I’m taking some license with what Diane Ford actually said about her son at the unveiling of his portrait earlier this week. However, the painting, which was created by a fellow council member at the behest of Ford’s mother, did incite some interesting comments in her:
“While I’ve had it the last few days, I stand back and I look at it, and I can see 10 different personalities — I can see all of Rob’s personalities in that picture,” she said in her own speech.
Note how she qualified the sentence by re-iterating that Rob Ford has multiple personalities.
One could probably excuse her wording if she were a newer immigrant and meant to imply that she sees Ford’s complex and vibrant character, the many sides of his personality, in the painting. But the Fords have been Canadian natives way longer than I have, so what’s their excuse?
Yes, I suppose the Fords’ magnificent ignorance could extend all the way to simple, everyday English. But Diane didn’t stop there:
The painting was temporarily moved to a part of the mayor’s office visible to the public. It will hang permanently in the Etobicoke home of Diane, who began prodding Crawford to do it three years ago.
“When it was finished,” she said, “and he brought it over, I was actually very excited, very thrilled, and when he unveiled it in my living room, it was the wow factor. Ah, I couldn’t believe it, I just couldn’t believe it. And I said to Gary, jeez, all of that colour, I mean, it’s great, but why? He says, ‘Because that’s Rob Ford. He’s very colourful.’”
Another very telling statement there. Ford’s mother was surprised by all the colours used to portray her son — clearly the “10 personalities” were not represented by any colourful and bright aspects of the painting in her mind. And this is Ford’s mother, the one person you’d expect to see their offspring through the most opaque of rose coloured glasses.
She might not have said it outright, but Diane sure did imply it: Rob Ford suffers from Dissociative identity disorder, and confirms that none of his multiple personalities are particularly bright, colourful, or cheerful.
Of course, that could just be the drugs.