Ice Queen Johnny Weir: The Gay Community Hates Me So Much! – (Ya Think?)

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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6 Responses

  1. Staying away plays into Putin’s hands for more than turning up and creating a scene does. For Russia, if there are no gays or lesbians, there is no problem; they will breathe a collective sigh of relief.

    Last December, faced with similar pressures to boycott, Elton John turned up and spoke out against the law, yet he was not arrested. You can hear the support from the Russian audience: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIyvCiPCyDc That personal engagement gives our friends ammunition to fight ignorance and prejudice.

    I think a gay-free Olympics is exactly what Russia wants and I’m very much opposed to delivering it to them on a plate, by simply stalking off in the huff. Of course I cannot speak for Johnny Weir or tell him what to do, but I can say, if I were in his position in a major delegation, I would make it my business to turn up and engage publicly as an openly gay man. Are the police going to arrest me if I do this? If they do, so much the better so far as I am concerned, because it brings this conversation into the public arena where Russia has to PROVE harm occurred. If it happens to any of the openly gay or lesbian delegates being sent from the USA and the UK, then it will create an international incident.

  2. Thank you Mr. Williams for a very well thought out and unemotional point of view to an outright boycott. I think very highly of Will Kohler but I have to admit you make a very compelling argument. Gay athletes refusing to participate would only narrow the field for those that do participate. The IOC pulling out of Russia would have been the only sensible choice.

  3. You really think he would not enjoy such a punishment?
    I am convinced that what he said is the lead-in to a serious spanking, watch him carefully when he’s walking around next time….. no doubt sitting down very carefully, as his buns are red-hot from the whipping he no doubt will have received….. :-{)
    (and to answer your question…… it would be my pleasure! GRINS )

  4. Jim Steele says:

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  5. Unpoetaloco says:

    So, as long as you want “glory,” it’s okay to bankrupt your parents, break up their marriage, and be complicit in human rights abuses… as long as you want glory.

  6. Calling Johnny Weir a “traitor” is such puff and nonsense. I support his decision.

    When Brian Boitano was chosen by President Obama to represent the USA as part of our delegation at Sochi it led to Brian coming out of the closet just a few weeks ago. In part, here is what Brain has to say on the subject:
    “I think that we have to be careful once we go over there,’’ Boitano said. “I think the statement is already being made by us being on the delegation and Billie Jean and Caitlin, and us standing together united as gay people showing that there is freedom of speech, and we are successful human beings and athletes. I think that speaks measures.”

    I applaud our LGBT heroes and icons like Weir, Boitano, and King, who dare to stand up to the self-appointed monitors of political correctness who sophomorically resort to denigration and intimidation to push their hateful and spiteful agendas.

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