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May 24, 2018
May 24, 2018 8:24 PM EDT
The Facebook pictures show he was there.
A woman in one of the pictures with him says he was there.
But when it comes to having been the featured celebrity attraction at an “exotic sports entertainment show,” involved oil, wrestling and women, the one time boxing champion turned NDP candidate for Kitchener South-Hespeler, Fitz “The Whip” Vanderpool, took a dive.
Vanderpool, the NDP candidate for Kitchener South-Hespeler, told the Toronto Sun he didn’t know anything about the Female Oil Wrestling Federation or its 2013 event at the Capers Sports bar in Kitchener that his boxing gym reportedly sponsored.
“There must be another one,” the boxing icon told the Toronto’s Sun’s Sue-Ann Levy Wednesday, adding he’s “not sure what (the Female Oil Wrestling Federation) was.”
Another Fitz “The Whip” Vanderpool?
Then on Thursday, The Whip threw in the towel.
“When first contacted, he didn’t immediately recognize which event was being referred to (it was 5 years ago),” an NDP spokesman told the Sun. “As you know, he was a professional boxer and event promoter for many years. Costumes are a part of the industry for men and women.”
Fitz “The Whip” Vanderpool was certainly a great boxer, but this night in 2013 wasn’t about boxing or costumes, it was about a bevy of oiled-up babes wrestling in bikinis for an appreciative male audience. And Vanderpool made an impression with the lady wrestlers.
“He was definitely there, said Aliscia Costantini, a one-time model and actress and FOWF wrestler too.
She knows this because not only did she talk with him but she got a picture with him.
“I didn’t know he was famous,” she joked, further teasing, “had I known he was famous I may have paid more attention to him.”
She recalls he and his friends and group of female participants “back in the kitchen” where “they were hitting on all the girls.”
Costantini called it “harmless” and “not all rapey, or anything.”
NDP Candidate Fitzroy Vanderpool and Aliscia Costantini at FOWF Entertainment event at Capers in Kitchener in 2013. (FOWF Entertainment/Facebook/Toronto Sun)
But “I remember thinking I should get out of this kitchen, because I wasn’t feeling comfortable.”
That said, nothing untoward apparently happened. And for the open-minded there’s nothing wrong with the boxer with a 26-7 record and six belts promoting such an event.
What could be wrong was him not owning up to it.
Still, it’s interesting that the politically correct NDP, who virtue signal constantly and set politically correct standards most have a difficult time meeting, have fielded a candidate who apparently participated at an event featuring oiled up women grappling in a ring while being ogled by beer-swilling men.
It’s not about oil wrestling. It’s about hypocrisy.
For Costantini it’s about honesty.
“He lied,” she said. “But all politicians lie.”
Meanwhile, Vanderpool also found himself backpedaling on another front when the Liberals accused NDP leader Andrea Horwath of secretly running a “social conservative” candidate in the riding.
“Kitchener South-Hespeler candidate Fitz Vanderpool doesn’t support same-sex marriage,” said the Liberal release. “During his last run for public office, the former boxer was endorsed by Jack Fonseca of the Campaign Life coalition for his support of the “traditional” definition of marriage.”
Vanderpool did respond in that case, by denying he opposes same-sex marriage.
“I regret that I was unclear in 2006 about my position on equal marriage rights. I apologize unreservedly. I want to be very clear now – I completely support marriage equality for everyone, including same-sex couples,” he said in a statement.
Politics is a bare-knuckle game. And the former champ just got tagged.
WARMINGTON: Witness places NDP candidate at female oil wrestling match | Toronto Sun
LEVY: NDP candidate mum on promoting Female Oil Wrestling
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May 24, 2018
May 24, 2018 4:47 PM EDT
You might say this NDP campaign gives a whole new meaning to a well-oiled machine.
Former championship pro boxer Fitz “The Whip” Vanderpool — who is running for the virtue-signalling anti-misogyny, pro-women NDP in Kitchener South-Hespeler — returned to a ring of a different variety when he was the featured heavyweight at a series of Female Oil Wrestling Federation (FOWF) events in April 2013.
The Facebook materials show Vanderpool posing with a bevy of FOWF oily knockouts on at least two occasions during the “exotic sports entertainment show” which was held at a Kitchener sports bar called Capers.
With six boxing titles and a 26-7-4 record to his credit, the professional boxer, author of “The Fighter Within” and motivational speaker — who retired for good in 2014 — used his appearances with the oily divas to promote The WHIP Boxing and Fitness, his Waterloo gym, said to be a sponsor of the FOWF Kitchener events.
On its Facebook page, FOWF is described as “Canada’s largest exotic sports entertainment show” — aka “Slip Slidin Showdown.”
The oily divas who wrestle are characterized as “far more than your ordinary run of the mill performers … highly energized and entertaining” who employ “talent combined with … props” to create a “truly memorable evening of good all around entertainment.”
Reached at his Waterloo Boxing Academy — which is next door to his gym — Vanderpool claimed not to know what I was talking about, subsequently stating there is another “Fitz the Whip.”
“There must be another one,” he said, indicating he doesn’t know where the other might exist and responding “no” when I asked him if he had a twin brother.
Female Oil Wrestling Federation (Facebook)
Female Oil Wrestling Federation (Facebook)
I asked him three more times if it was him and if he wanted to comment on this apparent disconnect with the values espoused by the party for which he is a candidate.
He said he’s “not sure what it (the FOWF event) was.” He then promised to get back to me “in a sec” because another interview was waiting. I gave him all of my details but he never called back.
Ditto for the media spokesmen for the NDP campaign, who in the past few days refuse to acknowledge my requests for comment on their growing list of controversial candidates, including Jessica Bell, who is running in the downtown Toronto riding of University-Rosedale.
When Bell appeared at media scrum last week with NDP leader Andrea Horwath, she contended that her entire Facebook and Twitter account was “carefully reviewed (a year ago) to ensure that there’s nothing untoward.”
She told the media she deleted her personal Facebook page so that people could find her actual politician page as opposed to pix of her kids.
I suspect she was either told to remove her Facebook page and Twitter pronouncements or it was done for her, seeing as the climate justice organizer and social justice warrior co-wrote two manuals for The Ruckus Society (the name speaks for itself) on activism, among other things..
One manual called “Security Culture for Activists” gives those engaged in activism or civil disobedience tips for protecting themselves from the cops, governments and corporations.
The second handbook, entitled “Action Strategy … a how-to guide” (on how to take action and change the world) proposes and endorses such strategies as haunting, bird dogging or taunting officials; political mourning; consumers’ boycotts; speak-ins or meeting disruption; sitdowns; liveins; non-cooperation with deportation; civil disobedience of laws; occupation; obstruction; blockades; tree sits; nonviolent land seizure and seizure of assets.
Bell did not respond to efforts to reach her by phone and by e-mail.
LEVY: NDP candidate mum on promoting Female Oil Wrestling | Toronto Sun
Aliscia Costantini at FOWF Entertainment event at Capers in Kitchener in 2013. FOWF Entertainment/Facebook/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network
FOWF Entertainment event in Kitchener | Toronto Sun