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Keith Olbermann Exposes Johnny Weir's Disappointing Position on Gays and the Sochi Games: VIDEO

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Following his blistering condemnation of Russia's anti-gay laws, the position of Sochi Games officials, and the IOC, Keith Olbermann welcomed Johnny Weir into his studio to ask the gay Olympian what he thinks about how we should be responding to what's happening in Russia.

Weir, a self-described "true patriot and spokesperson for their country" argued staunchly against "a boycott of any kind", saying that it would hurt Olympic athletes. He also argued against boycotts of Russian goods - specifically vodka, arguing that it hurts Russian workers in factories.

Weir, who made the bizarre choice of wearing a Russian military outfit to the interview, was given the chance many times by Olbermann to take a stand as a gay man on the issue, but when pressed to the corner, finally dealt this illogical quote:

"I live in New Jersey, so I'm not even still considered an equal human. I wasn't considered an equal in this country, so why should I stay away from another country that doesn't consider me equal, and why should I not show the world what I worked hard for?"

Replied Olbermann:

"There's really not much of an answer for that other than your perspective on it."

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  1. Weir is truly a vile person.

    Posted by: jht | Sep 10, 2013 12:15:26 PM


  2. Just skate, Johnny, just skate. And leave the thinking to someone else.

    Posted by: Sean Maloney | Sep 10, 2013 12:18:08 PM


  3. Stick to flailing around the ice rink like a retarded gerbil Johnny.

    Posted by: whatthefuck | Sep 10, 2013 12:18:09 PM


  4. As if he could even make the team at this point....I'm just sayin'

    Posted by: Don | Sep 10, 2013 12:19:20 PM


  5. My question is why is this considered an either / or option for the athletes? A boycott of the Russian Olympics doesn't have to mean a cancelling of the competitions. Move the competitions to other locations around the world. That should be relatively easy for most of the competitions such as the skiing and skating competitions. Those sports hold contests every year in many locations around the world. Those competitions should be very easy to move out of Sochi. I don't think anyone is suggesting that the athletes shouldn't get to compete. Just not in Russia.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 10, 2013 12:19:49 PM


  6. He makes a point though, the NJ Assembly and Senate passed a marriage equality law here in NJ. Our fat governor vetoed it - so in NJ and many other states gays and lesbians are still being treated as second-class citizens. In many other states there are laws on the books that make it legal to discriminate against gays and lesbians - so should that prevent the US from ever hosting another Olympics or similar scale event?

    Posted by: Steve | Sep 10, 2013 12:23:49 PM


  7. He's one of us. Why don't you take him into the fold? Guess we are not the same, even though you get the impression we are supposed to be. He's more gay than you want to be associated with. Can't control everything...

    Posted by: Ben | Sep 10, 2013 12:24:37 PM


  8. If the Russians actually do arrest gay athletes in Sochi, it would be such a pity if Weir was the first to go. But then I guess that WOULDN'T be a slap in the face to his parents. Oh well, nobody ever said figure skaters are smart about anything but figure skating...

    Posted by: jomicur | Sep 10, 2013 12:27:09 PM


  9. *eye-roll*
    but he does make a point - lgbt people are discriminated-against second-class citizens in America. Should every other country in the world that is more advanced in terms of LGBT Equality be boycotting the US?
    now, is there a "difference" between the forms of discrimination. yes.

    but let's remember: when you have to compare yourself to Russia or Uganda to "look good" then you're approaching desperation.

    you compare yourself to the best. not the worst.

    that said, his answers weren't terribly intelligent, or empowered or cohesive.

    that said, its' not as if The Commenting Crowd are prepared to become a face on the world wide web speaking out against the corrupt Russian government, either....

    in all of this, truly, i'm most sickened by the IOC who have revealed themselves to truly be without integrity.


    as for the "no gay propaganda in Russia" thing - just think Tennessee's "Don't Say Gay" bill, folks. yup.

    yup yup yup.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Sep 10, 2013 12:27:37 PM


  10. I love how athletes are basically FORCED into making a statement onto this, and then you have people saying "Oh, just skate Johnny, don't give your opinion." You guys are BEGGING for his opinion.

    Russia's disgusting stance on gay rights doesn't change the fact that the Olympics are CONSTANTLY held in countries where we have no rights. And the idea of the Olympics is all about putting aside the differences between countries and competing at a pure level - USA vs Russia vs Iraq vs Zimbabwe and so on - and getting along peacefully. Why can NO ONE see that's what the spirit of the games are?

    Posted by: Robert | Sep 10, 2013 12:29:43 PM


  11. The way many of the queens here on Towleroad complain about the United States as if they are African Americans living in the Jim Crow south just because they can't get married, I'm surprised Andy and people here have a problem with this. He could literally be a Towleroad commenter and fit right in

    Posted by: Mike C. | Sep 10, 2013 12:31:07 PM


  12. Olberman didn't say ANYTHING. He gave him a complete pass! He should've said but since when is New Jersey banning gays from being GAY?!

    Posted by: Rowan | Sep 10, 2013 12:31:17 PM


  13. "my lifestyle". Oh Johnny, you're a schmuck.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Sep 10, 2013 12:32:40 PM


  14. Well, someone needs to *bring it*, especially after he sums up gayness as a *lifestyle*.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Sep 10, 2013 12:33:09 PM


  15. To be fair, the law doesn't ban people from being gay, just talking about it... exactly like similar laws in Tennessee, etc.

    Posted by: denizo | Sep 10, 2013 12:33:33 PM


  16. To be fair, Denizo, the "don't say gay" bill didn't pass in Tennessee either.

    Posted by: Caliban | Sep 10, 2013 12:40:03 PM


  17. He is the George Michael of the ice rink.

    Posted by: Rad | Sep 10, 2013 12:42:16 PM


  18. Andrew Sullivan just had the crown of "most annoying gay media personality" snatched from his head.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Sep 10, 2013 12:43:50 PM


  19. Don’t expect activism from people whose main interest is firmly centered on themselves. Egocentrism and hedonism as a disguise to cope with discrimination never lead to any achievement, as an example we’ve seen plenty of closeted wealthy gays whose only interest was to not be discovered or to be granted their –and their only- right to not be bothered. Our hunger for gay models make us choose people whose minds is just into “fabulousness” and shallow stuff –or whose only contribution is telling how they had to endure being themselves- but who rarely go further on to support their peers. Weir has the right to make as if nothing happens in Russia while attending Sochi, even mocking the issue with his disguise; we have the right to cast him away as a person to look forward.

    Posted by: SAYTHETRUTH | Sep 10, 2013 12:44:02 PM


  20. It's not that no one gets it, @ROBERT, it's that getting along peacefully isn't very meaningful when everyone is forced to conform their outward ideology to the lowest common denominator. The grand goal isn't actually that grand when it comes down to it.

    Posted by: JJ | Sep 10, 2013 12:48:29 PM


  21. Steve-your body shaming is sick. Millions of fat folks are on your side.

    Posted by: Mrs. Sippi | Sep 10, 2013 12:48:52 PM


  22. It's really hard to speak fairly as a non-American living outside your country, but we get slammed with your news daily.

    Some parts of the US seem pretty good and progressive, but most of the country seems to be a patchwork of conflicting laws and values. It's not just about marriage equality, although that's the "cause du jour".

    Employment Non-Discrimination Act? Housing controls, compelling equal protection for tenants? The right to compel a business to serve "us" equally... thinking of several bakeries that were recently in the news?

    Equal means "equal", and you just don't have it yet... although you're making huge strides.

    Johnny has a point, although I think the uniform is a bit, unfortunately, tasteless.

    Posted by: James in Toronto | Sep 10, 2013 12:49:47 PM


  23. My god the apologists and excuse makers commenting here defending this guys ignorance is ridiculous. There are people in Russia being murdered and it being swept under the rug because LGBT people are treated like they are unworthy of living there and this pompous twit has the gall to say these ignorant and completely foolish and detrimental statements. He doesnt ONCE think of what these teens kids and adults who are lesbian bisexual gay and transgender are facing and enduring there on a daily basis. Selfish little cowardly hypocrite.

    Posted by: Kenny | Sep 10, 2013 12:58:08 PM


  24. My god the apologists and excuse makers commenting here defending this guys ignorance is ridiculous. There are people in Russia being murdered and it being swept under the rug because LGBT people are treated like they are unworthy of living there and this pompous twit has the gall to say these ignorant and completely foolish and detrimental statements. He doesnt ONCE think of what these teens kids and adults who are lesbian bisexual gay and transgender are facing and enduring there on a daily basis. Selfish little cowardly hypocrite.

    Posted by: Kenny | Sep 10, 2013 12:58:09 PM


  25. How about some real news? Your hero is being humiliated and Putin is coming to the rescue. Of course on here Miley Cyrus covers rule the day, not speeches and votes about impending war. The White House boasting about how potential use of force stopped the conflict. Spin away..Putin's relationship with Assad stopped it. Obama is spared, but his world image greatly diminished. Look out the window...It's a beautiful day..., did I mention France dropped out of the coalition of two? Two being us and them.

    Posted by: Tim | Sep 10, 2013 1:00:19 PM


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