I don’t think Ford thinks that way. He thinks he’s right or that dismissing one of the city’s communities shouldn’t be held against him

    As for not changing, I believe him. I’m inclined to believe the guy has no room for personal growth in him. I’ve yet to see any signs since he’s been mayor and I trust that’s going to continue.

    • Punned_It

      In all fairness, I doubt Rob was counting on any votes from the gay community. Ford Nation generally shares his views, so it might win him back a few. sigh

  • Ian Coutts

    Really, nobody should be surprised that Rob Ford is homophobic, as well as being mysogynistic and xenophobic, not to mention narcissistic. Robbo has never been known for thinking clearly or making good decisions.

    • wklis

      Those are big words for Rob Ford.

  • TristanTerrific

    What a closed minded fool.

  • bobloblawbloblawblah

    “So I’m not going to change who I am”

    Therein is the problem.

  • rdi

    I was recently reminded that cottaging is UK gay slang for cruising in public washrooms. This amuses me more than it should.

  • JanMac

    What an odd time to choose to tell the truth. Too bad he won’t do so more often.

    • bobloblawbloblawblah

      May 16, 2013 would’ve been a good day to tell the truth too. Ford could’ve admitted the crack scandal stuff and said “y’know, maybe I should do a little rehab”. Go away fro a month or so and do just that. No one could criticize him and everyone loves a guy who tries to better himself. But not Rob. His stubbornness will drag him down eventually.

    • Punned_It

      I doubt RoFo has any acquaintance with truth. He lies so much, this must have been an accident.

  • Dave

    Hey, at least he finally admitted he’s a homophobe. Much better than that lame cottage excuse he kept using.

    • Punned_It

      I wouldn’t call him a homophobe. It’s just simple prejudice and hate – not fear.

      • dsmithhfx

        He’s afraid. He’s very, very afraid. That much is obvious.

  • vampchick21

    Want to be even more disgusted? Go The National Post. Read article about the ever wise and sober Doug Ford’s thoughts. Then read the reader comments.

    I’m going to go curse humanity now.

  • Punned_It

    Dear Rob,
    There’s a reason why your job makes you a PUBLIC servant. It means that whatever your personal feelings, you support things that are good for the city; like events that bring in hundreds of millions. To put Pride in financial perspective here are figures for economic impact of some Toronto events:
    Nuit Blanche $40 million
    CNE $58 million
    TIFF $189 million
    Pride $286 million (last year – who knows what world pride will bring)

    Why would a Mayor, who campaigns on his financial and economic record, not support the single event that has the highest impact on the economy?

    • vampchick21

      Because buck naked men. Apparently.

    • OgtheDim

      Cause it makes him squirm…and he doesn’t believe stuff like economic impact statements. He trusts his gut, which tells him that CFL football does more then everything else combined.

    • Paul Kishimoto

      Caribana ~$438 million?

      Unlike buck-naked men, women in mas costumes are cool by Robbie.

  • Joe Clark

    I would put somewhat less stock in the power and majesty of WorldPride.