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NBC Expresses Support for Johnny Weir's Apology to Gay Activists

NBC released a statement late yesterday expressing support for their correspondent Johnny Weir's apology after Weir lashed out at Queer Nation activists, calling them "idiots" at a talk at Barnard College earlier this week. The activists were protesting Weir's decision to serve as an NBC correspondent during the upcoming Sochi Games in Russia and his ongoing defense of the country despite its anti-gay laws.

Deadline reports: Weir

NBC just released a statement in response to Johnny Weir’s comments this morning that he feels “remorse” for insulting protesters during an appearance Monday at Barnard College. “We’re supportive of Johnny’s apology for his choice of words last night in an emotional setting. As we’ve previously stated, NBC will cover all newsworthy issues as they are relevant to the Games, including the LGBT law”, NBC said.

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  1. NBC obviously orchestrated his apology.

    Posted by: JMC | Dec 4, 2013 10:22:36 PM

  2. Let me get this straight. The protests could call him names on written posters but he can't call them idiots? He can say what ever he damn well pleases. I'm sick of gay people bashing others then crying foul with they get back exactly what they gave. I AM GAY and see the hypocracy of protests attacking people publicly then feeling shocked when they are attacked right back. Come on!

    Posted by: Douglas | Dec 4, 2013 10:26:23 PM

  3. Can't stand him.

    Posted by: Patrick | Dec 4, 2013 10:31:31 PM

  4. Can someone explain the logic of demanding that gay athletes like Johnny Weir stay away from Russia? Is Weir staying at home supposed to "punish" Russian homophobia? I'd rather hear Johnny Weir doing commentary on the Sochi Olympics than those insufferable NBC boors Tom Brokaw and Bob Costas.

    Posted by: Kieran | Dec 4, 2013 10:33:00 PM

  5. is he wearing an ascot?! Please tell me no.

    Posted by: Profe Sancho Panza | Dec 4, 2013 10:38:32 PM

  6. The point, Kieran, is that the Winter Games will put tons of western money into the pockets of the Russians at whose hands Russian LGBTs suffer.

    The activists don't want the games in Sochi to go forward at all. The fact that Uncle Toms like Johnny are supporting and participating adds insult to injury.

    Posted by: FFS | Dec 4, 2013 10:53:10 PM

  7. "Is Weir staying at home supposed to "punish" Russian homophobia?"

    No! It's much more effective to sit at a computer and take 30 seconds filling out an outline petition or express one's outrage on obscure gay blogs!


    Posted by: Henry Holland | Dec 4, 2013 11:02:56 PM

  8. @Douglas: if he's working for ABC, they expect him to follow corporate practices, which is generally to ignore the "idiots" rather than respond to them.

    The apology was not really for calling the idiots idiots, but for not following standard corporate procedures. Since Weir is a "newbee" in the media world, ABC let the mistake slide given the apology he made.

    The corporate policy is based on the observation that, while a lot of protesters are idiots, some actually have a valid point, so by ignoring all of them, they can lump the serious people in with the real idiots and use that as an excuse to avoid arguing with people who would win.

    Posted by: Bill | Dec 4, 2013 11:03:32 PM

  9. Dear NBC,

    Nobody asked for your opinion.

    Any queer with a sense of compassion for others can see that Weir puts self and sport before his fellow human being and I have no doubt the future will make this point very clear to him someday. I rest easy with the knowledge that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

    Posted by: Paul | Dec 4, 2013 11:44:51 PM

  10. Word of the day: quisling.

    Posted by: Gregory in Seattle | Dec 4, 2013 11:56:00 PM

  11. Also, Kieran, the outrage isn't just that he's going to Russia and supports the Olympics. He's also made inane comments about his massive love for Russia and has appeared wearing a Russian soldier's uniform. It's all attention-seeking behavior, and sadly it's working.

    He has almost no experience as a commentator and isn't exactly a sports expert, so I wouldn't care about any observations he'd make no matter where the Olympics were.

    Posted by: Paul R | Dec 4, 2013 11:58:17 PM

  12. If I were a gay athlete who had trained for years for the Olympics, I would go to Sochi, too.
    To ask these athletes, gay or straight, to boycott the Games is to ask them to sacrifice their dreams and make all of the work and preparation they've done be for nothing. That's way too much to ask. Target the sponsors if you want, but don't ask this of the athletes.

    Posted by: Chris | Dec 5, 2013 12:11:25 AM

  13. Athletes can go to Sochi or not. Whatever.

    However Johnny Weir has a moral responsibility to beleaguered LGBT Russians, and rightly deserves every bit of criticism he's been getting for abandoning them. That is a life or death issue. No one should complain about Queer Nation's tactics who hasn't either engaged in protests to get Weir to support endangered gays, or in protests against Russia. He himself said he's selfish, so NBC looks like they have a gay disliked by the gays, amirite?

    Posted by: SanFranAdvocate | Dec 5, 2013 12:46:09 AM

  14. @Chris

    They weren't guaranteed a win anyways. So they put all of that work and preparation into it knowing perfectly well that it could potentially all be a waste. Freedom isn't free, and heros don't become heros by putting self first. Whatever disappointment they may feel as a result of a boycott is nothing in comparison to what Russian LGBTs feel.

    Posted by: Chris | Dec 5, 2013 12:48:19 AM

  15. The best thing we can do, as a community, is to boycott NBC and the Sochi Games. Take NBC off your television dial.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Dec 5, 2013 1:11:16 AM

  16. I've said it before... Johnny Weir UGH!

    Is winning a tainted medal for future tainted endorsements (??) all worth it? Boycott this dammed Olympics!

    Posted by: Will G. | Dec 5, 2013 1:32:53 AM

  17. Did anyone see the " 60 minutes" story on this fiasco??..not only GLBT but hidden behind the huge walls as you drive in from the airport are people living five to one small kitchen/the idea that this isn't even a Winter location with the Russians saving snow..its all disgusting/athelete or no athlete..its human rights for all

    Posted by: Tony | Dec 5, 2013 2:33:40 AM

  18. Johnny don't let the PC Police dictate what you think and say. They are like the Vatican "Holy Office" that wants to control people. Give em the finger and live your life according to your own ideas and principles.

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 5, 2013 2:35:05 AM

  19. F*** NBC - useless pack of fascist collaborators.

    I won't be watching anything during these Hatelympics

    Posted by: MaryM | Dec 5, 2013 3:30:10 AM

  20. He was closeted most of his life, he married someone who was closeted one month before he married his sorry butt - he LOVES hatefilled Russia, loves hypocrisy, LOVES stabbing the back of gay people in this world.

    He has no soul.

    Posted by: Verily | Dec 5, 2013 8:01:28 AM

  21. @Tony

    Yeah, I've heard the same things. Sochi won't exactly go off smoothly. Russia is a 3rd world country. It's corrupt and and way behind construction completion in sochi.
    Of all the places in Russia, with all that vodka urine drenched snow - closet case putin and his cronies picked sochi.
    Makes sense.

    Posted by: Verily | Dec 5, 2013 8:07:17 AM

  22. Apologizing for calling protesters idiots doesn't make Weir any less an idiot.

    Posted by: Mitch | Dec 5, 2013 11:24:33 AM

  23. Hands up of those who didn't already know that Weir is an arrogant @assh@le. ... One ... two ... yeah, I thought so.

    Posted by: Liam | Dec 5, 2013 12:10:08 PM

  24. Well if NBC supports him it must be okay.

    Posted by: db | Dec 5, 2013 12:19:37 PM

  25. Weir's "apology" was really annoying. It was basically saying "I spoke without thinking. I'm a kook! Love me, I'm adorable!"

    Posted by: db | Dec 5, 2013 12:20:37 PM

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