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Evan Lysacek Slams 'Whiner' Johnny Weir: 'They Only Hire the Best' for 'Stars on Ice'

You may remember that in early March Johnny Weir was making headlines after he was rejected from the "Stars on Ice" tour for not being "family friendly" enough (read: too gay). The snub inspired action from GLAAD and a press conference in which Weir defended his individuality.

Lysacek In a new interview, Evan Lysacek slams Weir for "whining" saying he wasn't chosen because he's just not good enough:

"'Stars on Ice' is really selective of who they hire and they only hire the best of the best to skate. It would’ve been hard of them to justify hiring him, and I think he was really upset because he wanted the financial benefit of the tour. A lot of us in the skating world were really disappointed in the way he reacted, basically whining that he wasn’t chosen."

Writes Outsports: "No Evan, Johnny wasn’t whining. He was reacting to perceived homophobia. But I guess you wouldn’t know anything about that, since you’re straight as an arrow. At least Evan left this little gem for us in the interview…  "'Last question: Are you seeing anyone? I’m single. The reason, well…(laughs)…I’m limited to who I can see. I’m dating in L.A., but I just haven’t found the right girl.'"

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  1. I thought Evan was dating a lovely girl named Alberta who lives in Vancouver.

    Posted by: ALSNYC | Apr 28, 2010 11:22:32 AM

  2. i just lost all appreciation for mz lysacek.

    Posted by: nic | Apr 28, 2010 11:25:06 AM

  3. I can't wait till someone outs this little fuckface.

    Posted by: realitythink | Apr 28, 2010 11:25:32 AM

  4. Truthfully, Evan isn't completely wrong. The reason Michael Weiss was selected was because at the time he was hired he was the best America had. Arguably, right at this moment, Weir is third best. Usually only Olympic and current World medalists are selected.

    The truth of the matter is that Scott Hamilton really really doesn't like Weir for a number of reasons other than his being gay. Scott Hamilton is a tremendous person and I suspect his reasons are valid and have to do with professionalism and a personality clash. It's Scott's tour. He can choose who he wants.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Apr 28, 2010 11:28:30 AM

  5. Scott Hamilton is a homophobic bigot, Jonathan.

    And Evan can go fuck himself, or whatever hole he secretly prefers.

    Posted by: SkepticalCicada | Apr 28, 2010 11:31:49 AM

  6. He could just keep his pretty little mouth shut and stay out of it. How about a "no comment"?

    Posted by: realitythink | Apr 28, 2010 11:32:31 AM

  7. Its obvious he wasn't chosen b/c he's "too gay" (or not family friendly as they put it). The thought of something being "too gay" in figure skating is beyond me. Although I personally find Weir annoying, I think he's a good role model and is family friendly. He works hard, is one of the best in the world at what he does, and seems like a nice guy. These two clearly hate each other (Weir's appearance on Chelsea Lately and now this by Evan).

    Posted by: dan | Apr 28, 2010 11:38:37 AM

  8. You mean like Weir's little wink on Chelsea Lately. Weir has his ridiculous reality series. He does not give the appearance of taking anything very seriously. His Olympic performance was kind of a shock actually. Had he medaled he would have been selected. But it was iffy at best for him with Stars on Ice coming in 6th. Scott Hamilton is not homophobic.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Apr 28, 2010 11:39:43 AM

  9. Wot? But, no. The REASON given for Weir's not being included was his not being " family-friendly" enough. THAT was the reason, not his skill, as Evan suggests in contradiction to the official reason. This exclusion came on the heels of a string of anti-gay slams against Weir. Weir was absolutely right to speak up.

    Posted by: JH | Apr 28, 2010 11:42:53 AM

  10. Hamilton has admitted to being homophobic.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 28, 2010 11:43:37 AM

  11. See, this is Johnny's problem - he runs his mouth so much about everything and everything that when he does actually have a legitimate leg to stand on, everyone just chalks it up to him being his "usual whiny self." Still, SOI's reasoning behind not including Johnny is basically that he's too gay, so Evan was off the mark with this one. Although I'm sure Johnny failing to medal or even place within the top 5 at the Olympics certainly didn't help his case.

    Posted by: Jamie | Apr 28, 2010 11:49:34 AM

  12. Evan just jumped on the homophobic slam bus. May he rot in hell with the other closeted bitches.

    Posted by: Hank | Apr 28, 2010 11:51:12 AM

  13. Bottom line in my opinion? Scott Hamilton, Evan Lysacek, and the institution of skating have been outed as homophobic by their treatment of Weir. Whatever the caliber of "Stars on Ice", it's clear that a) Johnny Weir is popular among key skating demographics, b) he's been clearly discriminated against for his ENTIRE career, and c) the reason Johnny Weir was rejected was not because of the caliber of his skating, no matter how his former rival says months later. If Hamilton had thought he could get away with discrediting Weir then he would have rejected Weir as a hack, not because he wasn't "family friendly". Whatever queers there are in figure skating have let themselves become the bullies from whom they fear reprisals, and there is nothing more despicable than a self-loathing, hypocritical bully.

    Posted by: Kuhnsy | Apr 28, 2010 11:52:20 AM

  14. No one is more homophobic than a big ole closet case.

    Posted by: ChristopherM | Apr 28, 2010 11:59:07 AM

  15. "I just haven't found the right girl. One with a penis."

    Posted by: Paul | Apr 28, 2010 12:00:48 PM

  16. Johnny - love him, love his honesty. Evan - blech. Wouldn't pay 2 cents to see him.

    Posted by: Ben | Apr 28, 2010 12:09:33 PM

  17. Just so y'all know, "whining" about perceived homophobia is not the same as outting people classlessly, acting like a jackass while masturbating with a massaging wand and blaming homophobia for the reason for not inclusion in a family show...

    If anything, Lysacek is being kind by keeping the issue a criticism of Weir's professionalism and skill.

    Posted by: JonBenet | Apr 28, 2010 12:11:52 PM

  18. Lysacek's comment might make sense, as long as you don't look at the roster of skaters who have previously skated with Stars on Ice.

    Johnny Weir has credentials equal to or better than a number of people who have skated with this company.

    Posted by: Taylor | Apr 28, 2010 12:31:47 PM

  19. if evan wants to be in the closet....so what. he's not out there making laws that affect our lives.

    it's his business...not ours.

    Posted by: kerry | Apr 28, 2010 12:33:55 PM

  20. @Ben

    "Johnny - love him, love his honesty."

    Honesty? Are you kidding? He never admitted that he's gay. That's why the whole Weir-Lysacek thing is just closeted gay men being catty. Weir is not a hero.

    Posted by: Eugene | Apr 28, 2010 12:36:47 PM

  21. The thing is, Johnny himself did NOT make an issue of the Stars on Ice thing. The media hopped all over it and asked about it at every turn. And Johnny made it clear that he had NEVER been invited, even when he was the national champion.

    Retire, Evan, I'm quickly becoming sick of you and your "girlfriends."

    Posted by: Robert | Apr 28, 2010 12:37:18 PM

  22. I can't wait to go to their wedding. (LOL)

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Apr 28, 2010 12:39:55 PM

  23. @Kerry

    "if evan wants to be in the closet....so what. he's not out there making laws that affect our lives."

    Politicians make anti-gay laws precisely because many gay people "want to be in the closet". Have you never heard how anti-gay bigots dismiss gay rights because gay people are "a tiny minority"? We're all in this together.

    Posted by: Eugene | Apr 28, 2010 12:40:56 PM

  24. Amazing. All the seething, loathsome, HATE that is being spewed from gay people to/about a gay person.
    Why should straight people get all the fun of gay bashing, eh?

    Posted by: JimmyD | Apr 28, 2010 12:48:52 PM

  25. @JimmyD

    "Amazing. All the seething, loathsome, HATE that is being spewed from gay people to/about a gay person."

    Do you really believe that we should never criticize a gay men just because he's gay?

    Posted by: Eugene | Apr 28, 2010 12:55:11 PM

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