‘Ford Nation' T-Shirts Upset Ford Motor Co.

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Mayor Rob Ford with a Rob Ford bobblehead. Ford Motor Co. says it won't tolerate Rob Ford supporters making
Mayor Rob Ford with a Rob Ford bobblehead. Ford Motor Co. says it won't tolerate Rob Ford supporters making "Ford Nation" t-shirts featuring its logo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn)

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.

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:

The t-shirts were apparently made by Rob Ford supporters, and weren’t officially sanctioned by the mayor or the city of Toronto.

Toronto's embattled mayor admitted this week he has bought illegal drugs in the past two years, after admitting last week he had smoked crack.

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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