Seems as good a time as ever to look at this picture again. #ford #bieber #topoli pic.twitter.com/XqyNe5XdbT— Steve Ladurantaye (@sladurantaye) January 29, 2014
Seems as good a time as ever to look at this picture again. #ford #bieber #topoli pic.twitter.com/XqyNe5XdbT
"Canada has always been considered this polite place. People like Sarah McLachlan and Shania Twain have fulfilled that stereotype as seemingly nice, friendly people who don't get into a lot of trouble," said Joshua Ostroff, the Huffington Post Canada's pop culture columnist and senior editor.Ostroff said the Canadian rapper Drake got it right when he joked a couple of weeks ago on Saturday Night Live that Toronto is the kind of place where rappers are nice and the mayor smokes crack."It was a great joke because it's absolutely true. Drake is the kind of rapper you expect Canada to produce and Bieber is acting counter to our stereotypes," Ostroff said.But Ostroff worries that lumping Ford and Bieber together threatens to trivialise the mayor's actions."The people Ford has been associated with have been accused of murder. Bieber has been an idiot like many 19-year-old boys. He egged a house. He maybe drag raced after having a beer, they are all dumb things and he deserves to be pilloried for it but comparatively, he's not an adult, he's not the mayor of North America's fourth largest city and he's not actually hanging out with gangsters and the mayor of Toronto is," he said.Deport Justin BieberA side-effect of Bieber's scuffles with the law has been to remind Americans that the teen idol is not a US citizen.Advocacy groups, acutely aware of how less famous immigrants are treated upon arrest in the United States, have started an online petition with over 100 000 signatures demanding that the Obama administration "deport Justin Bieber and revoke his green card".They point out that were Bieber an American citizen, a conviction for driving under the influence or assault would be enough to get him deemed inadmissible to Canada.Errol Nazareth, a pop culture commentator for the Canadian Broadcast Corporation, says he thinks deportation is a bit much and that the whole comparison is probably being blown out of proportion."It's really just an imperfect storm of two people who seem to be up to no good at the same time. It's really just more of a circus than a statement on our reputation," Nazareth said. "Bieber is trying to project this bad boy image. They (Bieber and Ford) are both projecting weird images and it's not surprising they become the butt of jokes. They're easy targets."
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