Johnny Weir Deemed Not 'Family Friendly' Enough For Stars On Ice
Skater Johnny Weir Deemed Not "Family Friendly"
Figure skater Johnny Weir always had trouble fitting in, but it seems he has reached the pinnacle of his struggle to be accepted for what he is in the skating world. It is being alleged that the organizers of the Stars On Ice tour that involves biggest figure skating stars have rejected Weir as part of their cast because he is not "family friendly" enough.
The news was broken by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), citing an anonymous source. The organizers of Stars On Ice have not confirmed GLAAD's remarks. Weir is generally perceived as being homosexual largely because of the extravagant costumes that he wears and his flamboyant behaviour. However, Weir has never officially announced his sexual orientation.
Criticism For Weir
Before the 2010 Olympic Games, Weir earned some negative publicity when he was criticized by animal rights groups for using real fur in his costumes. The skater has allegedly received hate mail after the news became public. During the Olympic Games, Weir had to face homophobic rhetoric from Australian Channel Nine and Canadian broadcasters who discussed his masculinity and suggested he should take a gender test.
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The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) gave its support for Weir, asking people to sign a petition to express concern over the exclusion and prejudice toward Weir.
Weir’s performance and costume style is sometimes considered flashier than those of other skaters, leading to questions about his perceived sexual orientation. While Weir has not officially announced his sexual orientation, he has garnered a significant amount of LGBT fans.
GLAAD encourages its members and anyone concerned about this type of exclusion and prejudice to sign the petition here.
One Busy Weir
At this point, it is not clear if Weir would even consider touring with the Stars on Ice. The skater is a frequent guest on different shows. A TV series titled "Be Good Johnny Weir" about Weir's day-to-day life premiered in January. He also models and wants a degree in fashion. Already, Weir has a small South Korean fashion line called "Be Unique."
On March 9, Weir announced that he would not be competing at the World Championships, which will be staged in Torino at the end of March. On his website, Weir said, "After my sixth place finish in Vancouver, I believe that I must take time to reassess my strategies and goals. While I understand the importance of competition, I feel that a short break at this time would be personally beneficial to me."