Stars On Ice Tells Johnny Weir No Room On The Ice
Although it may seem to many that I’m currently obsessed with Johnny Weir, I can assure you that such is not the case however, I would be lying if I were to say that I wasn’t mesmerized by the recent blatant discrimination shown Mr. Weir first at the Olympics and now by the Stars On Ice producers. Seems as though Johnny Weir while a national, international and Olympic ranked skater is good enough to make it in the aforementioned competitions he is not going to make it onto the Stars On Ice tour any time soon. In what was first announced as the sponsors of Stars On Ice (Smuckers but now I choose to call them Schmuckers) stated that Johnny Weir was not “family friendly” after several gay and lesbian legal organizations began questioning this statement suddenly it turned out that much like the innkeeper told Mary and Joseph, there was no room at the inn or in this case, Stars On Ice tells Johnny Weir no room on the ice – Don’t Get Me Started!
For far too long the age old traditional sports community has maintained a sort of archaic code of ethics that really only expected players to be discreet about everything from their drug use to their raping of women in hotel rooms all in the name of preserving the name of the game for which the player played. They didn’t really care that the players did these things but they didn’t want anyone else to know that they did because it could hurt everything from ticket sales to endorsement deals. But as more and more ego deluded players become shall we say, “sloppy” about covering their tracks and/or waitresses wanting their twenty minutes of fame (they actually showed one of Tiger Woods’ supposed conquests at the Oscars on one of the entertainment shows – if that won’t drive a girl to take a long drive from Woods’ club I don’t know what will) athletes are becoming just like every other icon we hold up to the light and discover that there’s either nothing of value underneath or that there are so many cockroaches that crawl out of their closets that the best exterminator on the planet can’t save them from themselves. So in this world where sports figures are now being prosecuted for bringing guns into locker rooms tell me how in 2010 some sponsor can be worried about having “a gay” on the Stars On Ice tour?
Let’s talk about the obvious first, I’m sure that Johnny Weir wouldn’t be the first (or the last) gay on the Stars On Ice tour, while there is much speculation that there are more straight men on the ice than gay ones a quick look at the recent Olympics will make you cock your head like the RCA Victor dog, Nipper, with a “What you talking about Willis?” in your eyes. Trust me when I say that there may be more straight men than ever in skating but there are still a lot of gay ones too. The second thing is that Johnny Weir to the best of my knowledge had never done anything on the ice that was not “family friendly” I don’t think he’s ever done any Porn On Ice production but I could be wrong (and as I’m writing this I’m thinking about the thousands of people who would probably think that porn on ice would be hot though I would have to caution this a little as you know, men tend to have a shrinkage issue in cold environments and I’m not so sure you want to be naked while someone has a sharp skate pointed at your head or other body appendages). If you’re questioning his character because PETA has repeatedly asked him not to love fur as much as he does, then you may have something there but as far as not being family friendly, I hardly think there’s an argument there worth making up. And finally, I go back to a quote of Mel Brooks from the movie “To Be Or Not To Be” where he plays a theatre owner in Poland before they’re about to be occupied by the Nazis, “Without Gypsies, Jews and Faggots there would be no theatre!” The same can be said for ice skating and honestly almost any other profession. Someone has to bedazzle those costumes with the accuracy of small children in Honduras and it’s usually a gay with a thimble and a needle.
The best thing about this whole incident with Johnny Weir is that more and more cockroaches are being put on the run. I’m delighted that Schmuckers has had to defend itself, I’m thrilled that Stars On Ice is having to make sense of the fact that they are cutting off their own gayness to spite their face (or ticket sales which are supposedly frozen cold). What we have to keep doing is like any other injustice, keep uncovering it and talking about it to show the sane world how ridiculous people are so as to eventually create a world where these types of things simply can’t be done because they know everyone will uncover their “gentlemen’s agreements” to discriminate against anyone and broadcast it to the world. I read a report that said Johnny Weir is going to put together his own touring ice show and that’s a show I’d go see because he is at the end of the day a great showman. I don’t care or care to know who he is sleeping with, I just expect like any other performer that when I go to see him he’ll be able to keep the ball on his nose, honk the horns in order and not kill a trainer. Oh wait, that’s animal performers – same thing! Stars On Ice tells Johnny Weir no room on the ice – Don’t Get Me Started!
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