Johnny Weir

Whether witty or wise, controversial or charming, shocking or silly, sweet or sassy, provocative or profound, inspiring or infuriating--or any combination of those--Johnny Weir, the three-time U.S. Champion, two-time Olympian, and World medalist figure skater, almost always says something worth quoting whenever he gives an interview, holds a press conference, blogs or tweets, or is caught on video, whether for his TV series, Be Good Johnny Weir, or at a non-profit fundraiser. It's time his quotes were collected and shared; hence this blog.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Decided to stay in and cuddle with the puppy for Halloween. I wear enough costumes, my weave needs a night off.
--Twitter, October 31, 2014
 


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Vladislav telling me a story about what happened to him directly to my face opened my eyes to what’s going on there, more so than any American activist that was dumping out bottles of Latvian vodka thinking it was Russian in the summer of 2013.
--thedailybeast.com, "'To Russia With Love': Can Johnny Weir Save Russia's Gays?" by Kevin Fallon, October 29, 2014
(how meeting with Vladislav Slavskiy, a young gay activist from Sochi, changed his perspective on Russia)
[I]f you can’t compartmentalize, you’ll crumble.
--nextmagazine.com, "Johnny Weir on 'To Russia With Love,' Empathy, and Divorce" by Lawrence Ferber, October 26, 2014
(on managing to do lauded commentating during the Sochi Olympics while his marriage was ending)
If I could celebrate Hallowe'en this year I would go as either a Birkin bag, a Tetris piece or Galina 'Red' Reznikov from @OITNB.
--Twitter, October 29, 2014

Blogger's note: OITNB = Orange is the New Black, a series about a women's prison on Netflix.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

If you want to learn a skill as an adult, you absolutely should, and figure skating is incredible exercise - it keeps your ass high and tight where it's supposed to be.
--reddit.com, reddit AMA. October 26. 2014
I wanted to hear from the activists who protested my speeches and the athletes who were going to Russia. I want people to remember why they were so upset last summer. We have the attention spans of fruit flies.
--outsports.com, "'To Russia With Love'--new doc film follows Johnny Weir" by Cyd Zeigler, October 27, 2014
(on "To Russia With Love" showing many viewpoints about boycotting the Sochi Olympics)
I love a shoe with no sock. I think that's a very confident man, he's like, "oh, my feet don't smell like man-feet."
--si.com, "Johnny Weir's fashion advice for fellow athletes," video, October 23, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

I never wanted to be normal. I never wanted to be the kid that kind of fell in line with the rest of the crowd.
--youtube.com, EPIX video, "To Russia with Love--Johnny and His Mom," uploaded September 21, 2014
That thing of when you're organizing your weave collection...
--Twitter, October 27, 2014




It doesn't make a difference to me that my life is splashed in newspapers, or if it was just for my parents to see what I was going through. It hurts all the same.
--OutQ SiriusXM, The Frank DeCaro Show, October 22, 2014
(on so much public attention paid to his divorce)
I don’t think I’ll ever be a part of the flock. I think I would be a terrible commentator should I be.
--nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com, Transcript: Conference Call with Johnny Weir, Tara Lipinski, Terry Gannon & Jim Bell, October 22, 2014
(on becoming part of the lead ice skating commentating team for NBC)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

And this, the last thing judges see, a sticking-out tongue with Egyptian arm pose.
--NBC, Skate America, ladies free program, October 26, 2014 (on Russian skater Elizaveta Tuktamysheva facial expression after a near fall on her final pose)
That's a brain fart...That's just your mind just sort of letting go, and you say, "uh-uh." Your body's saying no without your mind's approval. 
--NBC, Skate America, ladies free program, October 26, 2014 (on Russian skater Elizaveta Tuktamysheva turning a planned double jump into a single)
Now we have this wonderful disco club bed sheet dress moment.
--NBC, Skate America, ladies free program, October 26, 2014
(on Russian skater Elizaveta Tuktamysheva's costume)
[Terry Gannon to Johnny and Tara Lipinski: What do you guys think of skating to lyrics?]

I’m terrified of lyrics. I’m terrified that somebody picked a terrible song and we’re going to have to listen to it for the whole season.
--nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com, Transcript: Conference Call with Johnny Weir, Tara Lipinski, Terry Gannon & Jim Bell, October 22, 2014