The last I knew SOI was not federally funded and so wasn't subject to EEO regulations. If they don't want to invite Johnny - or Plushenko - or Joe Schmoe off the street, they don't have to, regardless of qualifications. They can hire who they want - and who they want is obviously someone whom they believe fits into their corporate culture best.
In any business structure, there are people who don't fit in, no matter how talented or smart or creative they are. In a tight marketplace, the intelligent candidate learns how to adapt and fit themselves into the market, not stand up and demand that the market change to suit them.
Putting Johnny into SOI would be like pounding a square peg in a round hole - it's painful to both objects and one or the other ends up irreparbly damaged. I'm betting that Scott & Co decided that Johnny, no matter how popular he may or may not be to spectators, just isn't worth the drama that would come along with him.
"Learn from yesterday. Live for today. Look to tomorrow. Rest this afternoon." Charles Schultz
That being said this is all so old. It's never going to happen for whatever reason.
The notion that he would cause drama is unfounded. The European and Asian companies have no problem in hiring him. Attyfan's post about balancing the ticket is certainly reasonable and plausible. I think he's doing okay without SOI.
There were group numbers in COI too, remember the James Bond theme the last year where Evan (James Bond) and Johnny ( a villian) had a mock fight and Evan killed Johnny? I remember seeing COI in 2006 and watching the skaters, including Johnny moving props in the dark and helping to set up the scenery for the individual and group programs.
But my impression of the difference between the two shows was that COI was more of a collection of performances by individual skaters without any connection (usually just the skaters doing whatever show number(s) they had that year), while SOI was more of a group show with a "theme" that was often reflected in the skaters' individual programs and costumes.
I would have been here sooner, but the bus kept stopping for other people to get on it. - Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory
JMO but I would think that if SOI had certain themes or songs or moves they did not like, they would say something and the skater would have to comply if he or she wished to be paid. This is pro skating. Johnny might protest but in the end they would be his bosses and he would either give in or get out. He never got that chance. To tag him as uncooperative and a trouble maker before the fact is unfair and not based on truth.
@REO: "To tag [Johnny] as uncooperative and a trouble maker before the fact is unfair and not based on truth."
BTW, @manleywoman: Thanks for responding to my earlier queries about the interview with Johnny's agent, Tara. Do you recall who the skater was that you previously interviewed prior to eligible retirement?
Pain in the ass divas (like Naomi Campbell) have to be twice as good as their competition in order to get booked to offset the inevitable drama that goes with it. If you market yourself as a diva, you can't be disappointed when people don't hire you because of it (whether you actually are a diva or not).
As for these constant comparisons of Johnny to Evan, I have to ask why? On the ice when directly competing against each other, sure, but why is it that Johnny fans, and apparently Johnny himself, constantly bring up Evan and his image and his non-competitive career and his clothes and his behaviour and everything else?
If Johnny is supposed to be so unique and one-of-a-kind, shouldn't he be beyond compare to Evan or anyone else?
These same old discussions are so
What did Tara do that mesed up the balance? I wasn't arounds then.
I think he has been a breath taking skater and I would be the first to get tickets if he is ever in a show in the UK.
I think a discussion of quads is pretty much irrelevant at this stage because he's unlikely to compete again.