Toronto Mayor Defends Kanye West

Toronto Mayor Defends Kanye West

John Tory (kind of) backs his decision to have Yeezy at Pan Am.

Published July 17, 2015

Kanye West (almost) has a friend in Canada.

Soon after it was announced that Chicago-born West will headline the 2015 Pan American Games –– held in Toronto this year –– Canadians flew into the most polite of uproars.

More than 30,000 people (as of press time) signed a petition wishing that the global sporting event would be closed out with a local performer instead.

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Toronto's mayor, John Tory, defended his decision, apparently assuming first that the complaints had something to do with West's old beef with Beck or Swift or the fact that he sometimes wears a mask. West is a "proud product of our music industry," he told CTV, before reporters let him know that Yeezy is a U.S.-bred American.

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"I wish it'd been a Canadian," Tory concluded. "I also wish I'd known he wasn't Canadian. But you can't know everything."

Especially not when it comes to West. He may have even had plans to bring out Drake for a surprise pan-American performance.

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Written by Chay Liberté

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