A screenshot of the new BlobFord.com.
Today in the Wide World of Ford (and here we’re using the word “wide” not as a jab at the councillor’s prodigious beltline, but just to indicate the fact that practically anything he touches can and will become a headline): the Rob Ford parody blog we reported on last month, which mocked Ford with juvenile slurs until Ford had his lawyers send the site’s operator a cease-and-desist letter alleging that its content was libelous, is back online under a new name.
Oliver Ogilvie, the pseudonymous author of the original blog, RobFordMayor.com (which is now offline), confirmed to us via GChat—after initially denying that he was involved—that he is the author of the new blog, BlobFord.com. The style of writing is the same: first-person blog entries written in Ogilvie’s idea of Rob Ford’s voice, and strewn liberally with references to bizarre sexual acts.
In August, Oglivie issued a public apology and removed the contents of his original site from the web not long after receiving the letter from Ford’s attorneys. He tells us that he’s heard nothing further from Ford’s camp since doing so. He said that he had actually offered to hand over the RobFordMayor.com domain to Ford’s lawyers, but that they’d refused.
Oglivie claims that the new site belongs to a third party, and that he’s merely a contributor—which is, of course, exactly what a parody blog author who was concerned about the possibility of litigation would say, whether or not it was true. Much of RobFordMayor.com’s contents have been republished on BlobFord.com, but the new site features a far more prominent disclaimer than existed on the original. Also, the posts are signed “Blob Ford,” whereas on the previous site they were signed “Rob Ford.” Ogilvie says that he’s still slightly fearful of legal reprisal.
The re-emergence of Ogilvie comes just shortly after Ford himself was threatened with a libel suit. A restaurateur, George Foulidis, took issue with Ford’s claims that “corruption and skullduggery” had characterized the City Council negotiations that led to Fouldis’ company being awarded a foodservice concession on the boardwalk at the Eastern Beaches.
And yet the Ford campaign juggernaut continues unabated. Our advice to the other mayoral candidates: get mixed up with libel accusations.
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