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It’s probably safe to assume that, for every 10 pieces of positive — or at least non-heterosexist — media coverage of Johnny Weir, there will be at least one report that manages to offend. Already we heard from two Australian television commentators who made fun Weir’s performance costume. And now Canada’s own RDS, a French-language sports channel in Quebec, has two talking heads on the hook for some off-color comments. Like how Weir’s flamboyance gives figure skating a bad image.
An exchange between sportscasters Claude Mailhot (a former provincial assistant deputy minister) and Alain Goldberg have The Gays ready to file complaints with the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council.
Among their statements, made during (after?) Weir’s Feb. 16 short program:
• Mailhot: “This may not be politically correct, But do you think he lost points due to his costume and his body language?”
• Goldberg: “They’ll think all the boys who skate will end up like him. It sets a bad example.”
And those comments came after, in bringing up South African track star Caster Semenya, Goldberg said, “We should make [Weir] pass a gender test at this point,” which was followed by Mailhot saying Weir should be skating with the women.
Um. Hello? You there? The ones making comments about figure skating on national television? Hate to be the ones to inform you, but: FIGURE SKATING IS THE GAYEST SPORT, LIKE, EVS. Weir’s outsized personality might draw curiosity and buzz, but there are more fags in this sport than you’d care to acknowledge. And the idea that such a confident, self-accomplished athlete is “too gay” for the sport, or any competition, is such a sad, archaic mentality that it makes us laugh at you, not Mr. Weir.
Weir does not set a “bad example” for wannabe figure skaters. Rather, he sets an excellent example — and brands the sport as one where you can be as ambitious, unique, and as proud of your talent as you want to be. Instead of remarking about how Weir is bad for figure skating’s “image,” we should be commending him for showing a side to the sport that the sports media oh-so-foolishly tries to hide.
Messrs Mailhot and Goldberg: You’re very welcome to go and suck a dick.
(If anyone can translate the above video in full, we’d greatly appreciate it. Either email us, or leave it in the comments.) UPDATE: Reader Jennifer offers us a translation below.