Chris Bundas –
He’s the shirtless hero Toronto deserves right now. The shirtless hero Toronto needs.
An East York jogger has become that of an online legend after he stopped to shout at Rob Ford during the Canada Day parade. The sweaty jogger, who was later identified as Toronto teacher Joe Killoran, wasn’t confronting the mayor about drugs or alcohol. No, he was in search of answer to questions about racist and homophobic remarks Ford made in the past, answers for the mayor’s controversial business dealings.
“Answer the questions. People have a million questions about your lying, your corruption. You’re a corrupt, lying, racist homophobe. Answer the people’s questions!” Killoran exlaimed.
Brother Doug Ford was quick to shout back at him, saying he was part of another campaign team and needs anger management.
“I’m out for a jog, buddy, do I look like I’m with a campaign?” Killoran responded.
Killoran, a 35-year-old who teaches history, law and politics at Malvern Collegiate Institute, told the National Post it wasn’t his intention to confront the mayor while out for his jog.
“He’s going to come to East York, he’s going to come to my neighbourhood and try to prop up his campaign or get some photo ops,” Killoran said. “I didn’t think that was right when there are all these outstanding questions about him being a racist, a homophobe, feeding corruption that he hasn’t even addressed. He just shows his contempt for everybody all the time.”
The teacher told The Post he isn’t involved in any campaigns and isn’t sure who will get his vote come the October 27 election date.
“You don’t have to be some partisan maniac to be angry with this mayor,” he said.
But Doug Ford had no problem calling Killoran a “left-wing lunatic” when asked about the incident yesterday. Doug Ford told reporters at City Hall he wouldn’t let Killoran teach his dog and suggested he’s teaching students to hate the mayor.
The story was picked up by news outlets around the world and it didn’t take long for the hashtag #shirtlessjogger to trend on Twitter.
Killoran has won the people. He’s the shirtless hero Toronto needs right now.
Do you agree that ‘Jogging Joe’ is indeed a ‘Shirtless Hero’?