Click here for the article as it appears on EYE WEEKLY’s official website. Originally published July 29, 2010.
Ever since Rob Ford declined to meet George Smitherman in a one-on-one debate on Newstalk 1010, Smitherman supporters have been heckling constantly on the Twittersphere. That seems to have spilled onto the streets, in the form of a man dressed in a chicken costume. We can’t help but agree with @anthsmith: “hopefully rob ford channels peter griffin and gets into an extremely long, overdramatic fight with the chicken.”
Toronto Life’s report on Chicken-Man includes some other notable instances of political prop comedy. Confirmation of Chicken-Man’s allegiance comes in a tweet from @JimRichardsShow: “G_Smitherman’s campaign has confirmed to us that the Chicken Man who is following @RobFordTeam IS a part of the Smitherman team.”
Will he or won’t he?
John Tory is one of the hottest topics in the mayoral campaign, which perhaps suggests a dearth of hot topics. Of course, the #voteTO Twittersphere reflects this with four fake John Tories (almost as many as Rob Ford).
@AcclaimJohnTory has been in the game the longest, which in Twitter terms means “since July 27.” His profile picture is a waffle: get it? @ToryTube and @NotJohnTory are birds of a feather. They’ve been responding to messages about Tory and reminding folks of his less than impressive political record (defeats to Mayor Miller, Premier McGuinty and in the Haliburton by-election). Finally, @TheRealJohnTory looks like the handy work of the same person/group that did the earlier batch of fake mayoral accounts.
If you’re interested in the real John Tory Twitter, his Newstalk 1010 show’s account is @johntoryshow. Though don’t expect much more than the upcoming schedule for his show.