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Kanye West parody video starring John Tory 'withheld' over copyright

A parody video showing Toronto Mayor John Tory grooving to a Kanye West song after he mistakenly thought the Pan Am Games closing ceremony headliner was Canadian has apparently been taken down over a copyright issue.

Toronto mayor tweeted vid after it was revealed he thought Pan Am Games closing act is Canadian

A still of the Tory-produced video of the mayor listening to Kanye West on his way to work. (John Tory/Twitter)

A parody video showing Toronto Mayor John Tory grooving to a Kanye West song has apparently been taken down over a copyright issue.

The mayor tweeted the video on Thursday, a day after making headlines by conceding he somehow thought the American rapper was Canadian.

It happened after Tory was asked about West being hired to play at the closing ceremony of the Pan Am Games in Toronto.

Tory's tweet of the minute-long video poked fun at his ignorance, saying: "Yeezus, can't believe I didn't know @KimKardashian's husband wasn't Canadian!"

In the video, West's song Stronger plays as the straitlaced Tory grooves to the music as he waits on a subway platform wearing a suit and tie with a red maple leaf hat, earphones and sunglasses.

He takes a seat on the train and leafs through a newspaper until he comes to a hidden Rolling Stone magazine with Kardashian on the cover.

But Tory's Twitter posting of the video now reads: "This Tweet from #JohnTory has been withheld in response to a report from the copyright holder." (The video still works in the embed below.)

A spokesman for Tory was unavailable for comment, but his office noted in an email that, "the video is a parody and of course made in that fun spirit."

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