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Johnny Weir held a press conference in Vancouver yesterday in response to controversy that has arisen in Quebec and elsewhere over remarks made by sportscasters about his persona and his costumes.

Said Weir: "I'm not somebody to cry over something or to be weak about something. I felt very defiant when I saw these comments. It wasn't these two men criticizing my skating, it was them criticizing me as a person, and that was something that really, frankly, pissed me off...I hope more kids can grow up the same way I did and more kids can feel the freedom that I feel to be themselves and to express themselves and that's the most important thing."

The skater added: "I'm always thought of the sparkly flamboyant character that wore a crown of roses...nobody knows me. I think masculinity is what you believe it to be. To me, masculinity is all my perception. I think masculinity and femininity is something that's very old fashioned. There's a whole new generation of people that aren't defined by their sex or their race or who they like to sleep with. I think as a person you know what your values are and what you believe in and I that''s the most important thing."

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As an addendum, Weir tweeted the remark inset above before heading off to sleep last night.

Watch his press conference, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. What defines a man is not what hangs between his legs, but what's in between is ears and in is heart that defines a real man.

    Way to go Johnny, Way to go.

    Posted by: Rocky Falco | Feb 25, 2010 7:33:45 AM


  2. [standing applause]

    Posted by: DVDINORL | Feb 25, 2010 7:49:32 AM


  3. A crown of roses is also a crown of thorns. Something subliminal there?

    Anyway, he looks strong, they look weak.

    They make a living by fitting in, he makes a living in spite of not fitting in. I wonder if they apologized?

    Posted by: jesse james | Feb 25, 2010 7:51:05 AM


  4. Johnny ,

    Be unbothered child. They can't take your pride and how you love to be YOU!

    Don't ever change for anyone!

    Posted by: Chris | Feb 25, 2010 8:08:57 AM


  5. I wish him nothing but the best...and a long public career off the ice.

    However, he will a bigger draw for professional ice shows than Evan and I'm sure his fans will be there in full force!

    Posted by: Qjersey | Feb 25, 2010 8:38:07 AM


  6. He is my new hero. He's the Adam Lambert of the Olympics!

    Posted by: Sid | Feb 25, 2010 8:39:32 AM


  7. It is great to see someone so comfortable with who they are that they can call out someone's ignorance and stupidity without being unkind. What a classy guy!

    Posted by: voet | Feb 25, 2010 8:40:09 AM


  8. Johnny Rocks! Love him!

    Posted by: Name | Feb 25, 2010 8:55:26 AM


  9. What else can be said, he is just Great! Love him!!

    Posted by: virgoboy | Feb 25, 2010 9:02:49 AM


  10. SING OUT LOUISE!!!!!!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Feb 25, 2010 9:12:40 AM


  11. A true role model

    Posted by: Alex | Feb 25, 2010 9:22:36 AM


  12. He puts those two clowns to shame. Bravo sir, bravo.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Feb 25, 2010 9:35:51 AM


  13. He really is a good guy. I loved his answer to Dorothy Hamil, when she asked him what his thoughts were in response to one of the sportscasters comments (which was along the lines of, "he should not be seen on T.V., because little boys might see him, emulate him, and become flamboyantly fabulous," though they didn't add that last part. :)

    His response was simple and short. Every little boy should be lucky to grow up to be him. And it's the truth! He's competing in the Winter Olympics. We should all be so lucky to be him. Those assholes that made those comments are just that, assholes. Ignore the haters till they fade away, Johnny!

    Posted by: Leonard | Feb 25, 2010 9:38:44 AM


  14. Wier is confident as to who he is, the newscasters not so much.

    Posted by: jeffg166 | Feb 25, 2010 9:44:20 AM


  15. Hell to the YES...! You GO Johnny, dammit...I just drug myself out of bed, turned on the computer and this is the first thing I saw today and I must say: It made my 'effing day...ahhh, destiny!

    Posted by: sonofabutch | Feb 25, 2010 10:07:43 AM


  16. Love love love Weir.

    Posted by: Chuy | Feb 25, 2010 10:20:17 AM


  17. Such eloquent statements from such an elegant athlete. Thanks Johnny!

    Posted by: ty | Feb 25, 2010 10:56:11 AM


  18. The strange thing is, Quebec is the most gay friendly province in Canada. Pressure should be put on the network to fire these two clowns.

    Posted by: Chris | Feb 25, 2010 11:04:38 AM


  19. Very cool! Love him.

    Posted by: KFLO | Feb 25, 2010 11:11:29 AM


  20. Wow. Just wow. That speech was so incredibly eloquent, and, more importantly, so obviously from his heart and extemporaneous. I only wish that I had had someone like Johnny as a role model back in the day...

    Posted by: Ken | Feb 25, 2010 11:26:42 AM


  21. Love him! What a Inspiration!

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Feb 25, 2010 11:34:19 AM


  22. I honor the gay, lesbian and transgendered generation who 'have had enough' and are willing and confident to stand up and stand out. Bravo, Friends! We are worthy.

    Posted by: kb | Feb 25, 2010 12:51:24 PM


  23. Never much cared one way or the other about Johnny UNTIL today!

    That was truly inspired.

    As of today, count me among his fans.

    Still not a fan of the fur though.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Feb 25, 2010 1:23:23 PM


  24. Lovelovelove this kid...he is the new brave generation!

    What is a pratime? I think I want one!

    Posted by: toddH | Feb 25, 2010 1:44:20 PM


  25. A poutine is a traditional dish in Montreal. French fries, topped with cheese curds and gravy. Go Johnny. Love you more on and off the ice every day!

    Posted by: spiderseye | Feb 25, 2010 2:05:25 PM


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