What a beautiful man!

3 Mar

As with most of the world, I became addicted to the Olympics in the past few weeks. I also had a few “favorites” that I cheered a little louder for. One was Apolo Anton Ohno — the 8-time medalist for short track speed skating.

YUM. What a beautiful man!

I’ve been addicted to Apolo since his first Olympics. In fact, I briefly tried to convince my husband to name our son Apolo (he was having NONE of it — probably a wise choice!). As a mother of white/Asian young boy, I see my son growing up to be just as handsome. At least he will be in my eyes.

I also found another Olympian to follow this time around — Johnny Weir. The ever-flamboyant figure skater who placed 6th, even though the crowd and his fans gave him the Bronze medal. I’m no expert in figure skating or the new “judging system”, so I will not debate his placement and scores. I’ll leave that to Scott Hamilton and the French judge.

However, I was extremely impressed with how this young man — known for his controversial and outlandish statements — responded to homophobic remarks (in French) from a couple of French-Canadian sports reporters. Johnny Weir did not asked for an apology — instead he asked for these men to think about the children watching the Olympics, and how it might affect them.

“I want [their remarks] to be public because I don’t want 50 years from now more young boys and girls to have to go through this sort of thing and to have their whole life basically questioned for no reason other than to make a joke and to make people watch their television program.”

“I hope more kids can grow up the same way that I did and more kids can feel the freedom that I feel to be themselves and to express themselves.”

Johnny praised his parents and his upbringing. He knows he is a role-model and needs to the kids watching the Olympics to know he is not ashamed of who he is. He is proud, and has a loving family supporting him. He also understands and respects having freedom of expression and freedom of speech means some people are going to say things you don’t like. He responded to ridicule with compassion.

What a beautiful man!

Reference:

Propos homophobes: Mailhot et Goldberg 19/02/2010 (in French)
Johnny Weir responds to commentators who questioned his gender, example he sets

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