John M. Becker

Johnny Weir Going to Russia for NBC But Won't Speak Out

Filed By John M. Becker | October 25, 2013 9:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: figure skating, Johnny Weir, Olympics 2014, Russia, Russian anti-LGBT laws, Russian gay propaganda, Sochi Olympics

"I risk jail time just going there, but the Olympics are not the place to make a political statement. I'm not a politician and I don't really talk about politics. You don't have to agree with the politics, but you have to respect the culture of a country you are visiting...

"It's pretty obvious that I've been gay my whole life. I don't need to break any laws or wear a rainbow pin to show people that I support gay rights. I think I'll do that just by being in Sochi and supporting our people there and know they are not alone."

-- Former Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir, telling the New York Times that although NBC is bringing him to the Sochi Olympic Games as a figure skating analyst, he won't speak out against Russia's anti-LGBT crackdown because he doesn't need to.

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