Gay Issues

Olympic Figure Skater Johnny Weir Shrugs off "Homophobic" Comments

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

American Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir is shrugging off derogatory comments broadcasters have made about his sexuality. But a Canadian gay group is not letting them off so easily.

The Quebec Gay and Lesbian Council has demanded a public apology from the French-language broadcaster RDS for comments two of its announcers made during the Olympics. One said Weir hurts figure skating's image and another said Weir should be made to take a gender test.

In a statement on its Web site, the group called the statements "outrageous" and "homophobic."

This isn't the first time during the Games that broadcasters have questioned Weir's sexuality. Australia's Channel Nine has reportedly gotten complaints from viewers after two of its hosts joked about the masculinity of Weir and other male skaters.

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Speaking on Canadian TV over the weekend, Weir said about the RDS comments: "Every little boy should be so lucky as to turn into me. And that’s all I have to say about that.”

In the past, Weir has refused to talk about his sexuality, saying it has nothing to do with his performance as an athlete. "There are some things I keep sacred. My middle name. Who I sleep with. And what kind of hand moisturizer I use."

Weir finished sixth in the figure skating competition.