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Weekend Vid Picks: Johnny Weir, Too Gay for Figure Skating?

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Last week, one of the stranger controversies to arise during the Olympics had nothing to do with authentication, thanks to commentators on the men’s figure skating competition, who strongly insinuated that sixth-place finisher Johnny Weir might be “too gay” for the sport. Johnny Weir’s own response¬†was presented in video without comment by the AP, and showcases his dignity and poise.

But I’ve increasingly begun to wonder this when a gay political or cultural issue gets zeitgeist-y — what would That’s Gay‘s Bryan Safi think about that? And on Thursday Safi let us know his thoughts, getting particularly ruthless about those who might try to “butch up” figure skating this latest installment of the series.

Anyone who watches a trailer for Weir’s current Sundance Channel reality series Be Good Johnny Weir would get a sense that there’s very little ambiguity about his actual sexuality.

But to cast judgment in this fashion is to entirely miss Weir’s point. As Weir sees the world, there’s no gay or straight — there’s just awesome. Frankly, that sounds like a fun world to live in. And thus, I leave you with Johnny Weir skating to Lady Gaga’s Poker Face.

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4 Responses to “Weekend Vid Picks: Johnny Weir, Too Gay for Figure Skating?”

  1. Donavan Lee

    I’ve watched the series too. And many interviews since. It’s not clear to me. He commends his parents for raising him and his brother to be the best they are. He embraces the male & female sides of his personality, transcending race, ethnicity, gender. He doesn’t pigeon hole others in their gender identity. He admits he loves the theatrics, drama, sparkles, and beauty of skating, that he’s as macho as any other man,and he’s a focused devoted athlete. I think his drama is part of his schtick. Seems like he’s a lot more comfortable w/ himself and others who might differ from him than homophobes who say ugly things and gays who are vested in him outing himself to confirm him as theirs. He displays poise, grace, gratitude, a tender, loving and caring heart. Seems more mature and balanced than a lot of the world these days. Maybe that’s why so many women are twittering their swooning over him these days.