Out of ugly, I think the most important thing to do in life is to make something beautiful.--Johnny Weir
Johnny Weir set the 2010 Vancouver Olympics on fire. The star of Bravo’s reality series Be Good Johnny Weir and three-time US Figure Skating Champion − known for his flamboyance, furs, and coy answers to the sexuality question − lit the Olympic torch aflame not with fire but controversy over his girly-boy ways.
During French-language sports channel RDS’s Olympic broadcast − where Johnny Weir ultimately placed 6th while his darker and notably more masculine nemesis, Evan Lysacek, took the gold − veteran sportscasters Claude Mailhot and Alain Goldberg made strange remarks about Weir’s performance that caused a uproar from a local LGBT group.
He sets a bad example? For who, young boys in Jamaica? Uganda? No, we don't have to go to those exported boils of homophobia when we've got the original one still festering here at home. Yes, home − where America’s kids are mostly fat and gadget addicted, where young athletes are instantly revered as role models, unless, of course, you're too gay. Oh, you can be a little gay, just not pink-tassel wearing gay. It is almost the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell of sport, except Johnny keeps refusing to tell (as he should), yet they keep violating the policy by asking. Snark and animus toward gender non-conformity is nothing new, yet expressing this openly by on-air commentators is on the rise. Sadly, this seems to be Johnny's major contribution to the Winter Olympic games – luring people's -phobias and -isms out onto the chilly Vancouver ice for all to see.
Although gay sites like Queerty (rightly so) has practically adopted Johnny Weir, other members of the gay community shoot arrows at Johnny Weir for his over-the-top style. Most notably, and publicly, former figure-skater turned commentator Mark Lund.
This makes it clear that it’s still dangerous to be a fem boy in America, even one who can do a flawless Triple Lutz — with the world scrutinizing and announcers fumbling over euphemisms for 'He's such a FAGGOT!' In 2010, still, feminine men get no respect or the medals they clearly deserve.
Outside of his talent, the greatest strength of Johnny Weir is his ballsy, whimsical, take no prisoners mission to just be himself and make no apologies for it. Our planet would be better with more people like Johnny Weir in it. As for Mark Lund – he should stick to arching his eyebrows and STFU about an athlete who has more talent and balls than he ever had, or will.
Johnny Weir is the break-out star of the 2010 Vancouver games. Screw what the judges said.
Check out his promo for Pop Star on Ice ...
...and the sheer perfection of this spine-tingling performance of Poker Face ...
But when I saw this New York Times piece, I became a fan.
Not just because of the fact that skaters have such tight assets. And not because of the snarky but deft way he responds to the gay question, while still being as gay as he wants to be.
Okay, I lied, it's all those things.
And damn ...
... Look at that ass
... and that arch.