When his talk at Barnard college was picketed by LGBT activists, Queer Nation, self-confessed Russophile Johnny Weir referred to them as a bunch of “idiots.” Weir then reflected on the incident in an op-ed appropriately titled “Foot in Mouth,” expressing regret for his “tongue getting away” from him. He concedes this isn’t the first time he’s put his mouth, but when it comes to the controversial and complicated issue of the Russian Olympics, Johnny’s been eating toe sandwiches for months.
Here, a collection of Johnny Weir’s most head-scratchingly questionable comments about Russia:
On Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law, Gay City News reports Weir “flippantly characterized” it as “no anal sex in front of libraries.”
“I’ve never had a bad experience in Russia…not gotten called a fag or beat up. I only see the rosy, golden side. I choose to see Russia in an arrogant, selfish way. I didn’t know what to think about the new law.” [Source]
“Like anyone, I’m afraid of being arrested. But also I’m not afraid of being arrested.” [Source]
“What my speech related to was the role of athletes at the upcoming Russian Olympics, and as if it isn’t obvious, this is a topic I know a lot about and am very passionate about.” [Source]
“I still don’t study Russian politics. I don’t pretend to get Russian politics.” [Source]