Jan 22, 2014 | G-BLOG | 0 comments

Yes He Was Drunk!: Rob Ford Speaking Jamaican Patois… Oh No!

Rob Ford is in the hot seat again after the Toronto Mayor was captured on camera at the Steak Queen restaurant in Etobicoke speaking Jamaican ‘Patois’. Throughout much of the video Ford attempts to use Jamaican slang, (much of his words he spoke were profanity in the Jamaican dialect). His attempt was …surprisingly okay, and some things are clearly audible!
After his numerous pledges in 2013 to stop drinking alcohol, Ford admitted that he was drinking alcohol on Monday night, “A little bit, yeah,” he told reporters. The Toronto Mayor reassures the public that he was not trying to be offensive, “I met some friends. If I speak that way, that’s how I speak with some of my friends and no, I don’t think it’s discriminative at all,” he said. “It’s my own time.”
In the clip he is seen standing at the counter as he speaks to a group of people, “They’re chasing me around five months…”, “…We’re counter-surveiling the guy, you know what I mean? He’s hiding here, Imma hide here…” said Ford in the video. He also repeatedly uses the word “bumbaclot”, a word which many Jamaicans use as a substitute for the F word.
At the end of video a bystander approaches Ford and says, “This guy deserves to be better than Stephen Harper.” Ford replies, “I am a straight-up guy…who goes to TCH…James Town, and Jane and Finch?…”
Here’s a clip of Rob Ford speaking Jamaican patois.
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Watch the Toronto Mayor’s response to the video.
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G98.7 FM listeners do you think Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was being offensive to members of our Jamaican community?
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