girlie jones (girliejones) wrote,
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Johnny Weir

It came up tonight so I went looking for this clip on That's Gay from Infomania on Johnny Weir and how he is portrayed in the media - as fabulous, fun, controversial but never for the athlete that he is. I have fallen in love with Weir this Olympics. I find him utterly fascinating in his performance which is talented and skilled, in the way he refuses to conform, in that he is interesting and exciting and innovative, and that he is a really nice, honest, guy. A guy who is comfortable in his own skin and who seems to be able to let the rest slide.

But what I also find fascinating is how the media find interacting with him so awkward because he refuses to conform and because he camps up his image and his performance and embraces the stereotype of the male figure skater and isn't scrambling to legitimise it in ways that others might be trying to do.



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