Rob Ford respects the legends. Nearly two months after he was caught moving awkwardly to a live rendition of Bob Marley's "One Love," the Toronto mayor has declared Feb. 6—Marley's birthday"Bob Marley Day" in the city.

                                        

Ford explained his motivation in a statement:

Whereas each year on February 6, we honour the legacy of Robert (Bob) Nesta Marley, an influential musician, advocate for human rights and international ambassador of peace.

His early career began with friends, the legendary Wailers, "Bob Marley and the Wailers." His music captivated people of all cultures, broke music barriers and helped introduce reggae music to the world.

Bob Marley became one of the greatest ambassadors of peace the world has seen. He used music to tear down the walls of apartheid and promoted African unity, culture and world peace both at home and internationally, with songs like One Love and Africa Unite. Today, his music continues to be loved by many and is instantly recognized around the world.

Now therefore, I, Mayor Rob Ford, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 6, 2014 as "Bob Marley Day" in the City of Toronto.

Remarkably, Ford has continued to amass respect while getting simultaneously caught up in illicit activity. If he emerges unscathed, he's the new Teflon Don. In the interim, remember the legacy of the great Bob Marley. Also, even though the image above is clearly fake, that doesn't make it any less brilliant or hilarious.

[via The Globe and Mail]

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