John M. Becker

Weir: I Wouldn't Boycott if Olympics Were in North Korea

Filed By John M. Becker | January 18, 2014 6:00 PM | comments

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

"I've come under so much hate and scrutiny from within my own LGBT community for my views on the Olympics.

"But as somebody who watched my parents sacrifice everything so that I had at least one chance of making the Olympics, I could never boycott the Olympics whether they be in Pyongyang (in North Korea), in Uganda, in Iran or Mars. I would have competed there because my whole life has been about going to the Olympics.

"Being gay isn't something that I chose, being gay is something I was born into. But being an Olympic athlete was something that I chose and something I worked hard for and I'll see it to any necessary end.

"The entire Olympic team is not made up of LGBT people. It's people who've sacrificed their livelihoods, it's people who've sacrificed their parents' finances and health and sometimes even marriages to get that one chance at glory.

"As an athlete who's lived it, I could never turn my face to that. While equality is necessary all over the world, the Olympics is not the place for me to make a stand."

-- Former Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir, who isn't even competing in the Sochi Games, telling Reuters that athletes' Olympic dreams are more important than human rights abuses against LGBT people.

Ugh. Go away.

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