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Johnny Weir Has A Message For His LGBT Critics

After defending both Russia and Olympics on international stages, Johnny Weir is miffed about the negative reaction he's received from many in the LGBT community. 

"I've come under so much hate and scrutiny from within my own LGBT community for my views on the Olympics. But as somebody who watched my parents sacrifice everything so that I had at least one chance of making the Olympics, I could never boycott the Olympics whether they be in Pyongyang (in North Korea), in Uganda, in Iran or Mars. I would have competed there because my whole life has been about going to the Olympics. Being gay isn't something that I chose, being gay is something I was born into. But being an Olympic athlete was something that I chose and something I worked hard for and I'll see it to any necessary end. The entire Olympic team is not made up of LGBT people. It's people who've sacrificed their livelihoods, it's people who've sacrificed their parents' finances and health and sometimes even marriages to get that one chance at glory. As an athlete who's lived it, I could never turn my face to that. While equality is necessary all over the world, the Olympics is not the place for me to make a stand."

What do you think about Johnny's new statement?


Very good blog, looking forward to sharing more.

Johnny Weird should  onto  his next obvious career choice, Ru Paul's  Drag Race.

When this whole controversy started last year, I was 100% behind boycotting the Winter Games in russia. (I will not be giving russia the dignity of capitalizing the word.) After discussions with friends, I started to warm to the idea that it is not the athlete's fault nor do the majority of them hold the position of the russian government. And now, after reading the eloquent words of Johnny Weir, one of my personal heroes, I have decided to embrace the games in the spirit of showing them what America is really about. Diversity makes us stronger; inclusion makes us better; love is stronger than hate. 

He is not competing so this rationale is crap and BS - he is going for attention and $$$$$. Spewing BS like this is why people do no like him - oh and wearing the uniform of a government that was our enemy of decades.

Yes!  I think it's important for gays to compete!  We need to show the world that yeah...we are def. gay...we are NOT going anywhere...AND we can come for you and kick your ass with our amazing talents too!  So yes, while I hate what Russia has done, I agree with what Johnny is saying.  In fact, I happen to frequently find myself liking what Johnny Weir says a lot.  ><C>

I volunteered as a number of Americans who live in BC to welcome the US athletes to the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. I won't be watching the Sochi Olympics. But if I change my mind, at least I can watch the CBC or BBC. Instead of NBC so I won't have to look, see or hear Weir.. 

Lets not forget that there will be LGBT athletes competing, like Johnny they have worked hard to compete. 

I think we have to support our athletes in their decision to compete

I am really unfamiliar with this person whom I assume to be an athlete of some ilk. Ever since Putin took his 1950's stand on the rights of GLBTQ people in Russia, I have been fearful for the safety of GLBTQ athletes who still choose to participate in Sochi. Their safety is my reason for repeatedly calling for a boycott of the Sochi games by American athletes, not just those who are GLBTQ​ identified, but all of them. 

Since the IOC has proven to have their collective head up their arse over the whole thing, then some country, some peoples and/or some athletes need to address what is happening to their GLBTQ brethren in Russia. 

The Russian stance is simply UNACCEPTABLE on a worldwide stage. 

First off, I do not believe boycotts work, at least right now. In general, the more some groups boycott, the more sales go up. If you question this, speak to Chick-Fil-A. They could make a comeback and be effective, but right now all a boycott seems to be is free advertising. However, it look as if the Sochi will be a disaster anyway. Will the LGBT community in the US be blamed by Mr. Putin? We'll have to wait and see.

Regarding Johnny Weir, if another Olympian made the same statement, I'd tend to agree, but if I recall his 2010 correctly, he was hardly the disciplined athlete in the months prior to the games and his results were disappointing. This opinion may have some merit, but coming from Johnny Weir, it looses some credibility.

What do you expect when you sell your soul to the bully of your community? I WAS a fan like many. Not anymore!

Nope.......still a douche bag

I am so over all of this, We must fight, this is true, but we also must pick our battles carefully. The LGBT community has gotten to a point where we are taking ourselves to seriously. We can no longer laugh with one another. We are becoming a community of intolerance, just as bad as the intolerance we have faced. It has gotten to the point where the people who support our community are afraid to speak out, because they might say something wrong, that might offend someone in the gay community. This is a learning process for all, we need to stop making people feel like they are constantly offending us if we want them to speak up for us. Face it, we are still a very small portion of the American people, we need the support of others, and we are scaring supporters away. Our beliefs are no more important then others, you are asking people to sacrifice everything they have worked their entire lives for, that is beyond me. It is hypocrisy, and we should ashamed of ourselves.

Amen. 100% agree with you on everything.

Sacrifice won't mean so much to you, Johnny, when some skinhead takes a rock to your head and shoves a broken beer bottle up your ass. There's some hateful, wicked crap going on over there and you mindless Americans think you're well protected. When you land on their soil, you are under THEIR laws. Hope you make it out alive.

He's a gay Tanya Harding. The only reason he is in the limelight is because of his scandalous behaviors in the past. The boy lives for the drama. He's going to Sochi as an NBC commentator, not as an athlete, so he should probably stow the whole 'poor me lifelong fight for Olympic competition' story and talk about the reason he feels compelled to defend a country who would just as soon club his naive self to death when the eyes of the world aren't watching.

If you are there to speak for Gay rights, do it. But tell the world we have to be nice to the bad guy. I'm Jewish, should I let the Neo Nazis come over for for dinner before they kill me for being gay and Jewish?

I in good conscious will not watch the olympics for the first time in my life...i am boycotting nbc and hopes others do as well...i hope the rating are the worst in their way can i support anyone who puts a sport above freedom....that is plain selfish though i can understand the desire to attend an an athelete if you have worked your whole life for it, but in the end how do you put that above liberty and justice? people are dying there and being tortured simply for loving one of the same sex. You are as guilty if you support that country in any way.

More arrogance selfish sports are more important then human life and freedom. Thank you for rewarding a barbarian country for enabling the rape, torture, beating, imprisonment/encampment, silencing, and MURDER of innocent human beings just for existing. Enjoy your games. Wish I could say the same for the guy who will killed by his so called friends because he is gay or the club owner whose club has been repeatedly fire bombed and now seeks asylum.

If you and your husband get arrested Johnny, don't ask for help. 

Johnny Weir is my hero and I think he should be applauded for speaking so eloquently on why it is important to attend.

What if we boycotted the 1936 Berlin Olympics? Jesse Owens wouldn't have won 4 Gold Medals for the country he still didn't have civil liberties in. Oh how much has changed... Still have gays competing for hypercritical countries that don't have full civil rights to their own citizens.

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