Krista Ford’s apology

- August 30th, 2012

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Krista Ford, the niece of Mayor Rob Ford and daughter of Councillor Doug Ford, was in hot water Thursday after she tweeted “Stay alert, walk tall, carry mace, take self-defence classes & don’t dress like a whore. #DontBeAVictim #StreetSmart” late Wednesday (story here).

Just before 1 p.m. Thursday, Ford took to Twitter to apologize for causing such alarm (see tweet above). She also sent a statement to the Sun with a further explanation.

Here is Ford’s full statement:

I’ve learned a ton over my short 21 years of life, but at the end of the day I am the first one to promote healthy living and an active lifestyle for women.

I started boxing competitively when I was 14 for the love of the sport, and soon after started kickboxing as I believe every women should be able to defend herself.

Being aware of your surroundings and avoid putting yourself in dangerous situations such as walking alone at night may decrease your likelihood of being a victim.

I didn’t mean to cause such an alarm and I apologize if I did. I just want women to be safe.

What I meant to say was that women should take measures to protect themselves and be very careful not to place themselves or allow themselves to be placed in vulnerable positions that may (compromise) their safety.

It’s important that the public knows that my comments do not reflect my family’s beliefs.

 

Note: Ford’s statement originally stated “compensate their safety” rather than “compromise their safety”. She has since confirmed she meant to say compromise so we’ve made the correction in the above statement.

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9 comments

  1. Douglas says:

    Compensate their safety?

    Does she mean “compromise their safety”?

  2. Fordfest says:

    So in her mind women should all wear berka’, or niqab?

    Wearing the berka’, or niqab, or forehead veil by Muslim woman is not an obligation per religion. However, wearing it is not prohibited p religion. It is a matter of local traditions and cultures. In other words, it is found to be popular in some countries while not in others, according to a specific area’s tradition. As for the Islamic belief, it is to be favored only if a woman fears to be harmed or to cause harm for others if she is very beautiful, for example.

    Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_do_Muslim_women_wear_berkas#ixzz253HCzJ5g

  3. Joe says:

    The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree I guess…

  4. Wilma de Bruyn says:

    In my view……there is a “time” and “place” for dress codes. But unfortunately in our so called modern society, some individual’s prefer to display their wares more than others.
    Sometimes it’s not always, “what’s up front that counts”…….having stated that, it appears men are
    visual human beings and some wares that attract men to women is how they are displayed.

    With a majority of clothes appearing to be outsourced from Canada, perhaps that is where the problem lies…….less material, cheap labour, clothes prices too expensive. Could it be that the CEO’S just wish to have too much “profit”?

    Perhaps there should be more Canadian Companies attempting to dress Canadians more attractively……

  5. Dave Richards says:

    What can you really expect from a Ford.

  6. J Pillo says:

    She shouldn’t have to apologize for voicing her opinion. You may not agree with her, but, just as you have the right to state your opinion, she has hers.

  7. Realist says:

    She has no self control. If you are able to write something with thought after the fact, then maybe you should have enough control beforehand to utter something more appropriate than she did. Go away Krista, you are not famous and tweeting to gain attention is ridiculous, do you have any self esteeem??????????

  8. Susy Carinci says:

    This is the thing…. Where WE all have a Problem with Krista’s Statement is She said, Don’t Dress Like A Whore!!!! This comes from a Woman that wants to play Lingerie Football???? Are you kidding Me? Everyone is entitled to their own Opinions however, the Don’t Dress Like A Whore Part is NOT an Opinion. Who the **** Does She think She is??? Honestly Krista, here’s one for you …. “THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK”

  9. Vin says:

    “She shouldn’t have to apologize for voicing her opinion. You may not agree with her, but, just as you have the right to state your opinion, she has hers.”

    …and my opinion is that she shouild have to apologize.

    You just said we have a right to our opinions, correct?

    If one can’t or won’t defend statements they post to a public medium, perhaps they shouldn’t post them.

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