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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. No, Z, and it never did. It did feature two skaters who later came out.

    And I reiterate what I said in the other post: Stars on Ice has hired drunk drivers, serial philanderers and even a guy accused of sexually harassing a 15 year old student. That's all fine and good for their family values, but Johnny Weir is not. What the fuck? Or as we say in figure skating, quad the flutz?

    Posted by: LetSodomRing | Mar 12, 2010 6:30:26 PM

  2. Your right letsodomring I did get the two mixed up. Rudy did not skate for 'Stars on Ice' but the fact still remains he came in 6th!!! Underscored or not he came in 6th!

    Our Ladies were underscored too but they had the class and dignity to be happy with it. This is the problem that will happen in any subjective sport but you can not change the placement. It will always read 6 place.

    And doing a fact check you may have forgotten Johnny hasn't been the National champion since 2006. Evan was the world champion in 2009 and the National Champion in 2007 and 2008. It's his time. To him the glory.

    Posted by: Dawson | Mar 12, 2010 6:32:10 PM

  3. I don't think its homophobia. Most of the stars on ice are very effeminate. I think its his over the top personality and in your face snark that I personally love but isn't entirely great for family fun times. I love Johnny. I stalk Johnny, but he is bitchy.

    Posted by: Rinnie | Mar 12, 2010 6:40:31 PM

  4. Good god, can someone clean up the bigoted trolls around here?

    Part of me thinks they're from some PR flack on Stars on Ice...

    Posted by: Ryan | Mar 12, 2010 6:44:27 PM

  5. Ryan, I was thinking the same thing....

    Posted by: steve | Mar 12, 2010 6:53:09 PM

  6. wow...there really are real "BITCHES" here.
    what is your problem, this is clearly a example of homophobia nothing more...nothing less. Johnny Weir is an amazing skater and has a huge fan base...all of whom will very disappointed that he will not be included. Lyseck or whatever his name is GAYER than pink ice too!! dating one of the female skaters...his beard!!

    Posted by: Paul | Mar 12, 2010 7:07:49 PM

  7. He can be as flamboyantly effeminate as he wants, but he should not feel entitled to be employed and associated with Stars on Ice, who have every right to discriminate against skaters who exhibit offputting effeminate behavior. There is no right to be obnoxiously effeminate on someone else's sponsorship.

    Posted by: Malcolm | Mar 12, 2010 8:02:34 PM

  8. Of course this is driven by homophobia. Very obviously so. Weir was 3 time US Champion and World Bronze, same as heterosexual skater Michael Weiss, currently with Stars on Ice, except Weirs medal are years newer than Weiss. Double Standard - Absolutely............... Also, The owner of Stars on Ice is Scott Hamilton, who speaks on Pat Robertsons 700 Club on Christian TV. The Figure Skating Hall of Fame is in Colorado Springs, home of Focus on the Family. Smuckers, the shows sponsors, call themselves a "family friendly" company - code for.....you now what. There are more smoking guns here than in the Wild West!

    Posted by: Marcus | Mar 12, 2010 8:20:15 PM

  9. F*ck "Stars on Ice!" Johnny rocks!

    Posted by: Harry | Mar 12, 2010 11:56:59 PM

  10. Weir and Lysacek actually tied in the 2008 US Nationals—up to the two decimal point of their scores. USFSA decided to award the first place to Evan because his score was higher than Johnny's in the free skate, which personally I found unfair because the points from the two programmes were already weighted in the score itself.

    What I'd like to point out is that Johnny isn't passe as Dawson has suggested—and his inclusion in no way will take away Evan's spotlight; Evan's skating is brilliant and I have no doubt he can hold his own—to think Johnny can take the focus away from him is a slight to Evan as well. US should be proud that we have two of the world's top male figure skaters and they are so different from one another. If this were any other sport, if JW is anyone but JW, Stars on Ice would have likely embraced them both, and their contrast in style would have drawn in crowds from different backgrounds. Commercially, it doesn't make sense to leave JW out.... which makes people wonder why this is so.

    Posted by: Pi | Mar 13, 2010 11:08:27 AM

  11. The sponsors are a bunch of Smuckers.

    Posted by: DeeVee | Mar 13, 2010 1:57:09 PM

  12. I admire Johnny Weir for being honest (unlike most gay athletes) and EVERY Gay person should celebrate that!

    I, like others in this thread would have actually gone to see Weir in Stars On Ice (but not without him). I imagine there IS a thoughtful producer who understands that there is a paying audience that wants to see Weir's talent and style.It could be quite a show - with built in press - It seems like the lineup for Stars on Ice is quite weak . . .

    Posted by: Peter X | Mar 13, 2010 4:31:18 PM

  13. so tragic that some gay men commenting here think that being effeminate in any way seems to mean that you are trying to undermine gay activism, that johnny weir being himself is, according to them, wrong. that is nothing but deeply rooted homophobia. sad.

    Posted by: Tim R | Mar 13, 2010 11:32:01 PM

  14. When the world grows up and the Olympics has ice dancing competitions that include lesbian and gay male couples then all the drama about Weir will be a thing of the past.

    That's probably going to take a few hundred years....so don't hold your breath or anything.

    In the meantime Johnny does a better triple lutz than I, so I'll respect him!

    Posted by: mark | Mar 14, 2010 4:32:48 AM

  15. i find the fags on this thread who are denigrating johnny weir beneath contempt.

    from wiki: John G. "Johnny" Weir (born July 2, 1984) is an American figure skater. He is a three-time U.S. National Champion (2004–2006), the 2008 Worlds bronze medalist, a two-time Grand Prix Final medalist, and the 2001 World Junior Champion. As of February 2010 he is ranked fourth in the world.

    there was a time when i would disdain my gay brothers for being less masculine than i thought they should be. that thinking for me is long in the past. johnny weir is among the strongest of us all.

    he is great at what he does. frankly, he would be the only real, ballsy man on "stars on ice" if they had the cojones to get him. alas, they worship mediocrity.

    Posted by: nic | Mar 14, 2010 5:18:51 PM

  16. Gay men's discomfort with the slightest bit of flamboyance or femininity ("str8 acting"?!!!) is sad. I think Weir is confident, bright, and talented. I'm proud to include him in our expansive LGBT community, even though he may not yet be "officially" one of us. Cut the kid some slack and remember what many of YOU went through on your journey toward being more comfortable with your sexual identity.

    Posted by: Tom | Mar 14, 2010 7:46:36 PM

  17. I'd certainly go see a Weir event (provided he leaves the furs at home).

    I will NOT be seeing Stars on Ice. Neither will the more enthusiastic skating fans in my family, who are disgusted by their decision to lock him out.

    Posted by: Randy | Mar 14, 2010 8:44:31 PM

  18. The gay community is the BIGGEST homophobes on the planet...not hetros, but old, bitter gays who desperately want to fit in with hetros. Just read these comments...everytime there's blatant homophobia reported on here, you have self loathing gays siding with the hetros UNTIL their ass gets bashed in and then they call the ACLU and get sue happy. I certianly PRAY all those who play devils advocate on here just to support hater hetros get some discriminating in the near future.

    P.S- Johny Weird is the Tiger Woods of figure skating. NO ONE gives a flying blank about this dead as disco sport until he came along and generated more press for it than Tanya Harding's white trash @$$...and you can take that to the bank.

    Posted by: Bayley | Mar 15, 2010 2:45:28 AM

  19. Skrew Stars On Ice...I'm making a facebook update to have everyone boycott the show and pass it along their face book. I have 4,000 friends and it will spread quickly. Hows that for being "Family Friendly?" ....flamboyence is a part of life and Thank GOD people are different than the next person.

    Posted by: Kyle | Mar 15, 2010 2:51:03 AM

  20. I agree with several points here.

    #1 - When did figure skating delude itself into thinking it's butch? Yes, it's extremely athletic, and we all appreciate the conditioning required for competition, but come on. Any time you dye your shoes to match your outfit AND use a Bedazzler, you pretty much have to give up on butchness.

    #2 - STARS ON ICE absolutely missed the best publicity they would ever have gotten. Johnny Weir, whom I adore, is an attention and media magnet. Ticket sales would have been through the roof with people panting in anticipation of Johnny's performances. Companies spend bazillions to get that kind of press, and these morons turned it away when it was all but free. STOOPID.

    #3 - I don't exactly understand WHAT is so outrageous about Weir. He's fun, and he's exciting to watch. If he did a Lady GaGa routine during STARS ON ICE, people would love it. She's a hugely popular artist, and lots of young people, who are in families, love her. If anything, that kind of performance would make figure skating cool to a whole new demographic. Teenagers will actually WANT to go do something with their parents.

    I'm so tired of the phrase "family friendly." It assumes that all families are mindless clones who want sanitized entertainment that is free of any diversity or engaging commentary. STARS ON ICE is insulting and underestimating its audience.

    Posted by: Michael Dragoni | Mar 15, 2010 10:32:06 AM

  21. @WISLAKEMAN --- WOW!!!!!!! Blame the victim much?????? Saying that a figure skater is "too flamboyant" is an oxymoron, which I guess goes along with your moronic remark.

    Get over your "straight acting" personna that you use to hide your real self during the daytime, and celebrate guys like Weir who have enough courage to act and speak the way they feel.

    Guys like Weir have had to put up with more homophobic shit than you have ever pooped out of your own self hating asshole. These kind of guys, drag queens, trannies, and fems were unafraid to stand up for our rights while you were cowardly trying to fake out your parents by dating girls.

    What the fuck is so warped in your pea brain, that you feel you have to blame Weir rather than the folks who are afraid of his being "too gay".

    WISLAKEMAN you need to STFU and change your name to WISLAKEQuisling.

    Posted by: Continuum | Nov 4, 2010 2:13:25 PM

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