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If there’s one good thing to come out of the increasingly bizarre series of scandals coming out of Toronto City Hall, it's the number of songs that it's produced. Rob Ford has turned into a musical comedy gold mine, inspiring everything from an opera aria to a DJ Steve Porter press conference remix. There have also been some less humorous, more cutting musical tributes to the mayor from established artists like Whitehorse and Derek Christoff.

Here is a quick rundown of some of the tunes that Ford has inspired in the last few months, as well as a bonus Rob Ford dance party.

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The Rob Ford scandal: official soundtrack

If there’s one good thing to come out of the increasingly bizarre series of scandals coming out of To…

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onlytony
#1 posted by
onlytony
on Nov 15, 2013

are we guilty of the gargantuan appetite

rob ford is being accused of

Dan L.
#2 posted by
Dan L.
on Nov 18, 2013

A new low CBC...

 

J dude
#3 posted by
J dude
on Nov 18, 2013

this is my playlist for the day!

Tydees
#4 posted by
Tydees
on Nov 18, 2013

I agree with Dan L., it is a new low...very low...maybe to the point of justifying the Conservative's action over funding for the CBC low. Yep that low!! Addictions and mental illness are diseases that should not be fodder for jokes. It does nothing positive but only continues to fuel the fire of stigma attached to such a disease. No wonder individuals suffer with the disease go into denial and and refuse to get help. YOU (CBC) should be leaders not the play yard bully in this situation. Use the situation to lead, educate and advocate for treatment not just belittle, make jokes of or show disrespect for a devastating, chronic illness.

sabinefrog
#5 posted by
sabinefrog
on Nov 18, 2013

Dan L. & Tydees, I don't understand why you're so worked up about this. You do realize that there's a difference between public figures and private persons, right? CBC Music is simply reporting the public's reaction to Ford's scandal. Do you really think there's a need to censor it, or to deny that such public reaction exists? This guy is a the mayor of a city. Do you think he should be held accountable for his actions? I'm not saying that you're wrong about the stigma attached to mental illnesses, but this is a completely different issue here. Bully is a serious issue. Applying it liberally to someone who has such power, resources, and platforms as Ford only shows disrespect to powerless and voiceless victims.

JasLex
#6 posted by
JasLex
on Nov 19, 2013

@sabinefrog

CBC is simply reporting...? Would you feel the same if the disease wasn't addiction and mental illness. What if it was any other disease that can affect cognition and behaviour such as Parkinson's Disease, or Epilepsy or Diabetes...would you still think it OK for CBC to post all the details and poke fun at it?

Society is stuck in a stigma about mental illness and addiction. It has become one of fodder and enjoyment at another person's agony. CBC has a duty to inform and educate, not berate. What better medium can surpass other sensationalists media organizations and use the opportunity wisely to educate and advocate.

Go CBC GO!!

You mentioned your thoughts on the stigma around mental illness and addictions but then went onto to support the fact that CBC is doing a duty to it's listeners by sharing the fact that someone that is mentally sick is fully accountable for his actions and sharing that with all the listening public is crucial. That thought flies in the face of compassion. Granted, he shouldn't be in office right now. He is not in his right capacity to make decisions for the City of Toronto. But that doesn't make it ok to use his illness to make him a laughing stock. If you were ill, seriously ill, would you want someone or many, to ridicule you or make you a laughing stock? Most likely not. Mental illness and addictions are a chronic and life threatening sickness. And WE as a civilized society needs to start to recognize that and stop with the sensationalism of so-called "public" individuals for the enjoyment of the those that come to gawk, ridicule and make fun of.

onlytony
#7 posted by
onlytony
on Nov 19, 2013

chomp chomp

Norlaine
#8 posted by
Norlaine
on Nov 19, 2013

You missed Funky Ford Nation by The Merge!

https://soundcloud.com/themerge-1/funky-ford-nation-radio-mix

Chris Dart
#9 posted by
Chris Dart
on Nov 19, 2013

It's been added. Thanks for your contribution.

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