I hope conservatives won’t feel compelled to root for Johnny Weir out of their disdain for animal rights groups. Weir tried his best to offend Republicans, or rather the imaginary boogeyman Republicans. He dressed in high heels and wore feather boas. And just to emphasize how outrageous he is to Republicans he said; “I know I outrage Republicans” to NBC interviewers during the 2006 Olympics.
The problem for Weir of course was that almost no Republicans have heard of him. Republicans who like figure skating don’t ask and don’t tell about a skater’s personal life. Republicans who don’t like figure skating can’t be bothered to notice it. Weir kept trying. He refused to go to the White House with the rest of the 2006 Olympic Team. The most hated Republican of them all should not ruin his pristine goodness. Again his plot to make conservatives hate him was waylaid by the fact that conservatives have no idea who the heck he is. Mindless little drones like Weir are convinced they can shock and horrify conservatives. It never occurs to him that conservatives just don’t care.
So Weir had to find someone to offend by gosh, and at last he has succeeded. With great fanfare he announced far ahead of time he would wear real fox fur on his costume at the US Figure Skating Championships. After a clean short, he spent his entire interview talking about his real fox fur costume. After a boring 5th place long program, he was placed on the Olympic Team to take his dead fox off to the largest stage in the world.
Naturally the Animal-Rights Left went nuts. http://www.nbcolympics.com/news-features/news/newsid=401630.html?__source=rss&cid= As any conservative could have told him once you get the left riled up there is no riling them back down. Like a pack of scavenging hyenas PETA will rip and shred till there is nothing left. Weir wanted to offend people he just didn’t realize that involved hate mail and death threats. Well Johnny now you know how President Bush feels. The PC police make the most corrupt skating judge look like King Solomon.
Once long, long ago I stood in a crowded arena and cheered my throat hoarse for Johnny Weir, because his skating that day was brilliant. Once he head grace and line and looked like John Curry brought back to the prime of life. But earning fame and fortune as a figure skater is a lot of hard work. It requires discipline, sacrifice all those things young punks like Weir have no time for. It is so much easier to get a reality show by being a tremendous schmuck than to earn your money the way Evan Lysacek and Jeremy Abbot have, through hard work, dedication and great skating.
Watch the Olympics; root for Jeremy and Evan. Ignore Weir. It is the only thing he can’t stand.