Flamboyant US figure skater Johnny Weir recently ruffled the feathers of animal rights activists by unveiling a new skating outfit featuring real fox fur. You know, because if the judges suspect that arm accent is made with faux fur, that’s an easy tenth of a point deduction.
Rather than bow down to the pressure, Johnny lashed back at the fur activists, saying:
“I totally get the dirtiness of the fur industry and how terrible it is to animals, but it’s not something that’s the No. 1 priority in my life. There are humans dying every day. There are thousands if not millions of homeless people in New York City. Look at what just happened in Haiti.”
“I tend to focus my energy, if there is a cause, on humans. While that may be callous and bad of me, it’s my choice.”
Judging from that response, he might end up skating in a full length pimp-style fur coat, just to spite PETA.
So if you weren’t planning on watching Men’s Figure Skating, you might want to reconsider. It could be historic watching a figure skater try to nail the perfect routine while dodging buckets of red paint.
(For your viewing pleasure, Johnny interprets Lady GaGa’s “Pokerface”)