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Queer Nation Protests Gay Figure Skater Johnny Weir Over NBC Gig at Sochi Games: PHOTO


The activist group Queer Nation protested an appearance by gay figure skater Johnny Weir at Barnard College in NYC last night over his gig as an NBC correspondent for the 2014 Sochi Games.

“In advance of its broadcast of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Russia, NBC has embarked on a disinformation campaign to minimize the plight of LGBT Russians in order to justify its involvement in the Games,” said Duncan Osborne, a member of Queer Nation.

“NBC has had the openly gay Johnny Weir, a former figure skater, and Thomas Roberts, the openly gay MSNBC anchor, make public comments that suggest that Russia’s anti-gay laws are not harming LGBT Russians,” Osborne continued. “But those laws have led to the arrest and imprisonment of LGBT Russians, and have resulted in de facto state-sanctioned beatings, torture, rape, and murder of Russian lesbians and gay men. NBC should stop deceiving the public and tell the truth.”

Weir was speaking at an event at Barnard College called "The Sochi Olympics and the Role of Athletes".

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  1. This is why I hate gay leftist politics (and PETA). Going after Weir DOES NOTHING to change Russian Law or LGBT Russians. But hey you got on the news right? And you all feel so good about yourselves today. UGH.

    Posted by: QJ201 | Dec 3, 2013 10:13:42 AM

  2. Weir is absolutely horrendous and probably the most damaging "visible" gay man to ever exist. Can I say that?

    Posted by: GG | Dec 3, 2013 10:14:01 AM

  3. @QJ201

    It won't change Russian law, duh, but most Americans will hear him speak glowingly about Russia and how gay Russians are fine, nothing to complain about. He is the face for the Olympics regarding the gay issue in Russia and was hired only to disinform viewers about the situation there, you effin wretch.

    Posted by: GG | Dec 3, 2013 10:18:19 AM

  4. Why does Queer Nation include a hateful anti-gay slur in their name? We have to protest them.

    Posted by: will | Dec 3, 2013 10:24:17 AM

  5. Of course this is effective campaigning.

    Uncle Tom Weir and Uncle Tom Roberts have been hired by NBC to fool people into thinking everything is OK for LGBT Russians.

    These protests do nothing immediate to help the victims of the fascist persecution in Russia but leaning on NBC and the sponsors in this manner will force them to pressure the Russian dictatorship into changing the law.

    The Putin dictatorship is desperate to show the world that Russia is more than a fascist hellhole. That's going to be hard to do when the entire world and lots of huge corporations are wary of dealing with such a monstrous country.

    Posted by: MaryM | Dec 3, 2013 10:24:43 AM

  6. Will Weir wear his Russian uniform while telling us how awesome life is for LGBT folks there?

    Posted by: homer | Dec 3, 2013 10:35:00 AM

  7. @GG - yes, you can say that.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Dec 3, 2013 10:38:33 AM

  8. What a total waste of time, not to mention yet another desperate publicity-seeking ploy on the part of QN. We should just ignore Johnny Weir, he's vapid and not worth the effort.

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Dec 3, 2013 10:57:40 AM

  9. So to the people who hate trans activists, do you now hate gay people? Gay people are here doing something gauche, which we know you all can't abide, so that means you should hate all gay people like you hate all trans people for a small and vocal minority pouring glitter on people.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Dec 3, 2013 11:05:18 AM

  10. Republicans hate everyone.

    Posted by: MaryM | Dec 3, 2013 11:26:21 AM

  11. I don't think the Johnny Weir or Thomas Roberts have ever made "public comments that suggest that Russia’s anti-gay laws are not harming LGBT Russians". They have only said that they don't think that boycotting Russia is the best way to affect change in this situation. In fact, when Roberts was there to host Miss Universe, he also filed stories showing how Russian gays were being affected by the laws. Weir has said that he will go to Russia and just be his regular gay self and let the chips fall where the may.
    There's a place for all kinds of protests, but Queer Nation should do its homework.

    Posted by: | Dec 3, 2013 12:12:37 PM

  12. Good to see thinking people not giving Weir a pass.

    Posted by: Randy | Dec 3, 2013 12:46:56 PM

  13. Message to "Queer" Nation: You guys may be "queers". I'm an out and proud gay man.

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 3, 2013 4:21:34 PM

  14. When has Johnny Weir and Thomas Roberts said that LGBT people in Russia are not being harmed? Never. They only mentioned that boycotting the Games will harm the athletes that have been training their entire lives for that moment. It's better to let our LGBT people go to Russia and show them that we're like everyone else. It's easier to change minds when you know somebody that's gay, especially since most Russians say they never met a gay person. Attacking Weird over a computer screen does nothing but divide our community.

    Posted by: Dan | Dec 3, 2013 6:55:38 PM

  15. I'm a proud Queer. Andrew, you must be one of those boring people. And Will, you must be too young to even know what you're talking about.

    Posted by: chris | Dec 3, 2013 9:20:24 PM

  16. Chris: What about being an out and proud gay man and not a "queer": makes me boring? I can't wait to read the logic of your assertion.

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 3, 2013 11:40:02 PM

  17. Attacking Weir and Roberts and other gay men like this is close to cannibalism.

    They are not supporting Russian gay bashing, they are attacking it, but attacking it in ways that are outside the narrow vision of a lot of shallow thinkers here.

    Weir going to the games and being his openly gay self IS attacking Russian gay bashing. Roberts doing the same thing is also attacking Russian gay bashing. It's providing public repudiation of the smear campaign that's been going on in Russia.

    The Russian Orthodox Church, with the help of American evangelicals, has put together a massive multi-media propaganda campaign to convince the Russian people and Russian legislators that we are all monsters. Why aren't you spending this energy to counter that propaganda, rather than attacking Weir, Roberts or Elton John.

    Of course, opposing the Russian Orthodox Church and their American supporters is VERY difficult. It's much easier to post attack comments tearing down other gay men. You guys should be ashamed of yourselves.

    Posted by: Edgar Carpenter | Dec 3, 2013 11:40:30 PM

  18. @EDGAR: Well said. Well said.

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 4, 2013 1:05:58 AM

  19. This is the problem with Queer Nation, They complain about not having rights but readily trample on the rights of others. They are a self righteous group of hypocrites!

    Posted by: ReHashed Crap | Dec 4, 2013 2:26:11 AM

  20. Everyone needs to step back and look what is happening here. One of the most visible gay athletes in history is being blamed for furthering homophobic abuse in a country 10,000 miles away. Yes, that's right, JOHNNY is the one that makes all of the homophobes in Russia rise up and beat gays.


    Posted by: Robert | Dec 4, 2013 11:51:47 AM

  21. Thomas Roberts and Johnny Weir have both spoken out against Russia's anti-gay law. And they've spoken out about it IN RUSSIA, where they could've been arrested for doing so. What the hell are these protesters talking about?

    Posted by: hephaestion | Dec 9, 2013 12:28:40 PM

  22. Queer Nation should protest the Russian embassy in DC, not two talented out gay men who did NOTHING wrong. Thomas and Weir have done far more than Queer Nation to fight the anti-gay law in Russia.

    Posted by: hephaestion | Dec 9, 2013 12:34:19 PM

  23. I'm openly gay, in my early 50's and Johnny Weir makes me so upset when I see him. He perpetuates the stereotype that gays are flamboyant. He sets us back a decade overtime he appears on TV and opens him mouth. Jesus, Johnny, really? Or better yet, . . . gee NBC, if could you not have found someone else, anyone else. Johnny is the reason that folks still think folks like us should not get married. Thanks Johnny, thanks for nothing.

    Posted by: Todd Anthony | Feb 19, 2014 10:06:00 AM

  24. It's fantastic how Johnny pushes your buttons. He's what queer is, not some cardboard cut out man. You all deserve your discomfort.
    You tried to bury your past, but it was "live on NBC"

    Posted by: Ben | Mar 19, 2014 9:20:38 PM

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