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.
Johnny has continued to be one of the most talked about and popular skaters in figure skating, and is known for his devoted and visible legion of fans called “Johnny’s Angels.” If anything he brings more people and attention to a sport that often gets overlooked, and is deemed boring by many. His effeminate quality is in a way what makes him such an incredible skater. He has this elegance, this class, fluidity, and grace on the ice that I’ve never seen from a male skater before. His artistry is unrivaled, and his landings are flawless.
Somehow he’s managed to be at the top of the sport, even though he didn’t begin skating until the age of 12. To possess the kind of talent that he does, and not have started skating early in his childhood like most skaters – it’s mind-blowing. He’s a prodigy. Who cares about what he says off the ice? Who cares about how gay you think his costumes are?
The end of the video is what pissed me off the most, especially coming from people who seem to be trying to pass themselves off as legitimate commentators (which is funny seeing as how everything up until this point has been them attacking Johnny based on things that have nothing to do with his performance on the ice). Lou Tilley has the nerve to say, “We can all agree, no matter what community we represent, that the swan thing was a bad idea.” Excuse me? Hold on, give me a second to wipe up the coffee I just spit all over my damn keyboard.
Johnny’s signature “The Swan” program was the first thing I’d ever seen him skate, and to date the most beautiful program from a male skater I have seen in my life. It literally brought me to tears. Thirty seconds of his swan program owns half the skaters today’s lives. Johnny’s had some flat programs over the years, some pretty self-indulgent. But how you can criticize “The Swan” is just beyond me and proof enough that these people either have no idea what they’re talking about or are just purposely trying to ruffle up some feathers in the name of their excuse for a show that no one had even heard of before yesterday.
Maybe Lund was attempting to scrape up some semblance of celebrity by going on this tirade against a beloved figure skater. Maybe he thinks it makes him look cool and hip to be criticizing popular skaters. Funny thing is, his plan seems to have backfired. Not only are Johnny Weir’s fans out for his blood, but the gay community is bending him over and spanking him with a wet paddle as if he were a red-headed stepchild. Some of the comments have been both hilarious and downright brutal.
"He went from zero (I had never heard of the ass until today) to my shit list in record time (the time it took to view the video)."
"Obviously Mr Lund scored an 12.5 on “straight acting.com” & he prefers his skaters in black leather a la Rob Halford, rather than in Freddy Mercury spandex"
"As for Johnny, he is only 21, and at a time in his life where he’s still figuring out what he believes and who he is. Mark Lund wasn’t able to come out at this age so it’s hypocritical of him to insist that Johnny do it."
"What the hell is wrong with Lund? Why is it always the Queen with the low self-esteem bringing everyone down, especially their own. Maybe Lund is just jealous that Johnny does all those girly things on the ice that he never had the guts to do in his own career, and Johnny more then succeeds at it.
Good luck in that little pool of misery that you live in. I don’t put up with homophobia (or in his case “feminiphobia”) from straight people and I most certainly won’t put up with it from gay ones."
Looks like Mr. Lund is clearly headed for rock bottom, and I can’t wait to rejoice as Johnny wins his fourth national title and Mark gets cast on the next season of The Surreal Life (he has nothing better to do, as he was fired from International Figure Skating magazine). What can you do to stop this sad soul from doing this again? Contact him through website or via his Wikipedia page (which by the way, he edits himself) and give him a piece of your mind. Good luck to Johnny and Evan (who are both fine skaters) at this year’s Nationals.