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Johnny Weir Deemed Too Gay for 'Stars on Ice Tour' Invitation

Sponsors of the 'Stars on Ice Tour' are refusing to invite Olympian and three-time National Champion figure skater Johnny Weir to perform because he's not "family friendly" enough.

Weir Read: Too gay.

GLAAD reports: "To say that Weir is 'not family friendly' would be a clear jab at his perceived sexual orientation. Weir is extremely involved with his family. He is putting his younger brother through college, and supports the family financially because his father’s disability prohibits him from working. Weir’s dedication to his family can be clearly documented in the Sundance series, Be Good Johnny Weir, which follows him and his family and friends through his life and career as a championship skater. 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."

Weir's recent Vancouver press conference, at which he was forced to defend himself and his individuality, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. "Of course, Stars on Ice is run by Scott Hamilton, who is on record as saying he's homophobic and famously ditched his figure skating costume at the Olympics because he thought it looked too gay."

    That's funny. When I hit puberty and started to realize that I was gay (sometime around the early-mid 80's), I was really traumatized by the idea that I would turn out like Scott Hamilton. Literally, I didn't want to be like Scott Hamilton. I was afraid that I'd be condemned to a lifetime of floofiness in gold lamé spandex and that I'd talk like I was wearing underwear five sizes too tight. Thank god that didn't happen.

    Posted by: PhilWest | Mar 12, 2010 11:28:25 AM


  2. In case anyone wants to see or sign the petition:
    http://www.gopetition.com/online/34546.html

    Posted by: V | Mar 12, 2010 11:49:40 AM


  3. Indeed, this makes me sick. I had no idea Scott Hamilton was homophobic. Uh dude, figure skating is a gay sport. Get over it!!!

    Posted by: nikko | Mar 12, 2010 11:50:21 AM


  4. Markus, why do you think Elizabeth Hasselbeck or Kurt Browning are homophobic? Not a fan of Hasselbeck in general but I don't believe she is homophobic.

    Posted by: RJ (the other) | Mar 12, 2010 12:36:58 PM


  5. there are two ways to deal with this .one is not attend performances of this traveling circus and two there are many other brands of jams and jellies .let the sponsors and the managers know why your not attending or buying their product. and i for always thought scott was gay. if they want to make figure skating more macho let them carry hockey sticks

    Posted by: walter | Mar 12, 2010 12:56:04 PM


  6. Sadly, the consequence of being provocative is that it provokes this kind of response. Is anyone actually surprised? Kudos to JW for putting it out there and having the courage to be himself, no matter the consequences; but there are consequences. It's really sad, but this is the society we live in. It's easy to forget from our urban centers of gay life, but most of the country hates us. Yes, HATES us. That is why every time a gay issue goes to a public referendum, we lose. Stars on Ice is a business, not a social movement - now we know what side of the fence Smuckers (ha! your name is Smuckers) and any other sponsors come down on- that's fine. Thanks for the heads up about where not to spend our cash!

    Posted by: Robb | Mar 12, 2010 1:47:00 PM


  7. The bottom line is he is a horrible skater, offends the general public (at least those who have brain cells and compassion) by wearing that horrible fur and he has said many "inappropriate" unsportsmanlike and unclassy comments against his fellow skaters over the years. Karma is a bitch, Johnny. Look to make a living elsewhere 'cause you just weren't good enough to make the Stars on Ice cut. Their skaters are champions in all respects, and you never were one, nor ever will be one.

    Posted by: Homophobe1 | Mar 12, 2010 3:27:27 PM


  8. RJ (the Other) you can't be seriously asking why I think Elizabeth Hasslebeck is anti-gay.... She is one of the GOP stars, she speaks out on her show, the View, against full Equal rights for gays. She even had the ex-gay (promotes a cure for homosexuality) group, Exodus International on the View a couple of years ago. Kurt Browning has always hated Johnny Weir. Watch Johnny's TV show, Be Good, Johnny, I think 3 episode for Kurts anti-Johnny rant. Elizabeth & Kurt are like 2 peas in a pod. Also Kurt Browning is a big defender of Skate Canadas, Debbie Wilkes, the woman who started this whole mess last year, with her "Tough" Campaign to butch up the image of male figure skaters.

    Posted by: Marcus | Mar 12, 2010 4:25:30 PM


  9. 1st time commenter here..linked from d-listed which I oddley enough only know about because of cuteoverload. Anyway, I have to agree that you can't be "too gay" for figure skating. I am straight and don't really know much about the gay community but I always just figured that 90% of male figure skaters were gay. I don't see how it matters as long as they ( the skaters) are entertaining and don't skate to a song like "too drunk to fuck". People who go to these shows must be OK with gays anyway. Not asking him is just stupid.

    Posted by: Mikey | Mar 12, 2010 8:28:40 PM


  10. how can Johnny be accused of not coming 'out' if he was never 'in'?

    Posted by: richard s | Mar 13, 2010 7:56:30 AM


  11. Joey I agree with you 100% as a retired PA and a retired Ordained Pastor and a gay man I am tired the way we all are not respected for who we are and what we do for others. Johnny help support his brother and his parents people need some common decency for Johnny.

    Posted by: hinbww | Mar 13, 2010 2:47:04 PM


  12. StarsOnIce@imgworld.com

    Smother Smuckers!!!

    Posted by: Dboo | Mar 13, 2010 9:30:47 PM


  13. don't get it..he's a figure skater..they are gay ok not all but really - and family friendly my butt - none of those holy rollers are family friendly and have no idea what unconditional love (which their god preaches) is. haters

    Posted by: Mark | Mar 14, 2010 5:14:14 PM


  14. javier,

    you are totally fucked on this one.

    Posted by: nic | Mar 14, 2010 5:28:51 PM


  15. Unless Johnny(or anyone) is going to have sex on the ice I don't see how he is not family friendly. This is a bunch of B. S.!!!

    Posted by: Anne | Apr 2, 2010 5:17:57 PM


  16. There are so many different kinds of family in this world. How is he not family friendly? His costumes are fun, not in bad taste! He is an amazing skater. It's there loss.

    Posted by: Eileen | Apr 2, 2010 5:24:48 PM


  17. @LETSODOMRING: great job! You're right- why should Johnny line their pockets (at the possible expense of his own self worth). I think Johnny Weir is a very strong person and the fact that he can stand up to all of this for so long is truly inspiring.

    ps: i'm not trying to pick a fight but your nic had me wonder- Sodom (and what they say happened there) wasn't really about gay people... even though the churchies say it does.

    Posted by: Raz230 | Oct 22, 2010 8:17:13 AM


  18. @Z Isn't it true that people love to stereotype though. Wouldn't that be the reason why, although illegal; it goes on as thought it weren't?

    Posted by: ElijahC | Oct 22, 2010 8:21:29 AM


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