"C*ck Sucker" - Mayor Rob Ford
After a video surfaced yesterday of Mayor Rob Ford at an Etobicoke eatery (the Steak Queen) in the early hours of Tuesday Jan. 21st, visually intoxicated, speaking at times in Jamaican patois and calling Toronto police chief Bill Blair a “c*ck sucker”, Mayor Ford responded to video:
“I said 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. It’s my own time, it’s my own time," (source)
Perhaps Rob Ford was so drunk that he doesn’t remember what he said, one of his blackouts #inadrunkenstupor. Perhaps he hadn’t seen the video that he was speaking to the press about. Or perhaps Mayor Ford simply doesn’t understand that calling someone a “c*ck sucker” is offensive and homophobic.
Maybe Ford is just so stupid that he doesn’t understand how that can be seen as homophobic. If trying to belittle another man by saying that he engages in oral sex with other men as an insult in his mind is not offensive and homophobic then he’s seriously on crack.
What truly gets me though is that Mayor Ford was irate when a reporter called him a “fat f*ck”. He clearly took great offense to that, as shown in the video below. But yet he can call someone homophobic slurs and that’s supposed to be okay?
I also take great offense to the fact that the media has not made a bigger deal about this. If a politician of a major US city made that comment the media outlets south of the border would be raking him over the coals right now. There would be outcry and demands for an apology to the Queer community. Yet here so little has been mentioned regarding it and I have heard only one reporter pose a question about it. Passive homophobia, allowing these comments to go unchecked, can be just as bad as the person making the comments.
The media outlets in Toronto should be ashamed of themselves, as should Rob Ford.
The Queer community deserves an apology both from Rob Ford for his comments and from the media outlets for ignoring them.