Johnny Weir Responds To Commentators Questions Of Gender
February 26, 2010
The comments, made by two commentators in Quebec, sparked controversy after they began joking about Weir’s sexual preference, the way he looked, and the possibility of getting the skater a gender test.
They also questioned whether or not he was a good role model for children for these reasons.
The comments struck a negative cord with fans, who have angrily demanded an apology, and some even that the two should have lost their jobs.
But Weir is not looking for either.
Instead, he is asking them to think before they speak next time, and realize the damage they could do to future generations with what could easily be construed as homophobic comments.
“Even my gender has been questioned. I want that to be public because I don’t want 50 years from now more young boys and girls to have to go through this sort of thing and to have their whole life basically questioned for no reason other than to make a joke and to make people watch their television program,” he said in his statement.
“There’s a whole generation of people that aren’t defined by their sex or their race or by who they like to sleep with. I think as a person you know what your values are and what you believe in, and I think that’s the most important thing.”