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Toronto Mayor Embroiled In Crack Scandal Has History Of Doing Insane Things

If you've never heard of Rob Ford before, you're in for a treat.

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This is Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in a photo provided to the Toronto Star by men who have a video purporting to show Ford smoking crack cocaine.


In the video, the man who looks and sounds like Ford calls a rival politician a "fag" and says the high school football team he coaches are "just fucking minorities."

The video was being peddled by Somali men who claim to have sold crack to Ford. They tried to sell the video to the Star after reports that Ford had been removed from a party for acting under the influence of unknown substances.

The Star refused to buy the video, and representatives from Ford's office told Gawker that reports of the mayor smoking crack are "false and defamatory." That hasn't stopped Taiwanese animators from recreating the video, however.

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Ford has also been busted for drunk driving, got in trouble for saying the word "Orientals," and was famously ejected from a Toronto Maple Leafs game for drunkenly asking a man, "Do you want your little wife to go over to Iran and get raped and shot?"

Gavon Laessig is a deputy news director and front page editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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