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Johnny Weir Willing To Be Arrested To Draw Global Attention To Russia

weir-cbs-newsFollowing the first reports of an alleged boycott against the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, Johnny Weir was one of the first openly gay athletes to oppose the idea. He asked fans to do the same in support of the athletes competing.

There’s been much confusion regarding the new “gay propaganda” laws and whether they would apply to tourists and athletes at the Games, but this week, Russian officials made their stance on the situation crystal clear: They plan to arrest anyone promoting “gay propaganda,” including tourists and athletes.

To boot, the IOC announced shortly after that any athlete using the Olympic venue for “proactive political or religious demonstration” would be disqualified.

None of this seems to faze Weir, who told CBS News again this week that if he qualifies for the 2014 Games (he will, duh), he still plans to compete. “Like anyone, I’m afraid of being arrested,” he said. “But also I’m not afraid of being arrested.”

CBS also notes that Weir’s husband is Russian-American, and both speak the language fluently. When asked if they’d be making a big gay fuss in Sochi, Weir said “I don’t need to kiss my husband after I’ve competed a great performance. I’ll kiss him when I get to the hotel.”

“Would the Olympics be in Saudi Arabia, in Palestine, in Pyongyang, North Korea, or on Mars, I would go because that’s what I’ve trained to do and that’s what I’ve devoted my life to,” he said.

He also hopes that his outward flamboyancy will help rally opposition against the new laws. “If it takes me getting arrested for people to pay attention and for people to lobby against this law, then I’m willing to take it.”

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    • Arkano18

      I love Johnny Weir!

      I dunno, I have some weird feelings about this whole Sochi Olympics.

      Aug 13, 2013 at 2:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Katbox

      This guy is such a tool.
      Every bad stereotype.
      Fuck you Johnny.

      Aug 13, 2013 at 3:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stache1

      @Katbox: To be fair to Weir he did say he’s going to tone it down as in not showing any overt signs of gayness.

      Aug 13, 2013 at 3:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • middleagespread

      I have to give him credit. He says he is willing to be arrested. I would not want to be in a Russian jail for any amount of time. I am sure it is not like being locked up here in the states. Our jails are not a day at the spa. 15 days in a Russian jail must be horribly scary.

      Aug 13, 2013 at 3:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • B Damion

      @Katbox …wow really? So you are mad at him for being too gay? lol

      Aug 13, 2013 at 4:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • B Damion

      Just to let you know katbox..the world doesn’t give a sh*t how gay one is..if you would rather be with someone of the same sex, we are all considered vile and disgusting to them. No matter what form we take. lol

      Aug 13, 2013 at 4:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • GymJockTX

      Johnny Weir has expressed his willingness to stand up and be counted against Russia’s idiotic and outdated homophobic bs, and risk arrest. That’s quite commendable to me. Rock on, buddy!

      Sounds like Katbox needs to get back to her litterbox, make more smelly in there, stop stinking up the Comments section. Jeebus.

      Aug 13, 2013 at 5:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • miagoodguy

      His chance of qualifying are not very good.

      Aug 13, 2013 at 5:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • oilburner

      @Katbox: you took the words right outta my mouth. I can’t stand him hes annoying and gross

      Aug 13, 2013 at 7:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hephaestion

      Bravo to Johnny! Johnny is very popular in Russia so he has the opportunity to make a very powerful statement now.

      Aug 13, 2013 at 7:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Katbox

      @B Damion: Can’t call myself ‘gay’ cause of people like him.
      I don’t mind flamboyant men but this guy is horrendous.
      Guess it’s homosexual all the way.

      Aug 13, 2013 at 10:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Polaro

      Johnny pushes it a bit too far at times, but I love the guy. He is fierce. For those that don’t like him, you should at least acknowledge that he is speaking up. You are the same guys who would be berating him for being silent. In other words, you are the same guys who always have something negative to say about other gay men. Sad really.

      Aug 13, 2013 at 10:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam

      Took him a while to come out, but he has a large fanbase in Russia and is willing to tweak their nose so good for him.

      As for the IOC….interesting that they think that being honest about who you are is pushing a politicial agenda. Frankly if that is their attitude I say boycott all Olympics until they get some folks in there who actually support basic human rights.

      If the Olympics were in Saudi Arabia would the IOC say that women who don’t want to compete wearing a bhurka were pushing a political agenda and would be disqualified?

      The IOC has a LONG LONG LONG history of accepting bribes, it would be interesting to check the bank accounts of the board and see just how many had received recent checks from Russian accounts.

      Aug 14, 2013 at 9:21 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Teleny

      The feminine men like Johnny deserve credit because they have the courage of lions!

      Aug 14, 2013 at 3:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Spike

      The real question is, would he be willing to be arrested if there as absolutely NO press coverage?

      Aug 14, 2013 at 6:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jmmartin

      Brave young man. One thing’s for sure: he won’t be in the same cell (or Siberian camp) with Mr. Snowden.

      Aug 15, 2013 at 7:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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