It's not uncommon to see a gay man exhibit blatant homophobia, especially one who desperately needs attention; but even so, I was shocked and appalled by the video of former figure skater and out television personality and commentator Mark Lund ripping three-time National Champion Johnny Weir a new one. So now, I will do the same to him.
A recent special aired on which Mark Lund, Nancy Kerrigan (yes, go on and roll your eyes - I did too), and Lou Tilley weighed in on the upcoming U.S. Figure Skating National Championship, and decided to compare young up and comers Evan Lysacek and Johnny Weir. Throughout the program, Lund repeatedly and vehemently criticized Johnny for being flamboyantly gay - except without really saying those exact words.
Here is the video of the infamous appearance:
"I just can't get over just how overly out he is without saying he's out." Uhh, are we forgetting Mr. Z-List Has-Been that you weren't out at Johnny's age either?
"I just don't think he's representative of the community I want to be a part of." What the hell are you even talking about? The gay community wouldn't want to have a member of it be a three-time U.S. champion and one of the most celebrated male figure skaters since Brian Boitano? Not to mention the fact that Johnny has never actually said he's gay anyway, insisting that his private life stay his private life. He never asked to be a poster boy for anyone.
But anyone with two ears and a brain can figure out Lund is obviously referring to Johnny's femininity, of which he clearly disapproves.Later in the program he says, "Lysacek has a classical elegance and masculinity on the ice that I think we need to see in male figure skating. I'm sorry. I don't need to see a prima ballerina on the ice."
What do you mean? Are you forgetting the dozens of effeminate male figure skaters that came before Johnny who were largely successful and beloved by fans of the sport? As sure as I stand, Lund is surely dealing with a ridiculous amount of self-hatred. "Well let's see, maybe if I criticize everything that seems gay about Johnny Weir, and praise everything that seems straight about Evan Lysacek, the straighties will love me more and forget my eyebrows look like they were done by Zsa Zsa Gabor."Watching the program, it's sickening. He spouts out everything he possibly can to scathingly attack Johnny - as a skater and as a person.In reference to Evan Lysacek, he says, "He has a classical elegance and masculinity on the ice that I think we need to see in male figure skating." Okay, we get it. You like Evan because he's masculine, and you hate Johnny because he doesn't live up to your oh-so-rigid standards of how a man should move on the ice. I'm really not sure which Evan Lysacek this man has met — or maybe they have some kind of relationship we don't know about going on behind the scenes — but Evan is hardly the king of masculinity. On one message board someone asked if Evan had grown a beard. Someone then posted a picture of Evan's rumored girlfriend."You cannot — I'm sorry — compare yourself to the lord savior as a figure skater," he says, in reference to a program Johnny is performing that is loosely based on Jesus Christ.First off, he's not comparing himself to Jesus. That's like saying Jim Caviezel is comparing himself to Jesus because he played him in that horrible film The Passion of the Christ. It's figure skating, it's entertainment. And if anyone knows a figure skater's program tells a story, it's Johnny Weir, who is known for gliding across the ice like "liquid gold" (a term that figure skating legend Dick Button used to describe how magnificent Johnny's skating was) and fully submitting yourself to the program as both an athlete and an artist. What's even funnier is that his beloved Evan was skating to Jesus music RIGHT in the footage they were showing as they continued to blast Johnny like he had murdered their mothers.Yet another has-been, Nancy Kerrigan goes on to say, "I think that Evan has a more classic style," which really means he's less gay, and "it can relate to more people, where Johnny is a little more out there and it's hard for people at home to relate." Right, America so relates to Evan Lysacek, and is so turned off by Weir, yet at the 2005 Marshall's U.S. Figure Skating Showcase, where the winner is based on votes from viewers at home, Johnny came in first. And at this year's Marshall's Johnny came in second only to Sasha Cohen. Where was their beloved Evan Lysacek you ask? Oops, he didn't even make it past the first round. So much for relatability.How does Kerrigan have her own show? Does anyone even care what she has to say, or how much bigger her nostrils have gotten this year? Like Michael Jensen said over at After Elton.com, "Where's Tonya Harding and her tire iron when you need her?" This isn't the first time Ms. Kerrigan has opened up her mouth a little too wide. She was rebuked back in 1994 for complaining and cursing at a Disney parade while her mike was on, unbeknownst to her. Apparently not the sweetheart we thought she was. Let's not dwell on the fact that the outfit she's wearing in the video is something I swear I wore to a play rehearsal in third grade. The style died out in the early nineties along with her talent and career.