Tag:Johnny Weir
Posted on: February 24, 2010 8:23 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2010 8:27 pm

Weir speaks out over Canadian commentators

By Ina Fried

Figure skater Johnny Weir said on Wednesday that he was "pissed off" by comments made by Canadian commentators who questioned his gender, but stopped short of calling for a public apology or their ouster.

At a press conference, Weir said that he probably wouldn't go on their show, but said he supported free speech, including theirs.

But he said that their comments were offensive. "I want them to think before they speak," Weir said.

Weir also challenge the content of what the broadcasters had to say, saying that that the notions of masculinity and femininity are "old-fashioned" and said that there exists a new generation of youth that is not defined by their gender or sexuality.

Weir credited his parents for raising him and his brother to be whomever they wanted to be, noting that he and his brother ended up being two very different people.

"I hope more kids can grow up the same way that I did and can feel the freedom I feel," Weir said.

But Weir said he didn't feel a need to be more explicit about his sexuality.

Though most of the press conference focused on the broadcasters comments and questions of gender and sexuality, the talk did briefly turn to skating, including the "quad" controversy over who deserved gold in this year's men's competition.

As a skater who doesn't do a quad in his routine, Weir said he was glad that Evan Lysacek was able to do gold without doing one.

"He deserved what he got."

Ina Fried is a Senior Writer for CNET News. She will be in Vancouver covering various angles for both CBSSports.com and her CNET Blog " Beyond B1nary ". You can also follow her on twitter at: http://twitter.com/Inafried
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