When does a Tweet cross the line?
When it involves "hot chicks" and a city councillor.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford wants an apology for comments made on Monday by Councillor John Parker on his Twitter account.
The comments, which were quickly taken down, involve a morning event held by Heritage Toronto to unveil plaques honouring eight artists, thinkers and scientists. In a Twitter posting following that event the Councillor for Don Valley West referred to some "hot chicks" he met there.
"It's inappropriate," the mayor said Monday afternoon.. "I'll talk to John. I'm sure he'll apologize."
Mr. Parker said the remarks were not meant to offend and has no plans to make an apology. "I'm not sure that the words were the best ones for the occasion and I was happy to withdraw them," he told reporters outside his office. "The words are down and the words were meant in good fun and good faith and no harm was intended and as far as I'm aware no offence has been taken. I am just sorry that any of this distracts anyone from the importance of the day's event."
Asked if he had learned a lesson about the use of Twitter, Mr. Parker said that would depend on his treatment by the press.
"If the lesson of the day is you can't have any fun around here, then no one is going to have any fun," he said. "If people are going to look for ways to take offence in circumstances where no offence is intended and no offence has been taken, if third parties insist on finding offence on their own, that's a sad day for all of us."Report Typo/Error