The Games may be over but the images remain……
Four years ago, one of the few openly gay out athletes, lesbian Dutch speedskater Ireen Wüst won gold for the 3,000-meter race in Turin. Today, she repeated history
“Pulling all the pieces together, “I’m so proud and happy,” she says of winning gold for the 1,500 meter race this time around (she won bronze in the event in 2006). “I can’t describe how happy I am. I don’t have words for it. I think I’m the happiest person on Earth right now.”
Those are the words of the athlete who was worried talk about her sexuality was overtaking the reason she is in Vancouver: to win. And even we could feel the tears brewing on the medal podium as she received the gold medal around her neck.
Stephen Colbert paid a visit to Pride House, the Olympics venue for LGBT athletes, friends, and allies. (Which we hear is hardly being used due to the lack of openly gay athletes, but you must admit it IS a nice gesture.) The visit was part of a tour of several “houses” at the Olympics.
According to Huffingtonpost: “In the interview, Colbert asked whether LGBT was ‘a kind of sandwich,’ talked about kissing male hockey players, and explored double entendres. They also discussed new uses for Olympic pride pins. When Breakspear told him the pride pin she gave him would make him queer for a day, Colbert asked if he was ‘queen for a day.'”
In the video before rigght before the interview starts, Colbert explains to Pride House director Jennifer Breakspear that he does the show in character, and that character is an idiot who is willfully ignorant of what you care most about,
Glen (Vicks Under The Eyes) Beck and Bill (Loofa) O’Reilly should say the same thing. Well at least the “idiot” part.
But Johnny was a fierce bitch to the end and proved that he was more of a man and woman then any of those homophobic judges. As the low scores were read Johnny stood standing up and motioning to his fans that they shouldn’t boo the scores, and telling the press afterwards: “As Lady Gaga would say, ‘I have all my role models out there.’ I may not be the most decorated person in the skating world, but judging by the audience reaction … they go on my journeys with me.”
Now thats CLASS.