Earlier this week, Bronze medal-winning Olympian Johnny Weir appeared on the ESPN2 talk show Olbermann to once again state his opposition to any boycott having to do with the 2014 Winter Olympics to be held in Sochi, Russia.
Weir—looking every inch a Pierre et Gilles photograph in his Russian military uniform—said the boycotts would only work to hurt the athletes competing in the Sochi games—and besides, he “Wasn't considered an equal in this country, so why should [he] stay away from another country that doesn't consider [him] equal?” Keith Olbermann seemed less than impressed by Weir’s somewhat ... let’s say tenuous grasp of history, international relations and Weir’s own meandering and inconsistent arguments.
And if Olbermann was unimpressed, the reaction from the LGBT community bordered on outrage. John Aravosis at AmericaBlog wrote “Nothing good can come from Johnny Weir,” while Russia native Michael Lucas writing for Out.com today seemed ready to don a military uniform of his own, firing a shot across Weir’s metaphorical bow, saying Weir “doesn’t actually care about the athletes or the workers. He only cares, as usual, about himself,” and wondering out loud what the reaction of the world would have been if a Jewish athlete had given an interview on the eve of the Nazi Olympics wearing a Swastika.
Lucas goes on to contend that any potential boycott will have little real impact on anything, and they aren't supposed to. Rather, he calls the boycotts a moral gesture, with the real point being to keep the Russian LGBT crisis in the news and to keep people talking about it.