NBC Olympic commentator Weir’s “Russian consulate” client was “a typo”

In a fascinating follow-up to our earlier story that NBC Russia Olympics commentator Johnny Weir claimed in his bio to be working with the Russian government – an apparent conflict of interest for someone covering Russia for NBC – Weir’s agent is now writing the entire affair off as “a typo.”

Up until yesterday morning, when our story broke, Weir’s bio at Premiere Speakers Bureau claimed that the former self-proclaimed “figure skating superstar” “works” with the “Russian consulate in New York City.”

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Weir appeared on Keith Olbermann’s show earlier this year dress in a Russian/soviet military uniform.

Here is the relevant portion of Weir’s bio at Premiere, before it was removed earlier yesterday:

Johnny-Weir-bio-excerpt-original

 The new bio for Weir over at Premiere no longer mentions the Russian consulate:

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In response to our story, Weir initially tweeted ignorance as to how anyone would ever think he worked at or for the Russian consulate:

johnny-weir-russian-consulateLater in the day, when it became clear that “this stuff” came from Weir’s own bio, his agent chalked the entire affair up to “a typo.” As Buzzfeed’s Tony Merevick reports, Queer Nation’s Ken Kid wasn’t buying it:

[Weir agent Laina] Cohn said the line about working with the Russian consulate was a “typo” and that Weir “has always maintained that he supports the people of Russia (among people around the world) and his attendance at the Russian Children’s Welfare Society Gala in September of 2010 is one of those examples.”

Cohn said neither she nor anyone at her firm are responsible for the biography’s revision.

Queer Nation activists are not buying the explanation.

“That’s one hell of a typo,” Ken Kidd, a member of Queer Nation, told BuzzFeed. “Johnny Weir’s bio from the forum at Barnard, which specifically states he works for the Russian Consulate, has been on the website of Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs for weeks.”

One hell of a typo, indeed.

And Kidd is correct.  Johnny Weir’s bio used for his recent appearance at Columbia University only 9 days ago repeated the claim that he “works” with the “Russian consulate.”  That typo sure seems to happen a lot.

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Now, a “typo” is when you go to write “Weir,” and instead type “Wire” – almost a sort of unintentional anagram.  A typo is not, however, adding the “Russian Consulate” as a client to your resume, out of thin air. We are to believe that Weir was trying to type what exactly when his fingers slipped and he (or someone on his behalf) accidentally typed “Russian Consulate” instead?

Maybe he was trying for: Salacious Stunner.

Or Nocturnal Aussies.

No, I’ve got it: Ultrasonic Anuses.

All kidding aside, Johnny Weir and NBC have another problem, beyond Weir’s increasing penchant for sticking his foot in his mouth (Weir recently claimed that Russia’s draconian new anti-gay law simply banned “anal sex in front of libraries,” he mocked the Russian vodka boycott that put this issue on the map, he also seemed to mock a gay Russian activist who was recently arrested under the new law, and he suggested during an interview that he’d like to be the first person to have oral sex in space).  Weir’s new bio scrubs any mention of the Russian consulate, yet continues to speak of his work with the Russian Children’s Welfare Society.  Yet, the only work I can find Weir having done with the children’s group – I did a Google search and scoured the Web site of the children’s group – is Weir having served on the host committee of a charity event in late 2010, at which he donated a signed poster of himself.

It was an event thrown “in collaboration with the Russian Consulate in New York City. And that is most assuredly not a typo, as it comes from the Web site of the Russian Children’s Welfare Society itself:

weir-russian-children's-gorup

So here’s the problem. If Weir only did this one event thrown by the Russian children’s group and the Russian consulate, then how is he justifying mentioning the Russian children’s group in his newly-edited bio, but no longer mentioning the Russian consulate?  It would appear to be an either or proposition – acknowledge both Russian organizations as real ties the NBC Russian Olympics commentator has, or delete both as typos.  But claiming one, and dismissing the other, seems rather queer.
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Video: Queer Nation protesting outside the NBC Sports Department holiday party at a restaurant/bar on East 30th Street in NYC last night. The banner was sewn by Gilbert Baker, the originator of the community’s rainbow flag.


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  • Bill_Perdue

    NBC/Comcast/MSNBC is an awfully homophobic organization. Weir and Thomas are bigot enablers as are other defenders of NBC/MSNBC/Comcasts homophobia. We can help our Russian brothers and sisters by pushing for a boycott
    of NBC/Comcast/MSNBC and other major US companies who refuse to speak out
    condemning these events.

    NBC was aware of
    the progress of the Russian bigot law as early as 2006: “Human Rights
    Watch (HRW) notes that before Sochi was chosen for the 2014 games, the
    International Olympic Committee (IOC) and other stakeholders, including
    American multinational sponsors of the Winter Olympics, as well as NBC
    Universal, which has the broadcast contract, carefully tracked the path of
    the legislation… .
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michelangelo-signorile/how-olympic-sponsors-and_b_3731878.html

  • http://www.newmillgay.com/ The_Fixer

    Well, I don’t know whether your time spent is wasted or not – you’ll have to be the one to judge that. If you consider me not being swayed by your arguments as being a waste of time, so be it. I will tell you that I am not convinced that he is operating in a productive manner when it comes to moving the conversation forward regarding LGBT rights – here or in Russia.

    Your example concerning his visit to Russia and what transpired there is baffling to me. In spite of the danger of potentially being trapped in Russia, he still defends supporting the Olympics in Russia? While that may be considered evidence that he doesn’t work for the Russian government, it begs the question: what the hell is he trying to say when his approved bio says that he “works with … the Russian Consulate”? It’s at best resume padding, at worst an outright lie. He had to have known about it; he Tweeted for everyone to go have a look at his bio at the PSB web site. Did he not read that bio?

    You mention that there is “a wealth of information” out there about Johnny Weir. I did a search for “Johnny Weir LGBT activism” and I stopped at reading 10 pages of results. Virtually all of the results pointed to articles about him calling LGBT activists “idiots” for supporting a boycott of the Olympics, and his objection to the boycott of Russian vodka. There were also a number of results regarding his conflict with PETA and anti-fur activists (another topic entirely). While admittedly not exhaustive research, there was not one result concerning real LGBT activism on his part. If he is such a tremendous activist, and is doing so much to support the LGBT community, it is the best kept secret on the Internet. Perhaps he needs a new publicist?

    If you think that Johnny’s presence will change many minds and hearts in Russia, I think that you’re fooling yourself. Russians are notoriously resistant to outsiders in such matters. You seem to acknowledge this with your comments as well. By the way, Russian LGBT people were largely ignored before Putin started all of this in order to distract from the problems that he was causing in Russia. Since he started this, life has been hell for LGBT people in Russia. These were not ingrained attitudes so much as they were inflaming people with anti-gay bias. If Putin were to take the opposite tactic, which our own President Obama took, LGBT acceptance would be on the rise in Russia. Which says something about leadership in the modern world. Again, another topic.

    You know what would make a difference? If Putin were to abandon his pogrom. The way to get Putin to abandon his pogrom? International influence that costs Russia money, and embarrasses Russia.

    I will be the first to tell you that I was pleased when Weir came out. It was no surprise to me, but the public acknowledgement I thought would be helpful. As time went on, however, I thought he was beginning to become an embarrassment. After I saw some of the things he said and has done publicly, I was soured on him. He has trivialized the Russian anti-gay laws by characterizing the law as meaning “no anal sex in front of a church” and has given us the tired excuse that the law is against pro-gay propaganda. He seems to be a bit arrogant and entitled. Right now, I would have no interest in him if it weren’t for the fact that I think he is setting the LGBT movement back by his embrace of corrupt organizations (the IOC, NBC and commercial sponsors) and the things he has publicly said.

    Therefore, I don’t find his “charm offensive” to be quite as effective as others may find it to be. You may find him to be charming, but I find him to be acting largely in his own interest. Sorry.

  • Kelb

    Is the Russian government threatening his Russian spouse’s family???

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Indeed. The IOC is run by individuals who think of nation states as hobbies or personal banks.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Now that a major Russian TV star is advocating burning gays alive. Ms. Weir’s propagandizing for the Russian government amounts to collaboration with these first stages of genocide, which apparently you support. As for being a deep cover(t) agent, the little queen is far too shallow for that level of betrayal.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Moose and Squirel lied.

  • Chr477

    Twitter and FB… I bet you the real discrepancy is because most of them are fake or paid PR likes.

  • Chr477

    I’m really surprised he doesn’t just work for Russia Today. A number of NBC vets have already moved ship over there. Makes Comcast/NBC/Universal feel right at home.

  • jomicur

    Good question. But you could ask the same thing about most of the mediocrities on network TV. (I’ve been asking myself for weeks: Why Carrie Underwood?) Certainly it’s true that most sports commentators are no smarter or more talented than they need to be. Bland mediocrity is the lifeblood of the TV networks. Weir will fit right in.

  • caphillprof

    What is the name of alleged agent who claimed his work for the Russian consulate was a “typo”? Who said that? Natasha Fatale?

  • caphillprof

    This says loads about the International olympic Committee.

  • caphillprof

    Fluffer. Everyone here should start referring to Weir as a fluffer for the Russian government. That not only will get the Russians but the money grubbers at NBC.

  • Anony Mouse

    If Johnny Weir didn’t actually work with or for (same difference) the Russian Consulate or Government in any way, then why all the sudden and frantic erasing and changing and sweeping and cleaning? Obviously, Johnny Weir’s got something to hide.

  • Anony Mouse

    Daisy, I don’t think you know “the man”, at all. Like most of the small group of mostly female fans out there who think they “know the man” (hello, his name is Johnny, not “the man”) all because they’re “best buds” and “in the know” or loop with a certain fanatical, albeit off the wall, fan girly blogger; who sadly claims to know all things Johnny when in fact she knows only what she’s being told. But if what she’s being told is a lie or half-truth or a fanciful story created for an effectual press release, then there you are. Have you or any of these fans checked THOSE sources? Have you asked questions? I seriously doubt you have and THAT is a part of the problem.

  • Anony Mouse

    In many ways, it already has backfired. Besides, even though he isn’t gay, Evan Lysacek could easily be called to stand in for Johnny Weir at any time. Evan IS the one with the gold medal, right? You would think the better strategy would be to have the former Olympic medalists there as analysts and commentators.

  • Anony Mouse

    That being said, I doubt the Russians and the Olympics are the only things Johnny Weir’s fronting, these days. However, there are other more celebrated and widely known Russians and Russian-philes who are far more seasoned and could perform this task much better. So, why Johnny Weir?

  • Anony Mouse

    I know that’s right. The nerve of his new publicist to whitewash it all; as if we little people can’t possibly know the difference or figure this out for ourselves.

  • Anony Mouse

    “One hell of a typo” is right. This is a typo that’s been going on for at least two or more years. Will someone please inform Ms. Laina Cohn of http://lainacohnmgmt.com that typos usually don’t last THAT long. Of course, Johnny Weir and his “team” already knew this, right? This just keeps getting better and better.

  • benb

    For me, Diana Nyad is a hot commodity. That woman is the only person that ever made me interested in listening to someone talk about Sports.

  • Thom Allen

    The same holds true for “jenn k.” Perhaps Daisy = jenn k= johnny weird

  • Thom Allen

    Johnny is so busy blowing his own trumpet to announce his magnificence to the world, I completely doubt he’d miss ANY opportunity to tell us about ANYTHING that can possibly make that cretin look good.

  • Thom Allen

    And you posted on AmericaBlog, your phone service is Verizon, ISP Comcast – so you’ve gpt a lpt more places that you worked with. Didn’t I see you volunteering at the Pittsburgh Free Clinic, too? DAMN! forgot to put that one on my resume.

  • Thom Allen

    Johnny Weir is the male Palin. In both of their cases it’s “lipstick on a pig” time.

  • Thom Allen

    The Rose Mary Woods stretch, that she held for, what, 17 minutes to accidentally erase a tape. https://tinyurl.com/rmwRMN

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Same thoughts FLL. The power and money behind the Olympics is breathtaking. Just looking at the roster of the Olympic Committee details exactly those people who own the world.

  • olandp

    You mean it’s not the person I’m “stalking”?

  • olandp

    As pretty as a rainbow… oops.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Johnny has some time on his hands.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    “I think Weir’s presence in Sochi will help change public attitudes towards homosexuality” That’s hilarious. A narcissistic flaming queen wearing makeup and costume jewelry plays right into the Russian stereotype.

  • http://musephotos.wordpress.com/ GarySFBCN

    “Personally, I think Weir’s presence in Sochi will help change public attitudes towards homosexuality in Russia a lot more effectivelythan any boycott or protest”

    True that. It was the same with Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

    Because of Owen’s appearance there, the war ended just 9 years later and about 30 million people were died during those 9 years.

    I can’t imagine a worse example of repeating history by Johnny going to the Olympics.

  • ronbo

    The actual typo – the missing “D” in Johnny’s last name.

  • FLL

    If that is NBC’s strategy, it may backfire. The average straight American TV viewer is not as stupid as TV execs might think. When you juxtapose news about the repression in Russia with the image of Weir commenting at the Olympics, it’s pretty obvious that NBC is using Weir to divert attention. I think most TV viewers will figure that out.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Oh and that “typo” would get you fired from a job if they found out that you “typo’d” the wrong work experience on your resume. Or in Weir’s case, you typo’d the wrong experience on a bio used to sell your speaking services.

  • Daisy

    You sound like a pretty reasonable person, so I hope I’m not wasting my time trying to explain to you, in length, why I’m defending Weir here (not that he needs me to defend him–he’s a tough cookie). Anyway, here goes:

    As a figure skating fan and adult skater I know quite a bit more about Weir than what gets out into the public–including the work he does for LGBT youth, behind the scenes and without fanfare. As he has stated, he is
    not an activist, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t care. It’s easy to slam
    skating fans as monomaniacal supporters who can’t “see the truth”,
    while the fact of the matter is that we stand by him because we know more about the man–not just about the glitzy public persona. What baffles me is that nobody seems to want to do any research even to the wealth of information that IS out there. For example, the incident that took place during his last trip to Russia: http://fcnp.com/2012/11/16/johnnys-world-a-russian-tale-volume-1/

    Clearly, should he be in good terms with the Russian government, the turn of events he describes (and was told not to talk about!) would not have happened. Mind you, this incident took place before the anti-gay laws were passed. Weir has, to my knowledge, not been in Russia since. He is
    obviously someone the Russian government is well aware of, and they do NOT like the fact that he, as an openly gay man, is so popular in Russia. Should he make a lot of noise about the anti-gay laws now, he would likely face the same situation his in-laws did last November: “sorry, no visa”. He is now part of the NBC broadcast team, so Russia probably won’t risk negative attention for denying Weir’s visa But make no mistake: while the Russian skating fans adore Weir, the Russian government is not exactly welcoming him with open arms!

    Personally, I think Weir’s presence in Sochi will help change public attitudes towards homosexuality in Russia a lot more effectively
    than any boycott or protest (which will only be seen by many as negative
    “Western influence”) can do. An overnight revolution would be
    great–but it’s not going to happen. The fight against homophobia in Russia is more than just a fight against a disgusting law: it is a fight against
    long-ingrained attitudes that are hard to change. It will be a long battle, and
    one way to fight is through increased public exposure of gay entertainers and athletes. When people build affective connections to gay public persona, they start questioning their assumptions. The change will be slow, but it will happen. Let Weir play his part—his charm offense is quite effective!

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Oh please.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    In your dreams Daisy May—-er Johnny.

  • FLL

    I’ve been wondering about this. Maddow has done some decent advocacy regarding civil rights during her career. And now, complete silence from Maddow concerning events in Russia, although Chris Hayes conducted an impressive series of segments on NBC during August, which included interviews with Dan Savage, Harvey Fierstein and Masha Gessen. I’m starting to suspect that NBC has (very recently?) been promised such a large chunk of money from the Russian government that they are ordering Maddow (and other news anchors?) to avoid segments about Russia. Am I being too suspicious, karmanot? What are your thoughts?

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Bingo

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    He has the intelligence of a sparkly sequin.

  • Jim Olson

    NBC is making a fairly large mistake being involved with the Sochi Olympics in any form, IMHO.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    “why hasn’t Johnny Weir spoken out against Russia’s ban on American parents adopting Russian orphans?” My guess would be that he’s too busy designing his costumes for the upcoming Olympics.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    NBC has positioned itself as anti GLTB bigtime—-mostly ignores the pogrom in Russia and then appointed a worm like Weir to narrate. Even Maddow may have to skate backwards, mix cocktails and hum the Star Spangled Banner to get around that one.

  • FLL

    OK, Nicho, let me carefully avoid subtly (and hopefully bring a smile to your day). NBC has made a truly awful move by hiring Johnny Weir, who is nothing but a self-interested apologist for the Russian government. NBC needs to hear from the American public about the epic stupidity of having Weir on the payroll of their news network. Wait… I wonder if a move to chastise NBC for its mistake will upset blind supporters of Russia and its neo-Soviet regime? Oh, where was I? I remember.
    I wanted to include the NBC logo, just to rub salt in the wound. LMFAO.

  • Tor

    That boy is one hot mess. “Rusia” is a typo. “I work for the Russian Consulate,” is something else entirely.

  • Ninong

    I doubt that there will be any “unfortunate incidents involving gay athletes or visitors” inside the Olympic Village or anywhere in the surrounding region. That entire region has been under very tight security on orders from Putin for months now. He will not tolerate any anti-gay incidents in or around the Olympics. Every vehicle entering that region from outside is carefully searched and only those persons who live there or who have been granted special permits to enter may do so.

    However, there is the possibility of anti-gay incidents elsewhere in his kingdom that could be deliberately staged during the Olympics by groups that are virulently anti-gay as well as anti-Putin. Unless they have been warned in advance that they are to stay low or risk being sent to the Gulag.

  • Ninong

    They already had Thomas Roberts but I guess they didn’t think he was “gay enough” or knew enough about the “gay sport” of figure skating to count as a gay spokesperson in the eyes of the average viewer. Using someone like Johnny Weir is NBC’s way of saying, “see, the gays love us and what us to do this.”

  • FLL

    Yes, Weir himself could be the person downvoting all those comments downthread. On the other hand, it could be anyone who has a blind allegiance to Russia, whether Soviet or post-Soviet. The ongoing Weir story on Americablog—which heavily involves NBC because they have hired Weir—makes Russia look bad. Hmmm. Now why would anyone studiously ignore a story about Weir… AND NBC, NBC, NBC… just because it makes Russia look bad?

  • basenjilover

    if auntie tom and his so called russian “boyfriend” are so enamored with Russia, what the hell are they doing here?

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Yep. I remember at the time, less than a year ago when the ban on American adoptions was passed, the public justification was one bad case. But most ‘Kremlin watchers’ said it was mainly in retaliation for the just-passed U.S. ban on Russian human rights violators visiting America as well as the nascent effort to stop adoptions by gay and lesbian parents.

    I mean, c’mon — it was in all the stories, including the NY Times:

    The bill that includes the adoption ban was drafted in response to the Magnitsky Act, a law signed by President Obama this month that will bar Russian citizens accused of violating human rights from traveling to the United States and from owning real estate or other assets there.

    To ignore the widely reported public reason — retaliation for Magnitsky — is disingenuous at the least. Definitely suspect.

  • Monoceros Forth

    Exactly. He’s just like the dumbass college acquaintance of mine who showed up at a party in an SS uniform and claimed that he was being all daring and subversive about it. And he’s not the only idiot I’ve encountered with that sort of flippant attitude toward “Nazi chic”. People who do stunts like that aren’t sending a message; they’re just trying to get a rise out of people as a kind of substitute for having an actual personality.

    Seriously, can you think of anyone you’d less like to spend any time with than Johnny Weir? He must be one of the most colossal bores ever if he’s that desperate to come across as subversive.

  • splendiferous2

    All you say is sad but true. Weir is ruining himself. He doesn’t seem to have a moral compass of any kind anymore. And I’m gay.

  • http://www.newmillgay.com/ The_Fixer

    no, I did not see what else he was wearing. As I recall, he was seated behind a desk for the entire interview.

    But let’s take your word for it concerning what he was wearing. I doubt it was a “subversive, campy dig at the Russian government” and Putin. Have you seen the kinds of things he wears? If that’s the case, he’s subversive and campy about everything.

    I think that’s giving him too much credit. It seems to me that when asked about his wearing of the uniform, he stated that he wore it because he liked it. What I think is that he wore it knowing that it would get a reaction, which is what I think he lives for.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Well, it is padding if you’re typo is 7 words long ;-)

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Actually, in context it’s not hyperbolic at all. Under US law, you are an agent of a foreign government if you are hired by them to push their propaganda point of view in the US. It’s called a foreign agent. And the law is called the Foreign Agent Registration Act. It was not written for spies. It does not mean that you’re 007. It was written for lobbyists for foreign governments, which are called “foreign agents” in the law. So, it is exactly the word one would use to describe someone who works with/for the Russian consulate to push a pro-Russian message in America.

  • http://musephotos.wordpress.com/ GarySFBCN

    Johnny Weir, Thomas Roberts and others are the enemies of human rights. The suck the cock of capitalism and fame at the expense of those who are suffering, and their bosses depend upon these turncoats to make them money.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    He did make an odd comment in one of his articles he wrote. While expressing concern about the kids who need parents, and about the ban on adoptions, he explained the motivation behind the law in a particularly pro-kremlin way:

    http://fcnp.com/2013/09/05/johnnys-world-baby/
    QUOTE
    Because of ill treatment by some American adopters of their Russian charges, my future family now hangs in the balance.

    I can’t imagine that any orphanage is a fun or nice place to be for a child. Having worked with the Russian Children’s Welfare Society in New York, I was able to learn a lot of facts concerning the conditions afflicting the children and also the conditions of their living quarters. Drug addictions starting in the womb, children born with alcoholism and living in squalid, overcrowded rooms seems to unfortunately be the norm. To deny any of those children the opportunity to go to a loving family anywhere seems just as archaic a rule as the anti-gay laws of Russia’s modern history.
    UNQUOTE

    Yes, in fact there was an incident with an American parent of an adopted russian kid doing something awful, but as everyone knows that is not why the ban happened. It happened because the Kremlin was looking take a swat at americans in an age of increasing tensions, AND a lot of those americans adopting russian kids were gay. So the ban was a two-fer. To explain the ban as something that occurred “because of ill treatment by some American adopters” is downright Orwellian, or more to the point, Soviet.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    I just read through your entire commenting history. You have posted twenty times about Johnny Weir and absolutely nothing else. That’s pathetic.

  • Daisy

    Are you talking about his interview with Olbermann? Did you see what else he was wearing in addition to the Red Army jacket? Daisy dukes, high heels, make up, and jewelry! Not exactly how Putin would like to see his beloved uniform worn. More like Putin’s worst nightmare. Weir’s outfit was obviously a subversive, campy dig at the Russian government–and Putin in particular–but somehow a large section of the gay community did not get it. Sad.

  • jomicur

    He’ll be quite useful, to both NBC and the Russian government. His mere presence at Sochi will be enough to convince a lot of people that the furor we’re raising is pointless. And should there be any protests or unfortunate incidents involving gay athletes or visitors, Weir will be right there to help explain them away. NBC has paid a considerable sum for the privilege of fronting for the Russians, and Weir is and will be a key part of their efforts to keep the Russians happy and maximize their own profits.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    NBC seems to think he’s useful enough to put on the air, to help whitewash Russia’s anti-gay pogrom in advance of the Sochi Olympics.

  • nicho

    Well, I’ll grant you that he is an idiot, but I’m not sure how useful he is.

  • nicho

    Apparently it’s a slow day at the consulate for Weir. He’s been around here downvoting everything in sight.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    If Weir is “working with” the Russian Children’s Welfare Society, why hasn’t Johnny Weir spoken out against Russia’s ban on American parents adopting Russian orphans?

    Or against Russia’s newer law which bans adoptions in any country that recognizes same sex marriage — many of which are among the most affluent nations in the world, and thus well suited to give good homes to these parent-less children?

    Or against Russia’s proposed law to kidnap the children of gay and lesbian parents — imprisoning the parents and throwing those children into Russia’s horrific orphanages — thus creating tens of thousands more unnecessarily bereft, disadvantaged, and orphaned kids?

    Right: More and more, Weir is showing he’s nothing but a self-aggrandizing ‘useful idiot’ and a fluffer for the Russian government.

  • Monoceros Forth

    Remember to record all essential conversations on a foot-pedal-controlled Uher tape recorder, so that your bumbling secretary can easily erase parts of the tape by accident.

  • fletcher

    Next Johnny Weird’s agent will claim he wore that Russian military uniform on Olbermann’s show because he has an Erich Von Stroheim complex.

  • Monoceros Forth

    I do think it’s just a bit odd, by the way, that anyone can seriously defend Weir. How are his antics that much different from Dennis Rodman’s publicity-stunt visits to North Korea? Really Weir and Rodman are much alike: both are mediocre talents famous less for their dubious athletic abilities and more for being showboating divas, and both are fond of flaunting how edgy and iconoclastic they are. Palling around with autocrats is just part of the act.

  • pappyvet

    Are you going to change your bullshit ,tell me typo ,typo ,typooo.

  • pappyvet

    Uh Huh. “I wasn’t at that meeting”…..”My secretary erased the tapes”…..

  • jomicur

    By what conceivable stretch does “attendance at the Russian Children’s Welfare Society Gala” constitute “working with” that charity? Every time you give money to a group or attend a fundraiser you’re “working with” that group?! By that standard, I have “worked with” the United Way, the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force, AMFAR, NGLTF, the American Cancer Society, Persad/Art for AIDS, the Pittsburgh Lambda Foundation and a long list of other groups. But for some silly reason I have neglected to list my “work with” those groups on my resume. What a dumb slip-up. I’m off right now to change my resume to reflect the fact that I have worked with every one of those organizations. With any luck, it’ll get me a gig on NBC and a peachy military uniform. Thanks so much for opening my eyes to the possibilities!

  • lit per

    Fire that Russian terrorist! And depot him to Russia, where he’ll know how gay people are murdered by pro-government thugs

  • nicho

    Damn Autocorrect. Gets you in trouble every time.

    Actually, the whole thing could be cleared up by his tax returns. If he worked for the Russkies, there must be a 1099 somewhere. But maybe that’s another can of worms he doesn’t want open.

    And, Johnny, if all your years of being a Big Old Girl have taught you nothing else, you should have learned not to fuck with a queen. You’re going down, bitch. And not in a good way.

  • Monoceros Forth

    Is pasting the term “foreign agent” on Johnny Weir hyperbolic? Yeah, it is, but there’s a point to it: anti-GLBT Russian officials have made a habit of blaming gay activism in their country on foreign influences and being paid off with foreign money. More generally the Putin regime has been going after any organizations he doesn’t like with the “foreign agent” accusation. So it’s just a bit delicious to see that the narcissistic Weir has been boasting of being best buddies with the same government that’s been claiming that Russian GLBT activists are all tools paid off with Western money.

  • http://www.newmillgay.com/ The_Fixer

    Russian “Cosnulate” is a typo.

    “Working with the Russian Consulate” is not a typo. It’s either the truth someone doesn’t want to get out there, a lie, or padding one’s resume (assuming that it’s not true).

    Regardless of which it is, it is also a fiasco.

  • John Masters

    That hot mess has always been little more than an attention whore. NBC is making a huge mistake associating with this person.

    It’s one thing to pad a resume, but another entirely to just be dishonest. I sometimes consult with the State Department on technology issues. I can put that in a resume, but I’m not entitled to say I was an Ambassador.

    It’s a little like last week when Peter Sprigg at FRC claimed he “testified” before the Blood and Tissue Policy Committee for HHS. Given that I have a letter from the Chair of the Committee saying that Peter merely showed up and used one of the five minutes slots provided for public comment, that’s a pretty big difference. Maybe Wire (see, that’s a typo there) had to stop by the Consulate one time with his boy friend to do some visa kind of paperwork. I guess that qualifies.

  • bkmn

    Having a Russian lover is one thing. Defending the indefensible is another thing, bordering on insanity.

  • jenn k

    He was a part of the US figure skating team when it happened in 2010. He was also riding his post-Olympic celebrity and used that to raise money for children.

  • olandp

    Oops, I made a typo, fixed it now. Wouldn’t that be the definition of resume padding?

  • jenn k

    So now working on a gala to raise money for children’s playground equipment is the same as being a foreign agent? I don’t even have words for that bullshit.

    That event is not only on the RCWS website, it’s been on Johnny’s official website since it happened in 2010. Still is. Right here: http://www.figureskatersonline.com/johnnyweir/home/charities/

    A third-party booking agency pulled it off his website and abbreviated it poorly. But by all means, keep believing it makes him a deep cover agent.

  • MyrddinWilt

    This is just so weird. Why did he show up in the Russian military uniform? Does he have a NAZI stormtrooper outfit as well?

    I don’t think this is padding his resume. Consulates are there to be worked with. I ‘work with’ the British consulate from time to time. Which means no more than I go and have a chat with them about technology. I certainly would never mention that in a resume though.

    Going to talk to a foreign consulate like that is rather strange. He isn’t a Russian national and isn’t part of the US figure skating team.

  • HereinDC

    60 days to The Olympics is a long time for the press to find more interesting tidbits about Mr. Wire…opps, a typo, I mean Mr. Weir. Yes, he should cut bait while he has the remaining professionalism that is left of his new found occupation.

  • olandp

    Passing your resume isn’t a crime, but you really shouldn’t do it in such a public way. With the internets anything can be exposed. Johnny needs to bow out gracefully asap to save any dignity he might salvage.

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