Jon Stewart, Jay Leno Mock Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Over Alleged Crack Pipe Video
As the embattled city leader avoids talking to the media about allegedly being caught inhaling on tape, he has becomes joke fodder for late night hosts.
TORONTO -- As Toronto mayor Rob Ford clams up over allegations of getting caught smoking from a crack cocaine pipe on a smartphone video now up for sale by drug dealers, Canada's largest city has become American late-night joke fodder.
Tuesday night’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart featured a montage of Ford pratfalls, including the mayor falling while throwing a football and injuring his face when walking into a TV camera.
“Don’t judge him!” Stewart urged a smirking audience when showing a Gawker website photo of Ford. “Maybe he’s cleaning up the city by smoking all the crack in it. You’re next, prostitution rings,” he added.
Then The Daily Show’s correspondents Samantha Bee and Jason Jones reported tongue-in-cheek on how the Canadian economy runs on the crack trade.
Jimmy Kimmel also mocked Ford on Jimmy Kimmel Live! as he held a faux interview via Skype with Ford look-alike Jim O’Heir and asked: “Mr. Mayor, are you saying that that was not you?”
Kimmel doesn’t get much of an answer besides fervent denials, as the impersonator at one point bounces on a hotel room bed while wearing a cape emblazoned with the letter C on the front for "Crack Man."
And The Tonight Show's Jay Leno also barreled into Ford, who has kept a low profile since dismissing the crack smoking allegation as "ridiculous" before high-tailing away from the international media circus that has descended on Toronto City Hall.
“To be fair, there’s not a lot to do in Toronto,” Leno observed, before adding Ford was “still qualified to be mayor of Washington, D.C.” That was a comic reference to Marion Barry, the former Washington D.C. mayor caught smoking crack cocaine by an FBI sting operation.
Toronto as the butt of jokes on American late night TV is not the free publicity the city’s burghers are looking for.
Ford has so far resisted calls by politicians of all stripes in Toronto to stop avoiding the issue and fully address the media over the allegations against him.
Gawker, the U.S. gossip site, has taken to Indiegogo to raise funds to purchase and broadcast the crack cocaine video in question.
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