I’ve finally hopped on the Be Good Johnny Weir bandwagon/Zamboni machine, just in time for the Olympics. The Sundance Channel reality show followed Weir, a member of Vancouver’s Team U.S.A. along with Jeremy Abbott and Evan Lysacek, as he prepared for the 2009 training season. Anyone familiar with Johnny Weir knows that he is possibly the most ridiculous diva ever to be served on ice. I realized during last night’s new episode that I love him.
He truly sealed the deal as he was filmed teaching a seminar to kids in Long Island. Memories of Weir’s catty initial response to his agent, Tara: “I love children, but Long Island?” melted away as he was clearly devoted to sharing not only his skating prowess but a general love of the sport and (awwwww) confidence! This tall girl (the one who is typing and the one in the picture) almost choked up when Johnny empathized after she fell during a double axel attempt: “You’re a taller girl. Like, I was a taller girl too, once.” Ahhhh! His inspirational bent continued as he addressed a group of young girls: “Don’t be scared ever to fall down…. It’s like, you have to fall to be able to land, so just go for it.” He better take that dose of his own medicine in Vancouver!
See my other favorite (and more salacious) sound bites from last night’s BGJW — and watch a clip of Johnny on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel talking about the misconception of figure skating as a “gay sport” — after the jump.
“I can put my face 10 inches into her boobs and she’s fine.” –Johnny re: his agent, Tara
“A hot pink tassel might be a little over-the-top and risqué for a man, but it works for me.” –Johnny while designing his costume with Stephanie
“I’m determined to keep at least one ass swivel.” –Johnny after his scary Russian control-freak coach Galina attempted to move the swivel from his ass to his shoulders (travesty!)
“Now that I live alone, I see that I’m good when I’m alone. I see that I can do all kinds of things by myself. Sex included.” –Johnny during a confessional
In closing, I like the guy a lot more now than I did before I watched his reality show, and I expected the opposite. He’s a real person with sometimes serious financial issues (his mom’s admission that “having a child who figure skates is to realize as a parent that you will no longer have a retirement fund” was funny/heartbreaking) and the bratty facade is mostly for the cameras. I find all of it endearing. Be good, Johnny Weir.
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