Off topic, but I miss Johnny's performance.
The people who decide who gets the award must all be straight.
I am free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equally.~W. C. Fields
I like Johnny, but I don't get why he was awarded this honor.
Congrats anyway. I'm sure he'll make the best of it.
I bet he's getting recognized for his high-profile press conference in Vancouver during the Olympics. He was so eloquent and gracious in the face of terrible behavior by some insensitive commentators. I love him and think he deserves this award just for those very public, well-articulated comments.
http://www.atlantahrcdinner.org/visibility_award.aspxThe Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award recognizes LGBT individuals who are living open and honest lives at home, at work and in their greater community – attributes that align with HRC's mission of creating a country that inspires and engages all Americans to work toward ending discrimination against LGBT citizens and realizing a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all. Past recipients of the coveted National Visibility Award include WNBA star Sheryl Swoopes and "Young and the Restless" star Thom Bierdz, among others.
Isn't Johnny planning on officially speaking about his sexuality in his upcoming book?
http://www.looktothestars.org/celebr...78-johnny-weirJohnny hopes to be an ambassador someday to Russia or S. Korea (he speaks Russian fluently and is learning Korean). When asked what he wanted other people to learn about him, he said, “My idea of teaching young people to be unique and believe in their own inner strength."
Anyway, congratulations, Johnny!
Last edited by museksk8r; 09-10-2010 at 10:09 PM.
Reference musesk8r's post and LadyGray's. The honor is not undeserved. I'm not sure what people want him to be as far as activism goes. He's not wealthy and he's only 26 years old. He does what he can when he sees a need or is asked for help and it's more than alot of people in his position give. Congratulations Johnny! You're a good guy and you deserve this accolade.
How did I know which direction this thread would take? Some people are so predictable.
For some balance, here's another things Johnny did that makes him a worthy recipient:
"'Is this new BMW-designed sled the ultimate sledding machine for Langdon and Holcomb?' Leigh Diffey asked before the pair cruised to victory. I don’t know, but I know that sled is the ultimate Olympic Games product placement.." -- Jen Chaney
I had no idea Sheryl Swoopes was gay, so I guess their definition of "open and honest" doesn't include shouting from the rooftops.
Johnny's always been unrepentently flamboyant, so to me, that's almost more difficult than being "openly gay."
"Puccini cries out for spirals, but really good ones." ~ Dick Button, 1998 Worlds
It would seem that the candidate's visibility would have to promote human rights. Johnny's RDS comments certainly did address the issue of sexual orientation as a human right, but I would guess that there are activists out there in the BGLT community (not sure it's the right acronym) who put much more on the line than Johnny did and put in hours of work for the cause, which Johnny did not.
[QUOTE=LadyGrady] I bet he's getting recognized for his high-profile press conference in Vancouver during the Olympics. He was so eloquent and gracious in the face of terrible behavior by some insensitive commentators. I love him and think he deserves this award just for those very public, well-articulated comments.
While I agree that Johnny handled RDS's comments brilliantly, I don't think they necessarily make him the best person for the award. Johnny puts the self-interest of his celebrity before any causes, while there are BGLT activists out there who work very hard, are involved in political, economic and social endeavours, and make personal sacrifices/take personal risks for their cause.
If the visibility award has been given to Johnny precisely because of his visibility as a celebrity who defends different sexual orientations, I find that sort of sad. Tons of celebrities make comments in defense of human rights and minorities and if they all merited an award for that there would be no end of award shows.
Talk is cheap. Aren't their 'visible' individuals out there who have done much more for human rights than just say a few politically correct sentences in a press conference?
The Olympics is a huge forum. You don't get more visible globally than that. Perhaps there are others who also deserve the award but there is only one per year. Johnny was very visible this year so it's his time. His award does not negate others who do good work.
Well, since the award REQUIRES that the individual be LGBT, I guess we don't have to wait for Johnny's book to at least know he is either G or T.