Mayor Rob Ford’s latest scandal has gone Hollywood.
The salacious story of Ford’s alleged crack cocaine use dominated the news cycle Friday across Canada as media sought answers to the newest controversy to rock Toronto’s Mayor this year.
International media organizations from the U.S. to England to Italy to New Zealand, even the Hollywood Reporter, have picked up on the beleaguered mayor and his latest scandal.
And not just headlines, but even a satirical, short animated film, loosely based on Ford’s alleged escapades found its way onto the Internet in the hours after the news broke late Thursday.
New York Magazine posted a long feature about Ford’s troubled history as a city politician. Titled “19 things worth knowing about Toronto’s crack-smoking mayor, Rob Ford”it lists a chronological rundown of the mayor’s repeated run-ins with the law, residents, reporters and former mayoral candidates.
Headlines in London focused on the severity of the allegations against the mayor and how Ford, despite the media frenzy Friday, failed to address head-on the contents of the video or the media reports.
Numerous media organizations, including the Guardian, Fox News and ABC News have all linked Ford’s situation with that of former Washington mayor Marion Barry. He was arrested in 1993 after police caught him on video smoking crack cocaine at a downtown hotel.
However, Barry saidthe situations were not comparable, considering he was caught in a sting operation, not allegedly by someone using a smartphone.
The two-minute animated video created by Next Media Animation depicts Ford smoking crack and partying with a hockey player in a Maple Leafs jersey and a Mountie.
It also depicts a drive-by shooting involving a panda bear.