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French broadcasters: Johnny Weir should take gender test

Feb 23, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

So it’s open season on Johnny Weir in Vancouver, I guess: Step right up and take your homophobic shots. First it was Australia making with the gay jokes, and now it’s France … France!, lashing out. Actually, the two broadcasters who made with the latest gay snickerfest about Weir are French-speaking Canadians, who have no business questioning anyone’s masculinity. One of them even suggested that Weir should take a gender test, which is as ugly as it gets. Or I could say it really crosses the Maginot Line of common sense and decency. Let’s go with that.

The Quebec Gay and Lesbian Council has demanded a public apology from French-language broadcaster RDS after one commentator said Weir hurts figure skating’s image and another said Weir should be made to take a gender test. The remarks were “outrageous” and “homophobic,” CQGL said in a statement on its Web site.

Video following the jump.


The broadcasters are Claude Mailhot and Alain Goldberg of the RDS network. Excerpts:

“They think all the boys that skate will end up like him.”

“We should make him pass a gender test at this point.”

Dorothy Hamill, covering the games for Access Hollywood, got Weir’s reaction during their interview today.

“Every little boy should be so lucky as to turn into me,” Weir told Hamill. “And that’s all I have to say about that.”

Weir placed sixth in last week’s long form program. Had he placed fifth, he would have skated to Lady Gaga’s Poker Face in the post-competition gala this Saturday. Gaga had promised Weir she would attend.

Last week it was Australian broadcsters Eddie McGuire and Mick Molloy who had a go at the figure skaters, as they say. Comments included describing routines as ‘Brokeback Mountain’ exercises

As they watched a procession of skaters appear in ever more outrageous outfits, Molloy remarked: ‘They don’t leave anything in the locker room these blokes, do they?’

To which McGuire responded: ‘They don’t leave anything in the closet either, do they?’

He later made a joke out of his apology by saying: “I suggested that there was a disaster happening at the ice skating rink because organizers had found out one of the male ice dancers wasn’t gay. And I apologize for that really sincerely.”

But as Johnny Weir then took to the ice, he quipped: “But it definitely wasn’t this guy.”

Nice, Australia. In light of that, I leave you with this limerick:
In Australia and New Zealand too
Where the girls are remarkably few
Mick Molloy has no doubt
That he’ll never strike out
With a sheep or a stray kangaroo

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French broadcasters under fire for comments about Weir, skating [CNN]

  1. Jim Guida - Feb 23, 2010 at 7:36 PM

    Which is worse – that these broadcasters made these jokes while on the air — or that I laughed at them? This is why I don’t listen to Howard Stern — I don’t like what I hear and I like it even less when it makes me laugh.

  2. Kalil Wilson - Feb 26, 2010 at 9:39 AM

    Marginaux line should be Maginot. Good reference though.

  3. Rick Chandler - Feb 26, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    Le D’oh! Thanx.

  4. Dominic - Feb 26, 2010 at 4:21 PM

    So all French-Canadians and French (for some reason?) are girly or gay, and Australians and New Zealanders (for some reason?) have sex with animals. I thank you for your clear understanding of the issues here, and your elevating the level of discourse here. By which I mean your own jokey homophobia veiled as criticism of the homophobic broadcasters, and your bizarre attacks about wholly innocent entire countries.

  5. French - Feb 26, 2010 at 10:38 PM

    ** Comment removed due to author being French-Canadian **

  6. Nate - Feb 26, 2010 at 11:04 PM

    Very unfortunate comment. Quebec is usually pretty forward thinking and accepting of GLBT people.

  7. Erin LaRocque - Feb 27, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    …except the guys in question are French Canadian, not French; that’s sort of like conflating English-speaking Americans with the British. (Not that I’m happy fellow Canadians could vomit up such garbage in either official language.)

  8. poulet - Feb 28, 2010 at 4:32 PM

    “[N]ow it’s France … France!, lashing out.”
    Actually, it was Canada. It’s been, oh, several hundred years since the first now-French-Canadians came over from the old country.
    “…French-speaking Canadians, who have no business questioning anyone’s masculinity.”
    Um, what? That makes no sense.
    And do the Australian commentators really deserve a dumb limerick in return for their dumb comments?

  9. chokingplanet - Mar 1, 2010 at 2:35 AM

    As usual, it’s not the celebrity that those types of comments are meant to attack, but the people (especially kids) who would dare to be themselves. Johnny Weir, as his public response suggests, is already comfortable with himself. For misrepresenting their network to a public audience, the commentators should get some training in the art of public relations. Anything their network does or doesn’t do to them now is going make some part of their audience angry. You make personal comments on your own time, not your company’s.

  10. Ithildyn - Mar 12, 2010 at 10:15 PM

    Speaking of stuff worth putting your foot in your mouth, mistaking Quebec with France, and saying stuff like “[...]French-speaking Canadians, who have no business questioning anyone’s masculinity” or a rhyme about Australians and bestiality….
    At least the guy that said the “gender test” comment gave apologies….

  11. delf - Mar 22, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    Actually the FRENCH commentators from FRANCE said Johnny was awesome and robbed a medal (even if they did not particularly like his short program outfit).