Roger Ebert tweets about Rob Ford, asks "Toronto?"
He once summed up George W. Bush's interest in foreign affairs thus: "Why go to Australia when you have the Outback Steakhouse right here at home?"
Ebert, a big fan of Toronto and its film festival, tweeted this Wednesday night:
"Meanwhile, Toronto elects a mayor who doesn't believe in public transit, arts funding, environment or homosexuality. Toronto?"
Pithy but not quite fair. Ford's transit plan expands the subway system. He has argued in favour of reduced arts funding but didn't campaign on wiping it out. He admits little knowledge of, or interest in, environmental issues. He has put his foot in his mouth describing AIDS victims, and says he believes in "traditional marriage", but there's no evidence he doesn't believe in homosexuality.
Ebert then tweeted again with a link to his Chicago Sun-Times blog, which has the infamous YouTube video of Ford at council in 2007 and the headline: "Bike riders are askin' for it". In the video, during capital budget deliberations about bike lanes, Ford says cyclists are "swimming with the sharks" and "My heart bleeds for 'em when I heard someone gets killed but it's their own fault at the end of the day."
Ridicule, yes, but at least it's world-class ridicule.