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It looks like Johnny Weir just found himself inserting his
foot ice skate in his mouth!
The now retired Olympian made his way to Columbia University to talk a little bit about the upcoming Olympics in Sochi. However, a LGBT group known as Queer Nation protested the event due to his strong belief that athletes should participate in the winter games despite Russia's anti-gay legislation!
Well Johnny was NOT happy about the picketers and at one point referred to them as "idiots" during the Q&A segment! The former ice skater realized that probably wasn't the best reaction and issued an apology, explaining:
"My stance of being pro-athlete before being pro-gay has ruffled so many feathers and it becomes difficult to speak publicly because of this fight. As a non-confrontational person, I take it very hard (obviously) when I offend people or they feel the need to tell me that I am awful. Many activists also believe that change starts with a revolution, a term that terrifies me. I am not against activism in any way, but I don’t have the strength of character to not only revolutionize my life on a daily basis but also the lives of others."
He went on to say:
"I have put my foot in my mouth before, and I probably will many times over, but it doesn’t change the fact that I stooped to fighting by slinging insults rather than being proud of my own voice and achievements and saying, my opinion matters too. I showed myself a lesser version of myself that night, and I’m glad I learned from it. People will find their own paths, they will differ from mine, and I need to show them the grace that I’ve been granted in my own discovery."
Obviously everyone is entitled to their opinions, and that includes both Johnny AND the protestors. But stooping to name calling is never really a good idea, especially in a subject as sensitive as gay rights!
It definitely looks like Johnny learned that the hard way!
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