Johnny Weir Promises to Wear Faux Fur After Hate Mail
Johnny Weir, the U.S figure skater competing in next month's Vancouver 2010 Olympics has now promised that he will change the white fox, also called Arctic Fox fur on his figure skating costume to faux fur afther receiving what he says were hate mail and death threats from animal rights group Friends of Animals.
In his costume he had genuine white fox fur on one shoulder.
In a statement Thursday, Weir said that “pressures and threats from a certain animal rights group” had prompted him to make the change.
His agent said that "scary, threatening e-mails" were sent to her and to Johnny through Facebook and that Weir was afraid for his safety in Vancouver.
Priscilla Feral from Friends of the Animals said today that they never threatened Weir.
It was the white Arctic fox used for Weir’s costume, not Weir, who was victimized here, she said.
She said it was a stark open letter that they sent him due to public outcry of his costume, but they would never threaten violence. They were not the only ones to send letters either.
Weir's agent could not produce the threatening letters she said she recieved as she said she deleted them. They had also not notified Facebook of the messages Weir received, which would be protocol in a case like this. They had not notified police of death threats either.
“The e-mails are not pleasant,” Modlin said. “I don’t want Johnny reading unpleasant e-mails. I want him to focus on skating. I hope this makes those people stop.”
The Arctic Fox or white fox is a native fox to the cold Arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere, and due to their ability to survive in very cold temperatures, their fur is thick and luxurious, hence their use in human's clothing.