Politicians annoy me; seriously they really do! If you’ve ever met me you’ll realise that apart from far-left wingers I hate all political careerists, not personal hatred just ideological hatred. However I found myself surprised near the end of 2013 when one day I found myself writing a letter of support to a crack smoking, “pussy eating”, right-wing, Canadian Mayor.
Here’s how I ended up at this bizarre situation: I was sitting at home as usual and watching the news, when suddenly I heard that the Mayor of Toronto had been caught on tape smoking crack, I was shocked at first but took no notice as I, like most, assumed it would be over the next day and I would never hear the story again.
The next day came; I boiled the kettle and turned on Sky, there splattered across the screen was Mayor Rob Ford surrounded by starving journalists denying he had smoked crack cocaine. It’s at this point I began to take notice of the story and for the following two weeks I had no problem keeping up to date as the world’s biggest trolls-News Channels- had all dedicated hefty time-slots to the story.
As the story went on and Rob Ford’s public humiliation became the focus of all the news outlets my anger at the shameful ethics of our media, and ourselves for craving such public humiliations, began to grow, then one day when once again I was watching the ones-and-only Sky News I saw Rob Ford’s career destroyed in an instant, as he stood before the Toronto council, a council filled with depraved councillors, who acted like starving hyenas as they all rushed to speak and take their piece out of the dignity of a their Mayor. Here before me I saw a man’s career, reputation and privacy violated for the purposes of political opportunism by his opponents and it annoyed me.
I couldn’t take the political opportunist, the social hypocrisy and media trolling anymore so I put my humanitarian empathy ahead of my own personal left wing politics and sent Mayor Rob Ford an email of support- to let him know that, just because his political and media colleagues are acting like hyenas in their attempt to destroy him doesn’t mean that ordinary decent people around the world are like that, and in my opinion most decent people would sympathise with him, whether his actions at times were right or wrong.
We need to stop allowing our media and politicians from participating in devious smear campaigns that drag in every aspect of peoples life’s for the purpose of destroying that person. If the news channels are so concerned with “internet trolling” then they should look at themselves as they’re the OG’s of trolling, the original players of mass bullying.
Below is my email to MAYOR Ford and although it took him bloody ages , in fact over a month to reply, he managed to take a moment out of the madness that currently surrounds him and an unexpectedly short reply but he replied that’s what matters (It could be his assistant but who cares? the email says it’s him)