Our favorite figure skater says out loud, on TV, that he's gay. We respond with spirit fingers.
On Sunday's final episode of his reality show, Be Good Johnny Weir, spectacular figure skating peacock Johnny Weir finally came out as gay after years of circumspect non-statements. And we clapped and were happy, because Johnny is fantastic.
The episode focused on Johnny competing at the Vancouver Olympics, where he was judged shamefully poorly (SIXTH PLACE?!), and then followed him on his post-Games media tour. For most of his career, all Johnny would say about his sexual orientation was variations on the following: "I don't feel the need to express my sexual being because it's not part of my sport and it's private. I can sleep with whomever I choose and it doesn't affect what I'm doing on the ice, so speculation is speculation," which is how he put it before the 2006 Olympics. 4 Sexiest Vancouver Olympic Scandals
But on Sunday's finale, Johnny said to his long-suffering agent, Tara, upon seeing a particularly outlandish hair accessory while they were prepping for the GLAAD Media Awards, "Take it off your head right now. We are not going to agitate the gays. Because I know you think the Jews run the world, but let me tell you somethin'. We are the decorators, we are the florists, we are the designers, we are the dressers, we are the stylists, we are everything." As longtime Johnny-watchers, we're pretty sure that's the first time he's publicly said "the gays" and "we" in the same place. Yay!
Earlier in the episode Johnny addressed the hard row he's had to hoe as a particularly flamboyant man in a flamboyant, easily stereotyped sport. "Last week [these hockey players] called me 'Johnny Queer' and then made a blowjob gesture," Johnny said about some unsavory homophobes at his home rink in New Jersey. "I don't blowjob-gesture people unless I actually want one. When you walk by a group of jocks and they're making fun of you, in general I'll want to turn around and say, 'Okay, if you want a blowjob, present your penis.' Because sexually, I enjoy being pursued or taken to dinner and then pursued. I think it's trashy to do it behind your back." Study: Straights Could Learn A Thing Or Two From Gays
Johnny also talked about a controversy from back during the Winter Olympics, when two Quebecois TV commentators made some vicious remarks, saying that Johnny needed a gender test, à la Caster Semenya. "It was really horrible stuff, very hurtful, untrue things," he said. "I feel like a lot of people don't know how to accept me. They all think I'm this crazy diva, bitch from hell. And nothing could be farther from the truth." Agreed! Johnny is lovely.
So, this is great news. We're super excited to see Johnny out and proud and happy, and we can't wait to see what he does next (and who he dates) if this is indeed the end of his competitive skating career. Is a complete Lady Gaga On Ice too much to ask for?
Photo via Bauer-Griffin.