Since entering public office more than 10 years ago, Rob Ford has gotten himself into a number of situations as both city councillor and mayor. A new T-shirt selling on eBay now depicts one of the most famous incidents of his mayoral term.
Nearly $500 for a T-shirt of Mayor Rob Ford? Well, it’s not that kind of a T-shirt for the average supporter of the Ford Nation.
There’s a new T-shirt selling on eBay that depicts a cartoon caricature of Mayor Rob Ford, driving his car, holding a cellphone to his ear and giving you the middle finger with the words “Welcome to Toronto.”
It seems many people, most likely his electoral adversaries, want the T-shirt.
The item on eBay so far has 27 bids and is selling for $462.96 (at the time of this writing). Bestselling Canadian author Margaret Atwood will also sign the T-shirt with white ink. The closing date of the T-shirt is Jul. 26 at 5:02 p.m. EST.
“How do you top a RARE, one of a kind collectible caricature of Toronto's affable Rob Ford? Get Margaret Atwood to sign it!” the eBay description writes. “Ms. Atwood, with tongue in cheek, has signed this cultural artifact to help support her love of Toronto and her funding campaign of the Fanado mobile app.” The shirt is available in a small size “and is guaranteed to be the envy of all your friends.”
Fanado is an application for smartphones that allows people to interact with their heroes. Atwood is also the co-founder of the app.
The illustration refers to an incident that occurred last year. A woman driving in her car noticed the mayor driving and talking on his cellphone at the same time. The woman with her child apparently signalled Ford to hang up the phone while he was driving. This led the mayor to allegedly give her the middle finger.
This story captured headlines in the city for quite a while.
The Fords have history with Atwood. Last summer rookie Etobicoke Councillor Doug Ford, the mayor’s brother, said he didn’t know who Canadian literary icon was.
“Well, good luck to Margaret Atwood, I don't even know her. If she could walk by me I wouldn't even have a clue who she is,” Ford told reporters at city hall. “But she's not down here, she's not dealing with the problems, and if she did, tell her to go run in the next election and get democratically elected and we'd be more than happy to sit down and listen to Margaret Atwood.”