i read somewhere that Johnny Got Mac Cosmetics ad.
i read somewhere that Johnny Got Mac Cosmetics ad.
He's going to be the face of MAC I think for their Winter Holiday campaign.
"I miss footwork that has any kind of a discernible pattern. The goal of a step sequence should not be for a skater to show the same ice coverage as a Zamboni and take about as much time as an ice resurface. " ~ Zemgirl, reflecting on a pre-IJS straight line sequence
You can see the shorts here
I don't particularly mind the cravat, a little wierd but ok. The shorts however are just ridiculous. He looks like he is wearing a plastic garbage bag or a big ol black diaper.
My thought on the outfit as I scrolled down a photo was "Cute hair, nice jacket/cravat--very Johnny... WHAT are these shorts, and why is his shirt only half tucked in?" But then the more I looked at it, the more I got used to it? And I thought, "Well, it's the Trevor Project. It's all about being yourself, unabashedly. It's pretty appropriate for him to wear something fearless." Now I think it's great, because even though I really don't like those shorts, particularly with that jacket, it's like, "Eh, why not? He's got the legs and the guts for it." My only complaint was that he wore too much makeup. He's too pretty to wear so much that it looks like a mask of foundation. Two different reactions:
At least he's got good legs.
I'm with TLo on this one. That get-up is out there for the sake of being out there and just doesn't work.
My job requires me to be a juggler, but that does not mean that I enjoy working with clowns.
Jeremy Abbott has tattoos.They've told Johnny to change his costume. What would they do if a skater had tattoos
Bottom line is... as long as a skater skates well nationally and/or internationally, that's what matters the most to "USFS."
The thing is, historically within figure skating, being gay altho' not publicly acceptable (largely due to societal/ cultural fears and traditions), was privately known and/ or gossiped about. The huge no-no and taboo has always been to openly admit to being gay, or as a male to appear "effeminate while skating." But once again, after Johnny, it seems to me that as long as you have talent, work hard, and conform publicly to acceptable norms, there's a lot more leeway for self-expression on the ice, if not a complete end to the faux "masculine/ macho" presentation b***s***
Re: "ongoing quest to be different and refusal to play along with the rest of them. Oh well, I guess your comments kinda prove my earlier point: It's okay to be queer, as long as you're not Johnny Weir. Addendum: And as long as you're willing to "play along with the rest of them."
Re Johnny and friend's outfits.... ITA Justathoughtabl! Johnny has a way with fashion, as well as a way with words and skate blades. Funny the fact that Johnny provokes just by being himself. Whether he's intentionally provoking, or just inimitably being who he is, he surely is "The Top," as expressed in that very funny and original Cole Porter song. I give Johnny credit for not being boring and insipid, and following the crowd.
In his book, Johnny definitely illustrates how from a young age, his way of asserting himself and dealing with the bullying or belittling attitudes of others was to get back on the bike, braid those offensive streamers, pedal back to the bullies' territory, and flaunt his individuality. He admits "braiding the streamers" was kinda silly --(a statement nonetheless), and pulling out of a competition because TPTB wished to ban his outfit was kinda stupid --(an action that only ended up hurting himself). We all live and learn. IMHO, it's Johnny's chutzpah and his courage in being himself and being comfortable in his own skin that ultimately is what many people admire about him the most. That is why I find him inspirational. He's not a saint, but he's definitely inspirational. If I want to spend time faultfinding, I need look no farther than my own shortcomings.
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"After Johnny"??? So if you know so much about figure skating history, how did you miss that Toller Cranston and John Curry were the agents for exactly the same sort of change in the early/mid 70s? Johnny is far from being the only skater who has influenced how male skaters present themselves in the ice.But once again, after Johnny, it seems to me that as long as you have talent, work hard, and conform publicly to acceptable norms, there's a lot more leeway for self-expression on the ice, if not a complete end to the faux "masculine/ macho" presentation b***s***
We live in an ageist society where everything is based on youth, but I hated being 18. I don't like teenagers any more now than I did then. I'm 49 now and there is no way that I'd go back to my teens and 20s - even if I knew what I know now, I don't want to go through all that again. I found it a very difficult time. - Buzz Osborne of the Melvins
Today (7/2/11) was Johnny's 27th birthday, just to keep up the news thread. He's in Japan right now, doing Fantasy on Ice. From the letter he wrote to Japanese fans after the tsunami, it seems this is just where he'd want to spend a special day like this.
I just (finally) saw the movie Thor, and the whole time I was thinking how much Loki (Tom Hiddleston) looked like Johnny Weir. They really have very different facial structures, but the skin, the eyes, the hair . . . something else . . . just reminded me of Johnny. Here's a link to a photo that doesn't entirely show the resemblance:
what a babe.
Most of his so-called outrageousness is centred on his off-ice persona - the things he says, does and wears.
I honestly wish Johnny had put more of his energy into expressing himself through skating within the discipline of the sport, where I think his creativity could have grown and become something really interesting. Once freed of judges and rules and requirements, I think he lacks the foundation to really create art out there, and instead is just well, out there.
And aftershocks, I am entirely aware that coming out is a huge deal for figure skaters and other men and women - my point was that as it relates to any effect on the sport, it wouldn't have made any difference if Johnny had come out while still competing under the auspices of the USFSA as opposed to waiting until he had a book deal.
So yes, I'm hypothesizing when it comes to figure skating specifically, but in looking at the broader world around us, I'm confident in my opinion that Johnny could have come out several years ago, while still competing, without it affecting the sport or his federation in a negative way.
It would actually be interesting to somehow measure how much ink/discussion/interest Johnny's sexual preferences generated before vs after he made it official in his book. Often, the path to a place is more interesting than what we find when we actually get there. This reference might be a bit outdated for some people, but remember when Sam and Diane finally got together on Cheers?