Johnny Weir Too Flamboyant For Figure Skating. (Is that even possible?)

The sports world is none too happy with three-time National Figure Skating Champion Johnny Weir. He’s just too flamboyant for men’s figure skating.

I’m glad Bryan Safi addressed this, because it’s been pissing me off. I mean, come on. It’s figure skating, for goodness sake.

ESPN’s LZ Granderson (who has the most fantastic locs in the universe) tackles the issue from a different and equally important angle.

[…] if some of us would take off our black-and-white blinders long enough — and perhaps stop acting the way we think we’re supposed to act — we might actually begin to see and appreciate the diversity within the lexicon of manhood. This philosophy isn’t just about creating an environment in which it’s comfortable for gay men to compete in sports. It’s also about creating a space in which it’s OK for straight men not to.

So with regard to the Olympics, I don’t think the question we should be asking is whether or not Weir being gay hurt his medal chances. That’s too surface for my taste. No, the real question is why so many dudes ignore, and are even threatened by, the possibility that Weir could be straight. Now that’s a conversation only real men can have.

Defining FABULOUS
Defining FABULOUS

On a side note, Tom and Lorenzo have ripped the Olympic Men’s Figure Skating costumes in their own inimitable way. (Ladies too!)

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4 thoughts on “Johnny Weir Too Flamboyant For Figure Skating. (Is that even possible?)

  1. Great post. Did his sexuality hurt his scores? Yes, there's no doubt about that. However I do not think it hurt his medal chances. His short program wasn't very impressive and he was criticized on his long program before he even hit the ice for it being not technically challenging enough for someone of his caliber. I thought Johnny's long program was fantastic and he was a thrill to watch, but if he wasn't willing to go out and risk doing a zilliion triples like Lysacek did, then he shouldn't be too upset he got lower scores. Furthermore, finishing 6th at the Olympics is nothing to be ashamed of.The way the media ignores the fact he is a three-time national champion and keeps referring to him as flamboyant disgusts me.

  2. It's that last part that bugs me. Win, don't win, whatever. But for top-shelf media to treat him as a punch line in the middle of a straight sports story is irresponsible.

  3. Well, I happen to love Johnny Weir and think he is fabUloUsly flamboyant. We should all be so lucky to be as beautiful as him.Maybe the ladies are just bitter that he's prettier?

  4. Well, I happen to love Johnny Weir and think he is fabUloUsly flamboyant. We should all be so lucky to be as beautiful as him.Maybe the ladies are just bitter that he's prettier?

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