Monday, March 1, 2010

Figure Skating's Too Gay Hypocrisy: Johnny Weir Responds

Which of these skaters is "too gay" for figure skating?
     Is Elton John too gay for music?  Is Tom Ford too gay for fashion?  Is Rupert Everett too gay for acting?  Is Rufus Wainwright too gay for opera?  Was Michaelangelo too gay for the Vatican?  Then how in the world could Johnny Weir be too gay for figure skating?

     After religion and politics, the world of sports takes a close third in having some of the biggest homophobes in the world, and nothing has displayed this sad truth more than the way three-time U.S. National Champion figure skater and Olympic athlete Johnny Weir was portrayed during the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.

     The Australian media made homophobic comments about Weir and Japan's Daisuke Takahashi being too "Brokeback Mountain," while the French-Canadian media focused in on Weir saying that he ought to take a gender test to be allowed in the competition.  Instead of lashing back, Weir was a true gentleman in his response to these media attacks.  His response is embedded at the bottom of this post.

      And what about the U.S. news media?  They talk around Weir's athleticism by not calling him an athlete.  They belittle his accomplishments.  They don't say the word gay, as if it's taboo.  He was allegedly left out of skating advertisement campaigns by the USFSA, which displays how gays themselves can be some of the biggest homophobic hypocrites.

     Here are some of ESPN The Magazine's Shaun Assael's euphemisms for Weir's gayness reported by
   Choice descriptions: "... too flamboyant [headline] ... undisputed diva ... fearlessly flamboyant stylist ... photographed in a miniskirt and high heels ... gender-bending flamboyance ... strutting ... dressed like David Bowie's Aladdin Sane ... in a bubble bath with a male friend ... bright-purple tank top, plaid shorts and gold slippers ... figure skating's peacock ... isn't scrimping on the voguing ... club-ready dance moves ... Garbo-like poses."
     It sounds to me like, Mr. Asseal has a quite an obsession with the twink stereotype.

     As if the more "socially acceptable" Evan Lysacek, wearing sequin snakes was more masculine.  Really, people, get over it.  Gay man dominate the figure skating world.  If you are going to watch it, then deal with it.  Gay men are masculine.  Hetero masculinity is not the only way to be a man in this world, and especially not in the world of figure skating.

     The Huffington Post reports:
     While pundits have deemed him "too gay for figure skating," the fact is Johnny Weir is a U.S. champion athlete, no matter how insane his costumes or suggestive his moves are. This week, Bryan Safi explored how the "flamboyant" figure skater has prompted such complaints from talking heads as, "I don't need to watch a prima ballerina on the ice." Wait, you don't? Because we were under the impression that that's what figure skating IS. Or wait, is that ice dancing? 
Here's a comedic take on the absurdity of someone being too gay for figure skating, courtesy of That's Gay.

Here is Weir's gentlemanly response to the media.


FDeF said...

Good for him. He's a courageous and beautiful person.

Heretic Tom said...

I agree 100%. Weir is brave as they come. He skated beautifully without any mistakes. I thought they low-balled him in the scoring.