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Johnny Weir Just Wants To Be Loved, Is That So Wrong?

I don’t know, maybe he really doesn’t. He actually said doesn’t want an apology from the broadcasters who mocked and ridiculed him, he only wants understanding. But let’s not split hairs here – it was a catchy title and let’s leave it at that, okay?

Johnny Weir discussed the controversial, homophobic and totally inappropriate comments made by French-Canadian broadcasters Claude Mailhot and Alain Goldberg of the RDS network regarding the figure skater. In case you are just catching up, below is a sampling of some the remarks:

“They think all the boys that skate will end up like him.”

“We should make him pass a gender test at this point.”

Obviously, many people – myself included – have had some fun with Johnny Weir’s “flamboyant” style and personality, but clearly these kind of comments cross the line of good taste, especially when you consider they are being broadcast into homes where anybody, including children, could be watching (I certainly hope the Sportress of Blogitude isn’t required reading in the elementary schools…or do I?)

That is what upset Weir most, and he addressed that issue on Wednesday.

“I want them to think before they speak. I want them to think about not only the person they’re talking about, but also other people like that person,” he said. “What people as a majority need to do is think, and think about who they’re affecting. … I don’t want, 50 years from now, more boys and girls to go through this same thing.”

“I hope more kids can grow up like I did and more kids can feel the freedom to express themselves,” he said. “Out of ugly, I think the most important thing in life is to make something beautiful.”

Truer words have never been spoken. Well, maybe there have been truer words spoken at some time or another. It’s just a saying, for crying out loud. What is the deal with you people? Leave me alone! Just like Weir, I just want to be loved, is that so wrong?

Johnny Weir wants understanding, not apology [Game On!]
French broadcasters: Johnny Weir should take gender test [Out of Bounds]