Jon Stewart gets serious about Rob Ford

‘Mayor Ford’s a lot of fun to ridicule. But my guess is, not a lot of fun to eulogize. And that’s where this thing is headed’


It took a New York comedian to cut through the Fog of Ford. Jon Stewart again devoted his lead-off item Tuesday night to Toronto’s mayor, and it went beyond good comedy. After Stewart showed the video of Ford’s confession to smoking crack “in one of my drunken stupors” (just a “social” crack smoker, Stewart noted), followed by a clip of the mayor’s non-resignation, the satirist got serious. I felt compelled to transcribe his sermon:

This guy’s got huge balls! “I f—-d your sister,  and I’m going to stay married to you, and I’m hoping to continue f—ing her without you finding out about it.”

You need help. And I don’t mean help carrying a case of beer down to the basement so you can get drunk enough to smoke crack.

Let me just talk to Toronto for a second …. I heard that your Mayor’s Ford’s approval ratings went up after it came out that he smoked crack. You know what this makes you as a city, Toronto? … Enablers, eh?

Now let me ask you a question. Are you waiting for this man to hit rock bottom? Are you waiting for him to … what? Text pictures of his d–k?

I don’t know you; I don’t live in your city. Mayor Ford’s a lot of fun to ridicule. But my guess is, not a lot of fun to eulogize. And that’s where this thing is headed.

Even though I will lose precious material, please go to rehab!

Will I lose jokes in the short term? Of course. But my guess is, it’s a long-term investment. You’ll be back.

Get some help.


Jon Stewart gets serious about Rob Ford

  1. As harsh as it was, the anology makes alot of sense. And thats just what Jon Stewart does, make fun of people.

    • But that’s why this was remarkable: it was NOT making fun, it was a plea. Stewart is implying that Rob Ford is headed the way of other “joke” celebrity addicts like Anna Nicole Smith or Amy Winehouse… the morgue.

      • Well it wont be the crack that kills him. People that do crack or cocain generally arn’t that heavy. But being a drunk definitely isn’t a good combination when your clearly packing a few extra pounds. Heart disease will most likely get him.

        • Generally being the key word.

  2. But where’s the clip?

  3. I think the next step for Robby is to have a little heart-to-heart with Metro Police. I’m sure they’re more than a little curious as to where he got the stuff, and who gave it to him. They likely already know the answers…. but if Robby doesn’t fess up with the info himself, he might find things getting a bit hotter….. obstruction of justice, perjury, and whatnot

    • My guess is he doesn’t talk to the police because he is more involved with the suppliers than he would care to admit. His brother was a know drug dealer back in the 80’s.

  4. “Text pictures of his d–k?” So dick is too strong a word for public consumption on Macleans?

    • I suppose Macleans want us to be left to the possibility that Jon Stewart said “text pictures of his duck.”

      • now that’s hot

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  6. Great for Maclean’s for posting a positive message in this story. And kudos to Jon Steward for giving great advice !

  7. What is Canada’s obsession with its image around the world ? And to be honest, as one who grew up in Ontario but is now a longtime American citizen, I never thought of Canada as being “good.” In Toronto there is an air of superiority whenever they talk about Americans (mixed in with a real envy of New York City.)

    Torontonians have been too smug for their own good. Let’s hope they learn about humility from this incident.

    • I think you may have something here Mercyneal!

      MR Ford (the mayor-drunk who once smoked crack) could team up with Mr Barry (the mayor-crack addict who once drank alcohol) and they could open a school teaching humility!!!

      The lessons you learned from your famous mayor have clearly been valuable to you and are readily apparent in the obvious humility in your post! So… thank you for pointing it out to Canadians!

  8. According to Hong Kong newspaper, South China News this piece of $$$/#% father and husband, has 2 school childs and a wife.
    Toronto is a world ambarrassment for Canada.