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Johnny Weir: Offensive Comments ‘Pissed Me Off’

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Posted on Feb 25, 2010
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“I felt very defiant when I saw these comments,” U.S. figure skater Johnny Weir said at a press conference Wednesday in response to two Canadian sports announcers who questioned his masculinity and suggested he was a bad role model for his sport. Weir added, “I think masculinity is what you believe it to be.”  —KA

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By rico, suave, February 28, 2010 at 5:00 pm Link to this comment

Virginia777:

“Stick it to those jerks.”

Good one!

Weir said, “...masculinity is what you believe it to be.”

I say, “Idiocy is what you believe it to be.”

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By pablo, February 27, 2010 at 8:58 pm Link to this comment
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awsome answer.. I wish I had that answer to all that have said that about me.

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By Dan, February 27, 2010 at 11:37 am Link to this comment
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It never even occurred to me that this controversy would arise.  Took me by
surprise.  I enjoyed Weir’s performance last year (2009) in the U.S. Nationals, and
this year (2010) in the U.S. Nationals and the Winter Olympics.  Top-notch,
imaginative, creative skater and performer.

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By doublestandards/glasshouses, February 27, 2010 at 5:14 am Link to this comment
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I have always thought of Canadians as being progressive
in their social attitudes.  The backwardness of the
comments from the the sportscasters surprised me. 
Maybe they are from Saskatchewan and don’t get out
much.  In the US where half of all professional and
amateur athletes are gay they may have lost their jobs.

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By inL.A, February 27, 2010 at 1:29 am Link to this comment

Well, I think you’re precious!

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By Celeste, February 26, 2010 at 9:29 pm Link to this comment
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Johnny is wonderful.  My heart bursts with pride when I watch him or listen to him…I only WISH I were related to him!  Such a gem, in so many ways!

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By Virginia777, February 26, 2010 at 6:39 pm Link to this comment

Good for you, Johnny! Stick it to those jerks. I think this kid is awesome for speaking out.

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By monkox, February 26, 2010 at 5:04 pm Link to this comment
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You were and are wonderful.

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By doublestandards/glasshouses, February 26, 2010 at 2:05 pm Link to this comment
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Self confident, smart, graceful, talented, brave,
compassionate… can’t think of a better role model.

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By michelle, February 26, 2010 at 10:07 am Link to this comment
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Mr. Weir, I am inspired and immensley proud of the classy, insightful and intelligent manner in which you are dealing with the woefully crude and ignorant remarks of some pathetic detractors. You are a bright and inspiring role model for all young men who are culturally imprisoned by gender roles and prejudices. I have three sons and would have been so happy if they would have had such a friend as you when they were growing up. THANK YOU and heartfelt best wishes…

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By Mike of Old, February 26, 2010 at 4:16 am Link to this comment
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Goodness—young, gay, brave, and articulate—and he takes the high road. Such a mensch!

I’ve wasted my life.

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By expat in germany, February 25, 2010 at 11:04 pm Link to this comment
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Mr. Weir, I’m the mother of two heterosexual kids, but I’d be proud to have you as a son. You’re sweet, smart, and all-around adorable.

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By RAE, February 25, 2010 at 6:48 pm Link to this comment

Good for you, Mr. Weir. Talk about a role model! Isn’t it refreshing to listen to the thoughts of a young person that are more than just a parroting of what he/she hears from their peers, parents, school, religion?

The more the homophobes beak off about the “Johnnys” of the world, the more we learn about THEM. When will all this useless, stupid bigotry and prejudice end?

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