Ford those who bleed Blue Oval Blue, the word “Ford” can only mean two things: the brand name of their favorite line of vehicles, or the name of the family who founded their favorite automaker. So when we begin to see the name Rob Ford on the evening news, we begin to wonder if there’s a chance he’s somehow related to the Ford (Motor Company) family.
But alas, Rob Ford isn’t related. Instead, he is the mayor of Toronto… and he’s a completely separate entity. So why has he been the topic du jour of Canadian and U.S. media for the last several weeks? Because he has recently admitted to using crack cocaine while in office, made all kinds of inappropriate public statements, and has been out of pocket (as per definition #3) in so many ways that are simply not worth our time or patience to list off here. But one thing worthy of mentioning is that Mr. Rob Ford was spotted signing his “Ford Nation” t-shirts at a United Way charity event this past Tuesday. Notably, the t-shirts had the words “Ford Nation” on them, with the word “Ford” being none other than the Blue Oval logo of the Ford Motor Company — raising questions about Ford’s relation to the automaker.
Well, FoMoCo has come out to remind people that it is not related to the mayor, while asking Mr. Ford to stop using its property. A company spokesperson provided Bloomberg with the following statement:
“Ford did not grant permission for use of its logo. We view it as an unauthorized use of our trademark and have asked it to be stopped.”
Let’s hope the mayor (for now) doesn’t continue dragging the Ford logo or the Ford name through the mud for too much longer, since the two are completely separate entities. Here’s to hoping no one will be confused by that.