Who wore everyone’s favourite dress during the Oscars last night? If you have any answer other than Lupita Nyong’o, you’re incorrect, because Lupita Nyong’o should be everyone’s favourite everything. In the news, Ukrainian-Canadians showed support for their country over the weekend, Rob Ford was cavorting with celebrities and being mocked (or honoured) at Mardi Gras, and then Rob Ford was cavorting with celebrities and being mocked (or honoured) in Los Angeles. It's been a full couple of days.
On Saturday and Sunday, the Toronto branch of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress organized rallies to show support for Ukraine and to condemn Russian president Vladimir Putin’s moves against Ukraine in recent days. Putin first moved Russian troops into the contested territory of Crimea, and on Friday received unanimous support from the Federal Assembly to send troops into Ukraine. Hundreds of Ukrainians have died in recent months during protests that led to the ousting of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych, and the fate of Ukraine’s political future is unclear. With Putin’s move on Ukraine, which many view as an attempt to re-establish Soviet-era control over the country, Ukraine’s future even as an independent nation seems uncertain. One protester, Rustem Irsay, told the Toronto crowd, “We were with Ukrainian people from the time of Maidan [recent protests]. We are Ukrainian people, and we don’t want anyone to tell us what decisions to make and what to do.”
He’s famous! Again. Or, he’s more famous. It’s hard to tell anymore, but Mayor Rob Ford was spoofed via a float in Friday’s Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. The “Canadian Club” float featured Ford smoking a crack pipe and bore the mocked-up Toronto Star headlines “Mayor Ford: ‘So I smoked a little crack’” and “I was in a drunken stupor.” The parade took place just a day before Ford was set to fly to Los Angeles for a Monday-night appearance on Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night show.
It was initially thought that Mayor Rob Ford might also be putting in an appearance at the Oscars as a guest of Jimmy Kimmel’s, but that fell through–although the mayor did watch the festivities from the comfort of Kimmel’s studio and then attend a couple of after-parties with the late-night comedian. Is Ford worried about facing off against Kimmel in potentially less agreeable surroundings, i.e., the set of the show that has featured so many jokes at his expense? “I am just having fun,” said Ford. “I am not too worried. I have survived the Toronto media so I think I can survive anything.”