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Johnny Weir Confirms 'Stars on Ice Tour' Snub: 'It's For Real'

JwJohnny Weir responded to Access Hollywood's Billy Bush about reports that the 'Stars on Ice Tour' is refusing to invite him:

“It’s for real. All because I am not family friendly enough. I understand I am a little outrageous but I wish I could perform for the fans...Maybe right now, just artistically and creatively, I’d love to have my own show, with musical acts, like maybe getting Lady Gaga! I don’t like to think there are any boundaries. Anytime you get men in glitter it’s flamboyant!”

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  1. He is not helping his case by referencing Lady Gaga.

    Posted by: Javier | Mar 12, 2010 1:43:06 PM

  2. You know, I have never been that into figure skating until I learned about Weir - and I was half-considering actually going to one of these post-Olympic shows like Stars on Ice *but only if he was there*. Except for the awesome Korean girl, I have pretty much zero interest in seeing any of the rest of the boring performers. I'll wait for Weir & Gaga to go on tour instead. *That* is entertainment!

    Posted by: Brian | Mar 12, 2010 1:48:04 PM

  3. From the comments and jokes on the last thread, I think people are understandably bemused by the seeming homophobia within figure skating. But as a longtime observer of the sport, I can tell you, homophobia is pervasive in it.

    It speaks to a severe lack of self-awareness that a sport that's all sequins and kiss and cry thinks it's got a macho image to protect. The fact is, this is not a discipline that cultivates people who are in touch with the rest of the world. Figure skating is extremely insular, and uniformity in opinion is enforced (for instance, skating judges whose scores fall out of line with other judges will be singled out and disciplined). It's an environment in which bigotry and other errors in thinking are left to fester and multiply.

    Posted by: LetSodomRing | Mar 12, 2010 1:51:24 PM

  4. What a great opportunity for a competitor to make an endorsement deal with JW....all the free press! Welch's? Paulaner? are you paying attention...?

    Posted by: Robb | Mar 12, 2010 1:56:38 PM

  5. What would Brian Boitano do?

    Posted by: Jimmy | Mar 12, 2010 1:57:31 PM

  6. Maybe they saw the video posted here where Weir mounted and rode the foot massage machine and moaned "Oh Daddy!"?

    Posted by: Sancho | Mar 12, 2010 1:58:18 PM

  7. sounds like Stars on Ice made a wise choice..

    Posted by: NewEng | Mar 12, 2010 2:04:11 PM

  8. @neweng sounds like Stars on Ice made a wise choice..

    BULLSHIT! If some corporate entity wanted to make a pile, I'm certain he could get several of his well-known friends and take the show on the road himself. Maybe arrange to be in the same city the week before SOI.

    Heaven forbid that a talented ice skater, performer who happens to be effeminate (i.e. gay) would be someone that young confused children might look up to.

    Frankly, he comes across as dedicated, fun and very centered. What more could parents ask for?

    Posted by: Keith | Mar 12, 2010 2:15:09 PM

  9. Give the little queen a break. She is the Lady CaCa of the ice world, a whole frozen universe awaits her.

    Posted by: Randalf | Mar 12, 2010 2:16:36 PM

  10. homophobia is even persistent with the old bitter bitches with snarky comments on this forum. Is it so hard to let someone be themselves?

    Posted by: KFLO | Mar 12, 2010 2:20:51 PM

  11. Reality Check Johnny boy. What did you win this year? You didn't win or place at the Olympics. Let me think, oh yes you came in 6th. And you came in 3rd at the Nationals where Ryan Bradley actually out skated you.

    If you were the national champion I could see your point but these are your numbers sixth in the Olympics and third at Nationals. Jeremy Abbott is our National Champion and you might have forgotten the Evan is the Olympic CHAMP.

    Rudy Galindo has been on Stars on Ice and he is as flamboyant as Johnny. This isn't about being gay or not being gay this is Johnny being Johnny.

    Those who follow the sport knows that Johnny has been taking shots at anyone who doesn't think he is the greatest skater around. Those who know the sport know that Johnny boy has been saying mean spirted things about Evan for years.

    We are falling into the poor Johnny game. This is all about keeping a 6th place ice skater in the public eye. This is Evan's time. He won the gold fair and square. Someone needs to remind Johnny of that.

    Tell me when did Stars on Ice start putting the 6th place finisher in their show? It is called Stars on Ice for a reason. Sorry Johnny next time place in the top three at the Olympics or come in as the national champion and not former champion of three years ago and then you can talk. All we hear from you over and over is sour grapes and the taste is getting foul.

    Posted by: Dawson | Mar 12, 2010 2:35:44 PM

  12. LetSodomRing

    OMG - You just gave a perfect description of a CULT. That alone is enough to piss me off. The audacity of anyone to disallow differences in opinion.

    I say fcuk Stars On Ice, Smuckers and that used-to-be-cute Scott Hamilton. And I agree, wait for a Weir/GaGa event - hopefully one that will rival the laughably 'phobic Stars On Ice.

    Posted by: Taylor Siluwe | Mar 12, 2010 2:38:55 PM

  13. Dawson

    I didn't see anyone saying Lysacek didn't deserve the gold (except that Russian gargoyle). However, Weir was robbed at the Olympics and took to it like a man, with grace (unlike the gargoyle).

    Posted by: Taylor Siluwe | Mar 12, 2010 2:43:42 PM

  14. DAWSON You sure are putting a lot of weight into the 6th place ranking when even Elvis Stojko has criticized those results:

    "He later commented that to reward Evan Lysacek with the gold medal during the 2010 Olympics meant that Johnny Weir was underscored and should have been awarded a bronze medal rather than placing 6th in that competition."
    - Elvis Stojko's Wikipedia Entry

    Posted by: mike | Mar 12, 2010 2:44:42 PM

  15. To counter DAWSON's misinformation:

    Rudy Galindo was never on Stars on Ice, he was on the Champions on Ice tour, which Johnny Weir was also on. Champions on Ice, however, went bankrupt and no longer exists.

    As for Weir's credentials, he is the 3 time US champion, and one of the most popular skaters in the world right now. Stars on Ice currently has Michael Weiss and Todd Eldredge on tour, and neither have won medals or skated competitively in years. And Stars on Ice just hired Belbin/Agosto, the US ice dancing team who just retired after a disappointing season in which they failed to win any major competition. The assertion that somehow Weir isn't good enough for Stars on Ice is ridiculous.

    Posted by: LetSodomRing | Mar 12, 2010 2:57:12 PM

  16. He only has himself to blame for being so "flamboyant"! Most male figure skaters are gay, but Johnny is just too out there in your face queer. While we all try to get our equal rights and be accepted into society, the Johnnys of the world just provide the haters with more ammunition.

    Posted by: wislakeman | Mar 12, 2010 3:01:53 PM

  17. @WISLAKEMAN: Wow, with friends like you, who needs enemas? You'd probably be telling Rosa Parks to sit down at the back of the bus because she was annoying the haters. STFU you gay Uncle Tom.

    Posted by: Strepsi | Mar 12, 2010 3:14:07 PM

  18. This is the worst to happen since the holocaust!

    Seriously? Figure skating is the gayest "sport" in the history of sports! It's gayer than gay porn. And yet there are homophobic skaters...that's worse than a homophobic drag queen. Surreal.

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 12, 2010 3:27:53 PM

  19. " It's an environment in which bigotry and other errors in thinking are left to fester and multiply."

    good god! like washington?

    Posted by: westward ho | Mar 12, 2010 4:41:43 PM

  20. " While we all try to get our equal rights and be accepted into society, the Johnnys of the world just provide the haters with more ammunition."

    but, see, this is hating. quiet, low-key hating that says people shouldn't be who they are if who they are is outside the accepted norm. johnny weir is flamboyant and sparkly and stands out in a crowd; i don't hear him asking anyone who feels more comfortable in harris tweed and a good book to dress like him or behave like him, or practice and work and skate like him. why should he have to conform to someone else's idea of who he should be?

    Posted by: westward ho | Mar 12, 2010 4:50:22 PM

  21. All you morons just can't admit that he is simply not good enough to be invited to the Stars on Ice Cast. They are all "respected" champions unlike him. Johnny has made unsportsmanlike comments about his competitors for years. Don't act like you don't know that. No class, no champion, no Stars on Ice. No one is a bigger "cad" in figure skating and he has ostracized himself from the mainstream. He only has himself to blame.

    Posted by: Homophobe1 | Mar 12, 2010 4:59:40 PM

  22. He should start his own skating show at the local drag club. Those are the only "fans" he has. He is an ignorant fur-wearing self-defeating person.

    Posted by: Animal lover with a conscious | Mar 12, 2010 5:04:13 PM

  23. "animal lover with a CONSCIOUS"???

    LMFAO. Don't you mean "conscience," sweetie? How about "Animal Lover Without an Education"?


    Posted by: TuMadre | Mar 12, 2010 5:22:30 PM

  24. Wislakeman, well said.

    Posted by: roger | Mar 12, 2010 5:37:46 PM

  25. DAWSON & others missing the point:

    Stars on Ice did not reject him for a lack of talent, they rejected him for not being "family friendly," whatever that means. Probably it means gay. Does Stars have any out skaters?

    Posted by: Z | Mar 12, 2010 5:58:22 PM

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