Toronto councillor says Rob Ford 'Jeopardy!' clue was 'inappropriate'
Published Friday, January 24, 2014 8:54AM EST
Last Updated Friday, January 24, 2014 11:34AM EST
A Toronto city councillor says a clue that referenced Mayor Rob Ford on the game show "Jeopardy!" was "inappropriate," given that it's a family program.
Coun. David Shiner said Thursday night's "Jeopardy!" challenge on the subject of the mayor's admitted drug use should not have been part of the show.
"To have issues or questions up on 'Jeopardy!', I don’t think it's right talking about crack, scandals and drinking of a mayor in the city of Toronto," the Ward 24 councillor told CP24 on Friday. "That’s an inappropriate question for the show itself to put up."
Shiner also lamented that Toronto is being talked about in such a negative light.
"It's unfortunate that that’s what we are being thought of around the world now," he said.
On Thursday, Sudbury, Ont.-born host Alex Trebek, revealed the following clue under the "scandal" category: "In 2013 Rob Ford, mayor of this 4th-largest city in N. America said he smoked weed, no crack…then yes, ok, crack, too."
Contestant Chip quickly chimed in with the $800 answer, "What is Toronto?"
The challenge refers to Ford's admission last year, that he did smoke crack cocaine, "probably in one of my drunken stupors."
Trebek responds, "Yes, that's the city," before moving onto the next question.
But on Twitter, the question elicited more of a reaction, with many Canadians noting the controversial mayor has made the Ontario capital famous.
Rob Ford's crack scandal was just a clue in Jeopardy. Toronto we have officially made it in the big leagues.— Melanie Elliott (@MelanieMElliott) January 24, 2014
FLASH! Rob Ford topic of question on "Jeopardy"; contestants baffled by references to "Purple Jesus" and "bumbaclot."— CC (@canadiancynic) January 24, 2014