Johnny Weir Apparently Works For The Russian Government
Well this explains (but not excuses) a few things.
Johnny Weir, the former figure skaters who's been tapped as a commentator for NBC during the Sochi Winter Olympics, apparently works for the Russian government.
Yep, the same Johnny Weir who called LGBT activists protesting Russia's heinous law against being gay in public "idiots" and who flippantly instructed his fellow gay men in the former Soviet to stop having "anal sex in front of libraries" and they'll be fine.
Word of Johnny's work with Russia comes from Andy Humm at Gay City News, who checked out the athlete's bio at the Premiere Speakers Bureau. It reads in part (with bolding courtesy of Americablog):
Due to his ability to understand global art and culture and his sporting expertise, Weir has recently begun working as a Goodwill Sports Ambassador to Japan and also works with the Russian Children’s Welfare Society and Russian Consulate in New York City.
Aside from helping us understand why an openly gay public figure could be working so tirelessly to minimize Russia's war on gays, the resume bit also reveals a potential conflict of interest in Johnny's work with NBC.
Did NBC reveal Weir’s work with the Russian government when announcing that they’d hired him to provide commentary for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi? No. Here’s NBC’s press release. No mention of Weir’s work with the Russian government.
But surely when the NBC press release linked to Weir’s bio, people could have found a full disclosure of Weir’s ties to the Russian government there? Nope. Nothing in that particular bio about Weir’s work with the Russian consulate.
And while NBC and Weir could claim that the relationship was divulged in that other obscure bio that Humm just found, I’ve been unable to find anything beyond that one mention, and it’s a safe bet that a lot of NBC’s viewers are unaware of the relationship, as were most of us.
Stay tuned, as there are sure to be a lot of updates on this story!