Doug ford apologizes for on-air racist gaffe


mentalfloss
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Doug ford apologizes for on-air gaffe

Toronto Councillor Doug Ford has apologized after using an anti-Polish slur on his Newstalk 1010 radio show with his brother Mayor Rob Ford. While discussing the Euro 2012 soccer championship, Councillor Ford told his brother: "You're married to the Polack, so you gotta cheer for the Polish team." The mayor's wife, Renata, is of Polish descent. The mayor did not seem offended by the word, saying simply that his wife is not a big sports fan. Toward the end of the show, Councillor Ford apologized for using the word "Polack," which is widely perceived as being discriminatory. "Rob, you're going home with your Polish little princess. I'm sure I'm in trouble. I want to apologize to my extended Polish family.... I didn't realize it was derogatory. But anyways, my sincerest apologies, because I love our Polish friends."

Doug ford apologizes for on-air gaffe
 
MapleDog
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Another big story about a minor thing.
will they wake the frak up i think some still ay wop(sp) when they talk about italians or frogs when speacking of french or french quebecers,do any of them freak out NO

Message to the political correctness police, GET A LIFE
 
Locutus
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Don't know how 'big' a story it is...

To some I guess, but it is a minor thing. That's for sure.
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by MapleDogView Post

Another big story about a minor thing.
will they wake the frak up i think some still ay wop(sp) when they talk about italians or frogs when speacking of french or french quebecers,do any of them freak out NO

Message to the political correctness police, GET A LIFE

Meh.

I don't really care myself. My parents are Italian and hearing wop, greaseball and other derogatory crap is just fridge buzz now, but Dougie should probably know that there will be people out there who are legitimately offended.

Not a smart move on his part, that's for sure.
 
Machjo
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Doug ford apologizes for on-air gaffe

Toronto Councillor Doug Ford has apologized after using an anti-Polish slur on his Newstalk 1010 radio show with his brother Mayor Rob Ford. While discussing the Euro 2012 soccer championship, Councillor Ford told his brother: "You're married to the Polack, so you gotta cheer for the Polish team." The mayor's wife, Renata, is of Polish descent. The mayor did not seem offended by the word, saying simply that his wife is not a big sports fan. Toward the end of the show, Councillor Ford apologized for using the word "Polack," which is widely perceived as being discriminatory. "Rob, you're going home with your Polish little princess. I'm sure I'm in trouble. I want to apologize to my extended Polish family.... I didn't realize it was derogatory. But anyways, my sincerest apologies, because I love our Polish friends."

Doug ford apologizes for on-air gaffe

He made a mistake and apologized. Case closed.

Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Meh.

I don't really care myself. My parents are Italian and hearing wop, greaseball and other derogatory crap is just fridge buzz now, but Dougie should probably know that there will be people out there who are legitimately offended.

Not a smart move on his part, that's for sure.

Apologizing for a mistake is not a smart move?
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by MachjoView Post

Apologizing for a mistake is not a smart move?

Making the mistake is not a smart move.
 
Machjo
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Making the mistake is not a smart move.

OK. If he could somehow go back in time to retract it and he didn't, that would be an issue. He cannot go back in time to retract it therefore apologizing is about the best he can do. Add to that that it appears that he was not aware it was a racist slur. Intent counts too.
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by MachjoView Post

OK. If he could somehow go back in time to retract it and he didn't, that would be an issue. He cannot go back in time to retract it therefore apologizing is about the best he can do. Add to that that it appears that he was not aware it was a racist slur. Intent counts too.

Of course.

I don't personally take any offense to it, but I know that in T.O., people are very sensitive to this kind of stuff. It's like the pride thing - even if it is not a major duty for the administration, people will take that into judgement.
 
Locutus
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But then it wouldn't qualify as an 'attack the right' story.


"Doug Ford almost did something stupid today but stopped short".

 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by LocutusView Post



But then it wouldn't qualify as an 'attack the right' story.


"Doug Ford almost did something stupid today but stopped short".

I can't help it if most of the stupidity comes from that side of the political spectrum.
 
Machjo
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Of course.

I don't personally take any offense to it, but I know that in T.O., people are very sensitive to this kind of stuff. It's like the pride thing - even if it is not a major duty for the administration, people will take that into judgement.

I'm not denying that "Polak" is derogatory. However, I think most Torontonians will consider that he did appear not to be aware of that fact. I'll still give Torontonians credit for that at least.
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by MachjoView Post

I'm not denying that "Polak" is derogatory. However, I think most Torontonians will consider that he did appear not to be aware of that fact. I'll still give Torontonians credit for that at least.

Right.

Which is why he's as tactful as Archie Bunker.
 
MapleDog
Free Thinker
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Right.

Which is why he's as tactful as Archie Bunker.

LOL today we could not see a show like that being made,people would go apesh*t over it,and burn whoever had the main role in effigy.
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by MapleDogView Post

LOL today we could not see a show like that being made,people would go apesh*t over it,and burn whoever had the main role in effigy.

I don't know about that.. it's clear that the piece is satire. It's one thing if a slimeball politician says it and another if it appears as some form of media with that kind of intended purpose.
 
Machjo
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Right.

Which is why he's as tactful as Archie Bunker.

OK, I will agree he certainly has much room for improvement on the tact department. As a rule, you don't use a word if you don't know its register.
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Of course.

I don't personally take any offense to it, but I know that in T.O., people are very sensitive to this kind of stuff. It's like the pride thing - even if it is not a major duty for the administration, people will take that into judgement.

Some people in T.O. are. I would suggest that those that are probably need to get a life.
 
jariax
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Doug ford apologizes for on-air gaffe

Toronto Councillor Doug Ford has apologized after using an anti-Polish slur on his Newstalk 1010 radio show with his brother Mayor Rob Ford. While discussing the Euro 2012 soccer championship, Councillor Ford told his brother: "You're married to the Polack, so you gotta cheer for the Polish team." The mayor's wife, Renata, is of Polish descent. The mayor did not seem offended by the word, saying simply that his wife is not a big sports fan. Toward the end of the show, Councillor Ford apologized for using the word "Polack," which is widely perceived as being discriminatory. "Rob, you're going home with your Polish little princess. I'm sure I'm in trouble. I want to apologize to my extended Polish family.... I didn't realize it was derogatory. But anyways, my sincerest apologies, because I love our Polish friends."

Doug ford apologizes for on-air gaffe

This is a non-story.
The Fords are not politically correct. The voters didn't care at the polls, and they don't care now.

Pollack is not "politically correct", but one would have to try very hard to be offended by such a term, particularly when Doug's sister in law is from Poland. Anyone without bias, could tell that this was meant as a good-natured ribbing.
 
Walter
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When did Polak beome derogatory? I'm a Kraut; big fukking deal.
 
CDNBear
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

I can't help it if most of the stupidity comes from that side of the political spectrum.

And enacting a green initiative by-law, that padded the accounts of major food chains was smart?

Hmmm, tell me again why your perception shouldn't be described as skewed or biased?

Quote: Originally Posted by IdRatherBeSkiingView Post

Some people in T.O. are. I would suggest that those that are probably need to get a life.

I think his opinion that people in Toronto are overly sensitive, is projection. If not, it certainly isn't a smart move to generalize the whole of Toronto in such a derogatory way.
 
Nuggler
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...........I thought it was spelled "Pollock"...........or is that the fish?
 
L Gilbert
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lol I am sure his apology was sincere.
 

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