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Figure Skater Johnny Weir to Portray Jesus on Ice

Attention-grabbing figure skater Johnny Weir told reporters at a press conference in Spokane yesterday that he has heard former skater Mark Lund's recent comments about him were "mean-spirited" but says he'll reserve comment until he's seen the actual tape: "When I have seen it, I'm sure I'll have something to say."

JohnnyweirWeir is set to take the ice on Saturday night at the 2007 U.S. Figure Skating Championships with a long program free skate routine set to "Child of Nazareth" by Maxime Rodriguez, in which the flamboyant skater will tell the story of Jesus:

Said Weir: "In no way am I portraying the actual entity of Jesus. I'm just performing the story of his life. It's an interesting concept, an interesting idea to push myself forward and make myself better. It has nothing to do with anything else."

Weir defended his maverick image:

"It's more exciting to walk in a fashion show or portray Jesus than it is to sit at home learning how to play the piano or skating to 'The Nutcracker'...The risks I'm taking are natural to me. I didn't go to BlackBook and say, 'I want to pose in heels.' I said I'd do it because it's fun for me. It wasn't like I went in and said, 'Oh my God, I want heels. I want fur. I want glitter. I want to be made up totally like Amanda Lepore (the self-proclaimed No. 1 transsexual in the world).' ... I think the pictures are very interesting. They're not gaudy. They're not campy. They're just me modeling clothes."

Weir's main competition for Saturday's event will be Evan Lysacek. Weir hopes to equal Brian Boitano's achievement of winning four straight national championships. A record 146,311 tickets have been sold for this week's events.

Kudos to Weir for pushing the envelope. We wish him the best of luck.

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  1. When does "risk taking" and "pushing the envelope" morph into deep-seated need for attention at any cost?

    Posted by: hoya86 | Jan 25, 2007 11:54:12 AM


  2. Someone else said it best, previously: love him or hate him, he is 100% true to himself, all the time. He has my admiration... life is tough enough without having to live false. Skate boy... and win... then twirl if you want to.

    Posted by: CaliNexus | Jan 25, 2007 12:17:56 PM


  3. I find it so intriguing how threatened many gay men are of Weir's comfort level with his *own* sexuality...

    Posted by: midnight lounge | Jan 25, 2007 12:30:27 PM


  4. Want to "push the envelope", Johnny? Twirl to "Child of Mecca".

    Edgy!

    Posted by: Tom | Jan 25, 2007 12:40:09 PM


  5. This guy is the Madonna of figure skating. I think he's geat.

    Posted by: borut | Jan 25, 2007 12:40:49 PM


  6. I love that kid.

    Posted by: Michael | Jan 25, 2007 12:41:18 PM


  7. May I ask why someone would say this is a "deep seeded need for attention"?

    He is in a sport that requires judging. Base upon technical skill and artistic skill.

    I'm sorry, and I don't want to be insulting, but that is the most assinine statement I've read (today).

    Hate him if you want, but, really, understand his craft.

    And talent.

    Posted by: mark | Jan 25, 2007 12:57:14 PM


  8. Mark,

    I think Hoya was talking about all the attention he garners off the ice, like the spread in BlackBook.

    Posted by: RP | Jan 25, 2007 1:23:51 PM


  9. RP, yes, perhaps, thanks for the answer...

    Signed,
    Overly Sensitive Former Figure Skater seeks Paxil Dosage Increase.

    Posted by: mark | Jan 25, 2007 1:30:05 PM


  10. Didn't Madonna achieve this without any ice involved?

    Posted by: 000000 | Jan 25, 2007 1:49:01 PM


  11. ^LMAO

    Posted by: mark m | Jan 25, 2007 2:01:54 PM


  12. What a cutie. I love him.

    Posted by: Da | Jan 25, 2007 3:08:06 PM


  13. He's a total freak, and I mean that as a compliment.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Jan 25, 2007 4:24:20 PM


  14. In case anyone cares, here are the results of the short program:

    http://www.usfigureskating.org/live_event_results.asp

    Posted by: Lady Heather | Jan 25, 2007 7:30:45 PM


  15. INTERESTING...AS LONG AS IT IS NOT OVERLY CAMP AND TELLS A GOOD STORY,O.K. AFTER WE DON'T WANT TO OFFEND SOME ONE ...

    Posted by: F | Jan 28, 2007 1:29:25 AM


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