January 29, 2010, - 11:00 am

Sad: Olympic Skater Forced to Buckle to PETA Violence Threats; UPDATE: HILARIOUS Video!

By Debbie Schlussel

**** SCROLL DOWN FOR UPDATE – Hilarious Video ****

I sympathize with U.S. Olympic figure skating star Johnny Weir.  He’s feeling the heat of the animal rights fanatics, and unfortunately has been forced to buckle to them, lest his Olympic dreams get dashed.  Sadly, it’s a case of the intolerance of the politically correct and their threats of violence trumping all.


Weir, known for his flamboyant costumes both on and off the ice, likes to wear fox fur on his costumes.  And PETA a/k/a PUTAh (People for the Unethical Treatment of Animals and humans) and others have raised a fuss.  He’s participating in his second Olympics in Vancouver in February, and he’s worried that the loony orthodox animal rights activists will disrupt  his performances there, and cost him a gold medal.

And because of this fear–which I think, given the craziness of these people, is legitimate and justified–Weir has agreed not to wear fur at the Olympic Games.  But I like the way he responded, telling the animal rights bizarros that he’s not giving in to them.  He posted  his classy but firm statement to them on IceNetwork.com.  Here’s an excerpt:

I would like to announce that due to pressures and threats from a certain animal rights group [DS: he’s referring to PETA] I will be changing the genuine fox fur on my free program costume that I will use in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, B.C., to white faux fur. I made this decision after several threats were sent to me about disrupting my performance in the Olympic Games and my costume designer, Stephanie Handler, was repeatedly sent messages of hate and disgust. I do not want something as silly as my costume disrupting my second Olympic experience and my chance at a medal, a dream I have had since I was a kid.

I want to publicly acknowledge my knowledge of the fur trade industry and the fact that I am totally understanding of the methods used in this industry. I also understand both sides of the argument of animal activists and fur lovers alike. My knowledge comes from years of torment from several anti-fur groups in America and abroad. I do get the messages, and I do hear you.

I am not a person who holds ill will to anyone, and I respect these activists as they are living their freedom of opinion and speech, but I am also entitled to my own decisions and choices.

I hope these activists can understand that my decision to change my costume is in no way a victory for them, but a draw. I am not changing in order to appease them, but to protect my integrity and the integrity of the Olympic Games as well as my fellow competitors.

**** UPDATE: Reader Ari send this hilarious video of Johnny Weir. Don’t drink anything while watching.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

34 Responses

I disagree. This is a victory for PETA and a loss for freedom of choice. He most certainly is giving in to PETA.

I_AM_ME on January 29, 2010 at 11:17 am

Yes, he is definitely giving in. This is pure and simple extortion. It is a planned and centrally organized criminal conspiracy. PETA has indeed become a terrorist organization, and needs to be eradicated.

MasterAtArms on January 29, 2010 at 11:29 am

Johnny Weir is a class act. The people who forced him not to wear a fur coat are bullies. This is the “tolerance” the Left has for those who won’t submit to a politically correct lifestyle, as defined by them. In my view, as long you’re not breaking the law, your personal choices should be YOUR business – no one else’s.

NormanF on January 29, 2010 at 11:31 am

I_AM and Master – PETA and the animal rights crowd are not behaving ethically. They’re not concerned with human rights and individual liberty. They just like the Islamists in that they want to dictate what we can say, what we can wear, whether we can have pets, if we can use life-saving medicines derived from animal research and whether we can have genetically modified foods injected with vitamins that can prevent blindness for millions. And what we can eat – no beef, chicken, pork or seafood on the table. They are dangerous because they are fanatics who think their conviction gives the right to deny to other people freedom. Its not just Weir who has been diminished by their actions; its all of us.

NormanF on January 29, 2010 at 11:36 am

I like (LOVE) Weir, but I’m a little embarased by this whole thing. Weir PLEASE stop posting statements and quotes that make you a target for these crazy fringe people!!!

Weird — it has nothing to do with PETA. The letter was posted on another site. Friends of Animals is quoted alllllll over the news, not PETA on this one. I read the letter last week and it had nothing in it that was threatening. I get what they’re saying, I do.

Ron on January 29, 2010 at 11:53 am

And dare i remind all of you…



Bob Porrazzo on January 29, 2010 at 12:07 pm

i like foxes, fox fur is great on foxes……….let the foxes keep the fur………

also not a fan of men that wear fur, i think debbie likes them,
foxes 1 debbie 0

debbie were you ever considered a fox ??

drew299 on January 29, 2010 at 12:20 pm

It’s a shame he’s not out…then he could take a page from their playbook and accuse them of homophobia. Doesn’t matter if it’s true or not…that’s how they operate, and we have got to learn to fight back more effectively.

Sigh…not that I’m really advocating sinking to their level. I just get so frustrated every time these people win through intimidation. Nothing is sacred to them beyond their own fanatical agenda. Debbie’s comparison to the jihadists is dead on.

Amy on January 29, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Amy, that’s nothing… the Democrats in my old home state of California want to ban free parking! You can’t make it up!

NormanF on January 29, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Oops…sorry Norman, that was your comparison, and it was an excellent one.

Nothing about California ever surprises me, though I am curious to know what their reasoning is. I bet it’s for either “green” purposes or to extort more money to try and save their disaster of an economy.

Amy on January 29, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Well, Amy…. the rationale behind the proposed ban is cars contribute to road congestion and C02 emissions. Bear in mind the state is bankrupt and can’t pay its bills and yet Democrats seem to find plenty of time to order people out of their cars and to have the government run their lives AKA single payer health care.

I kid you not!

NormanF on January 29, 2010 at 12:45 pm

What would Brian Boitano do?

Anonymous on January 29, 2010 at 1:43 pm

I’m sure his skates are leather. With that in mind, maybe he can get a pair of snake skin skates.
And to those who don’t like men in furs, here is another sports figure in fur….


Bob on January 29, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Do his skates even touch the ice?

#1 Vato on January 29, 2010 at 10:29 pm

Drag. The video is blocked in Canada, so I can’t watch it.

Karen on January 29, 2010 at 11:02 pm

Peta….this group needs the Old Yeller treatment.

*eats a cheeseburger*

Brian on January 29, 2010 at 11:28 pm

LMAO!! Ok, did he make the mens or womens team? Sorry but I saw it coming a mile a way. Also was a Q left off his last name? Ok I saw that two miles away. Sorry that was bad and off topic but they were just laying there. Through all his shenanigans he should be allowed to wear his fur. Hey I still have my Mike Vick shirt to taunt PETA when they protest. PETA likes to push buttons, well just push their buttons back. Keep them on the defensive.

What hunters should do is taunt PETA. Seriously every time PETA makes these outrageous public displays then we should show some grainy footage of hunters calling out PETA and say we wouldn’t have hunted this fox or deer this weekend but PETA you made us do it. Like a terrorist video. Send them the video and say more animals will be hunted every time PETA wants media attention. Kind of like ransom letters to PETA. Just had a nice 16 ounce rib eye steak.

CaliforniaScreaming on January 29, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    I’m with that except the michael vick part.

    Squirrel3D on January 30, 2010 at 8:11 am

Amy, he’s not out?!

I think Bob’s point about PETA killing animals is potentially devastating. Why have I not heard of this before, I wonder?

skzion on January 30, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Well, I hate real fur and don’t think much of those whom choose to wear it but in this day and age, if you like to wear fur than you HAVE TO BE ok with your desire to wear it as well as the trouble you will get in from the animal crazies. PETA sucks. I do love when they actually help animals but I know how hypocritical they are. Lost respect for them in the early 90s.

I have come around and actually have much respect for someone like Ted Nugent. I’d blanche less if he wore fur than some fey, nancy-boy skater whom wears fur and doesn’t give a flip about the animals killed for it…’cuz he don’t kill ’em like The Nuge does. It’s just vain! I just hate fur and it’s the only Liberal part of me that won’t fade away.

Skunky on January 30, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Hey Skunky, “fey” and “nancy-boy” are redundant, and that should be “who” not “whom.”

I’m sure you can explain how eating meat is ok, and wearing leather is ok, but fur is a problem. Then you can criticize meat eaters because most of us do not kill the animal personally.

Also, according to one poster here, PETA does NOT actually help animals.

skzion on January 30, 2010 at 6:41 pm

Hello Debbie,

Why does not PEtA stop bestiality?

Speaking of hypocritical PETA, I was wondering when- if ever they are going to get around to targeting for prosecution bestiality websites. During the course of my internet anthropology research I have noticed that there are quite a lot of sites catering to women having sex with animals, especially dogs. Seriously, I was stunned to discover the ugly secret that women actually enjoy sex with dogs, horses too. So my intellectual question is: why doesn’t PETA target all these women engaged with sex with animals, prosecute them, put their identities on data bases, prevent them from living near schools and having contact with children. Wouldn’t it be interesting to see if PETA would pursue an anti-bestiality program to the point where -all things being equal- the local police send flyers around the neighborhood with the woman’s picture on the front cover warning the neighborhood residents that there is are bestiality women living in the area and that we residents should take all due precautions and keep an eye on our pets. I’m sure the readers get my deep thinking point.

kudos to your blog.

James Just on January 31, 2010 at 5:08 am

James, are you for real?

skzion on January 31, 2010 at 1:17 pm

To skzion, you shouldn’t use defamatory adjectives in a half question to attack my input to Ms Schlussel’s website. Also you shouldn’t take my comment as personal, I wasn’t referring to you and I don’t even know who you are, nor do I want to know. Fine with me if I get banned for referencing a legitimate question that associates Peta with bestiality. Incidentally the feminists at the Graduate School where I first threw that rtopic out there thought the idea was either absolutely hilarious or ‘you’re an idiot.’ But the debate with the women in school class was lively because they had never ever thought about such a connection.

An anthropologists job is to make the public think about things, too enable the Socratic method to arise through discourse. Most internet bloggers are lawyers and political scientists and not Anthropologists as I am. Consequently anthropologists tend to elaborate on topics that the public never thought about discussing and so readers may consider our cultural subjects of discussion a bit of quackery. My above reference that bestiality should be a (legal?) issue with Peta is relevant in the sense that Peta has put itself at the forefront of animal rights yet says nothing about bestiality which is a fetish in western societies. Incidentally Muslims do not domesticate dogs and cats as pets. I posed the question about bestiality and Peta because I’m curious as to what is their policy on this issue of animal sexual abuse? Is Peta ever going to deal with it or ignore the question? Peta is a branch of feminism, with all of its illogical and obnoxious rationals.

Ms Schlussel, I won’t comment no more on yur blog.

James Just on January 31, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    James, you really need to develop a thicker skin.

    skzion on February 1, 2010 at 11:34 am

I had never heard of Johnny Weir before though apparently he is well known.

What I am surprised about is that Debbie didn’t put him down while talking about the feminization of men.

llano on January 31, 2010 at 4:12 pm

“I think Bob’s point about PETA killing animals is potentially devastating. Why have I not heard of this before, I wonder?

skzion on January 30, 2010 at 1:18 pm”

I’m glad you asked that…And here is the proof…


“PETA kills animals. By the thousands.

From July 1998 through December 2008, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) killed over 21,000 dogs, cats, and other “companion animals.” That’s more than five defenseless creatures every day. PETA has a walk-in freezer to store the dead bodies, and contracts with a Virginia Beach company to cremate them.

Not counting the pets PETA spayed and neutered, the group put to death over 90 percent of the animals it took in during the last five years. And its angel-of-death pattern shows no sign of changing.”

A chart is included.

And then there is the matter of a walk-in freezer!


Bob Porrazzo on January 31, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Bob, is there any other independent evidence of PETA’s actions here? It’s not that I disbelieve you or your reference.

skzion on February 1, 2010 at 11:36 am


Uh OK, I will work on my thicker skin and thank you for your comments-however I am new to this posting and I have a problem with readers who respond with just un-syntactical half-sentences to my writing as if I can read their minds and am suppose too know what they are talking about. A little more elaboration and less snarkiness from responders reading what I write would appear the more courteous discourse.
As an aside even though I don’t agree with Ms Schlussel about what she says about Sarah Palin I still enjoy her blog and recommend it to all the women in my extended family.

No offense taken I will work on my skin, .????? ?? ??? ???

James Just on February 1, 2010 at 4:47 pm


It’s not a matter of being politically correct VS politically incorrect. It’s a matter of compassionate VS CRUEL.
PETA does NOT make death threats. It’s possible Weir is fabricating the story or, if any threats exist, they are coming from individuals (possibly on the opposite side), trying to sabotage the efforts of animal rights groups.

I challenge you to go to the PETA site and watch the videos about how fur is obtained. Often, the animals (like raccoon dogs, rabbits, minks, cat, dogs, foxes, and other fur-bearing animals) are skinned ALIVE – then thrown onto piles of dead and dying animals (still alive and in excruciating pain), only able to blink with their eyelashes being the only hair remaining on their bodies, to die a SLOW PAINFUL death.

NO “fashion” is worth such suffering.

I became a registered nurse 30 years ago because I could not stand to see anyone suffer without trying to help alleviate that suffering. I became a vegan and stopped wearing fur for the same reason.

When will our species evolve past the torture and destruction of others for our own greed?

Rina Deych, RN on February 21, 2010 at 12:55 pm

i hate PsychoPeta

ay on July 14, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Mr. Weir. I’m sorry you had to give in to the animal extremists and feared for your safety over something so incredibly stupid.

BTW: I love animals, too: medium well, with lots of bar-b-que sauce.

PETA: People Eating Tasty Animals

verbatim on October 11, 2010 at 3:58 pm

P.E.T.A. (People Eating Tasty Animals)

Now where’s my porterhouse steak I ordered? 😛

R on March 21, 2011 at 5:11 pm

I think that wearing fur is similar to muslim terrorism, animals have the right to live just like jews have the right to live in Israel and Judea. Fur is not a choice, what about the choice of the innocent animal?

Yaakov on June 25, 2011 at 1:52 am

Leave a Reply

* denotes required field