I have a confession. I hate Johnny Weir.
Let me rephrase that…I hated Johnny Weir when he was skating in the Olympics. I cringe watching ice skating because it’s inevitable they’re going to fall and Johnny Weir made me cringe even more with his over the top affects after his routine. In my opinion he tried too hard. He tried too hard to flip that foot out when he skated and he tried too hard to flip that lisp out when he talked. I’ll drink with an effeminate man any day, but you have to embrace the woman in you, not shove her to the top like undigested food trying to come back out. It’s just not cool and it’s certainly not relaxing to me.
When I heard he was to be a commentator at the Sochi Olympics my heart fell. “Oh great”, I thought. Now I’ll be double cringing again. As usual in our house, my girlfriend gets to watch what she wants on TV, and of course she likes ice skating. I was doomed. I tuned in and my shoulders were already rising to my ears when something amazing happened. Johnny Weir started talking like a real person. No affect. No force. Just a relaxing and informative commentary on the skater that took to the ice. “Wow” I thought. “This doesn’t suck”. The next night we were watching ice skating again, because (for the love of God) that’s all the Olympic coverage was showing in primetime and I listened to Weir again. And he didn’t suck again. And I loved that he had changed into another fabulous outfit.
The next night, which of course had ice skating on in primetime, brought Weir on again with another intriguing outfit. From then on I closed my eyes at every triple axle and opened them for Johnny’s commentary. I was a Johnny Weir convert.
I’m telling you this because commentators for the Kentucky Derby have just been announced and yes, Johnny Weir is one of them. I’m doubtful that he knows any more about thoroughbred horse racing than I do, but I bet he will give a concise commentary and have on an absolutely striking hat while doing it.
OutMagazine: The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports just got a whole lot gayer. NBC has added Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski to the roster for their Kentucky Derby telecast. The figure skaters, who worked together before as commentators for NBC’s telecast of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, will be NBC’s fashion correspondents at the race.