My Gosh, the Chan fans are negatively charged-up and defensive (surprise, surprise). Jeez, the petition really isn't about Patrick! It's about fairness in the judging. And obviously, many folks are interested in taking a stand on that.
It doesn't matter whether or not any of those who signed individually like or dislike Patrick or his skating. I think most of the high profile people who signed are interested in the sport's integrity and would be just as supportive of Patrick if the tables were turned (Fat Chance ). It's not so much either about awarding Denis Ten gold at this point, which is obviously not going to happen. It's about making a protest and letting their voices be heard.
But yeah, go ahead and continue being outraged for poor Patrick. Your defensive ire is only fuel for further spotlighting Patrick's own embarrassment at his Worlds lp performance. Meanwhile though, PChid is having a blast on tour with his skating friends.