Rob Ford 'Fat' Globe and Mail Article Pulled From Online Edition
An Online Globe and Mail Article With the Headline 'Rob Ford's Not Popular Despite Being Fat. He's Popular Because of it' Has Been Taken Down
The article by Stephen Marche still appeared in Saturday's print edition, but the link on the Globe and Mail website now leads to a 'page not found' message.
"The piece was taken off the site either late Friday or early Saturday by senior editors," Sylvia Stead, the paper's associate editor, explained by email on Sunday night. "However we are running a number of letters to the editor complaining about the piece tomorrow and you will see the strong reaction. While we believe strongly in freedom of speech for our writers and our readers both we also felt the piece was offensive in its language. It's also not what the election should be about."
There are apparently no plans to publish an editor's note in the print edition, and there is no explanation on the original article page at the time of publication.
OpenFile has an embedded version of the original article, which contained statements such as how 'Ford's belly is invariably the first thing you notice about him' and phrases such as 'angry fat', 'chunky', and 'mounds of fat that encircle [Ford]'.
This is because, according to Marche, fat “is the bodily equivalent of the boarded-up factories in once-industrial powerhouses like Windsor and St. Catharines and Buffalo and Cleveland. Fat in North America is work that is not being done.”
Rob Ford has responded to the article by sending out an e-mail that has been posted in full on Canada Free Press; an excerpt reads:
As you may have already heard, an article was printed in today’s Globe and Mail that I feel is one of the most vile attacks I’ve ever seen in my ten years in politics. I’ve had a fair bit of mud thrown at me in this campaign, but I never thought I’d see a reputable paper like the Globe and Mail attack me for my appearance and my weight.
I am absolutely appalled, but not entirely surprised. These personal attacks are coming because of the success of my campaign. I expected attacks like this for the simple reason that there are still many people out there who are resistant to the change I want to bring to City Hall.
The election for Mayor takes place on Monday October 25th.
What do you think of the Globe and Mail's article? Did it go too far?
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