Canada’s notorious mayor Rob Ford has expressed his opposition for the Sochi Olympic pride flag at Toronto’s City Hall.
Ford’s disapproval has triggered a negative backlash at home and abroad but that’s nothing new, as he seems to have a knack for it.
Waye Mason, a councilor for downtown Halifax, even went as far as calling him a “douchebag” quite publically.
Many feel the same way and are equally open to voice their criticism.
"I'm sorry that Rob Ford has decided to align himself with Vladimir Putin" Cllr John Parker on Mayor Rob Ford's Pride flag flap #TOpoli— Don Peat (@reporterdonpeat) February 7, 2014
A lot of guys can be on the wrong side of history, it takes a man like Rob Ford to be on the wrong side of today. pic.twitter.com/1NFmZWXtKa— Tabatha Southey (@TabathaSouthey) February 7, 2014
If Rob Ford gets the Pride flag taken down, I think we only really have one choice, and that choice is obvious. pic.twitter.com/3iOarXn6a8— Steph Guthrie (@amirightfolks) February 7, 2014
To be fair to Rob Ford... the last time he was near a rainbow flag resulted in a very unflattering photo pic.twitter.com/n8SsN8d4Ph— Duncan Idunno (@DuncanIdunno) February 7, 2014
The coke-smoking, jaywalking and highly controversial mayor said that the Olympics were about patriotism, not sexual preference.
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The host country has also faced a lot of criticism in months leading up to the event for its anti-homosexual laws.
Several Canadian cities decided to fly rainbow flags outside their city halls to show support for Russia's LGBT community but Toronto’s not-so-holier-than-thou Mayor reportedly demanded that city officials strip down its rainbow.
"This is about being patriotic to your country; this is not about someone's sexual preference. No, I do not agree with putting out a rainbow flag," he told reporters at city hall. “Let Russia do what they want,” he added.
Thankfully it's not his decision to have the flag taken down. The man with any authority in this regard is Toronto city’s protocol officer and he stands behind the decision to keep the gay pride flag on the city hall`s "courtesy" pole.
The pole has hailed many flags supporting diverse causes including autism and fair trade.
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