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Former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson is claiming that Rob Ford is “the best mayor in Toronto’s history”. When asked about Ford’s past, Tyson seemed to point the finger at the media for the mayor’s problems.
He has a troubled past because he has 24-hour surveillance of the press,” Tyson said.
“Do you prefer him to be a guy that’s clean cut, but behind the door you never know what he’s doing? That’s what human beings have a problem with – being real with themselves. We all make mistakes – he’s a human being, he’s no different from anybody else.”
Tyson, who will perform his one-man show “Undisputed Truth” at the Air Canada Centre on Wednesday, showed up at city shortly after 2 p.m.
Along with Tyson, recent months have seen disgraced Olympic sprinter Ben Johnson, rapper Snow and magician David Blaine show their support for Ford
While most of Hollywood is in town, gracing Toronto with their star studded presence, not only are we receiving their glamour, we’ve also been getting a taste of their political opinions.
American filmmaker Michael Moore said earlier this week that it is time for Toronto to elect a different mayor.
While speaking of Rob Ford’s “train wreck “ as mayor with the Toronto Sun, Moore said “It’s funny for a while, and then it wasn’t funny. And now it’s really NOT funny! Okay, we got the joke. Now it’s got to be over!”
When asked if he were a Toronto resident, would he ever vote for Ford himself, Moore was quick to answer: “Oh God, no! No!”
Moore also said he is surprised that Ford was even elected in the first place. “The bigger question should be: why, in the first place, did Toronto elect someone from the wrong party? Someone who is more conservative. This is not a conservative town. This is a liberal, progressive-minded town. It’s not a town that lives in the past. So it’s odd.”
The following day, Comedy talk show host Jon Stewart came out saying he is pulling for Olivia Chow. The Daily Show host praised the Chow on the TIFF red carpet for Monday’s premiere of Rosewater, his first film he directed and co-wrote.
“From what I’ve read and seen about (Mayor) Rob Ford, there are some skeletons,” Stewart said. “I haven’t been (to City Hall) yet … but I’m going to go.”
Chow responded to his comments saying she was flattered and “won’t disappoint” him.