When the fur issue did catch my attention though, beyond my general thoughts that wearing real fur is completely unnecessary and barbaric (though vintage fur and fake fur are all good), I didn't really give Weir any extra thought. It did make me interested in him enough to read a post on some comments two Canadian broadcasters made some pretty fucked up comments during his Olympic performance though.
From NY Daily News:
"This may not be politically correct, but do you think he lost points due to his costume and his body language?" Mailhot said.Seriously, wtf? Unfortunately these comments aren’t really that surprising and are a perfect example of how two-dimensional our gender is seen by a lot of people. Anything remotely “flamboyant” is feminine and anything “aggressive” male.
Goldberg responded that Weir's graceful mannerisms take the muscle out of male figure skating and damage the sport.
"They'll think all the boys who skate will end up like him," he said. "It sets a bad example."
The men suggested that Weir, a three-time U.S. national figure skating champ, should take a gender test — and that he should skate against women.
Weir’s comments were pretty much all I could hope for though:
It makes me wonder what it says about our society when a male figure skater isn’t even allowed to wear sequins without his gender being called into question.
Holden, I promise we'll love you even if you grow up to wear sparkly hot pink leotards and dance to pop music. In fact, I think I'd love you more. Just kidding. Mostly...
And just cause it's too awesome not to post, here's Weir skating to Lady Gaga's Poker Face: