Rob Ford merchandise is becoming a big business. There are Rob Ford bobbleheads, some of which are now selling for upwards of $300 on eBay, Rob Ford burgers and hot dogs, and of course, Rob Ford t-shirts.
But one company is unhappy about this development: Ford Motor Co., which is busily trying to distance itself from the embattled Toronto mayor after “Ford Nation” t-shirts, featuring the automaker’s signature oval blue wordmark, started appearing this week.
Mayor Ford reportedly signed such t-shirts at a United Way charity event earlier this week.
Woman in Ford Nation shirt. pic.twitter.com/a39H8IhJyE— Jackson Proskow (@JProskowGlobal) November 12, 2013
“Ford did not grant permission for use of its logo,” Jay Cooney, a company spokesman, told Bloomberg News. “We view it as an unauthorized use of our trademark and have asked it to be stopped.”
The company took to twitter to complain as well:
Ford Motor Company did not grant permission for the use of its logo and thank you for bringing this to our attention.— Ford Canada (@FordCanada) November 12, 2013
The t-shirts were apparently made by Rob Ford supporters, and weren’t officially sanctioned by the mayor or the city of Toronto.
As Bloomberg reports, Ford only recently regained control of its logo, after putting it up as collateral for a $23.4-billion loan it took out in 2006, to help it weather hard times in the auto industry.
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