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    I think it's sad that people can't be themselves if they are perceived as being different. Johhny moves to the beat of his own drum. Actually since the Olympics I have learned to appreciate him more.It is unfortunate that people consider a top five finish at your firts IOlympic games a dissapointment. Scott Hamilton was fifth in 1980, Brian was fifth in 84, Urmanov was fifth in 92 and Alexei was fifth in 98 as was Irina Slutskaya. Remember how proud Meno and Sand were in 94 when they finished fifth?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eeyora
    I think it's sad that people can't be themselves if they are perceived as being different. Johhny moves to the beat of his own drum. Actually since the Olympics I have learned to appreciate him more.It is unfortunate that people consider a top five finish at your firts IOlympic games a dissapointment. Scott Hamilton was fifth in 1980, Brian was fifth in 84, Urmanov was fifth in 92 and Alexei was fifth in 98 as was Irina Slutskaya. Remember how proud Meno and Sand were in 94 when they finished fifth?
    That is a great point, ah, the "fair weather" fan.

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    (From this article) he sounds confused. I am confused too. I think it is perfectly possible that he gets hate mail- there are many crazy people out there. However, receiving death threats in Torino and JW not reporting it to the authorities does not make any sense to me. If he received explicity death threats he should have most certainly reported them to the right people. If they were implied death threats (e.g. I hope your plane crashes- terrible thing to say to anyone, BTW) they may not have posed harm. The hate mail though could really get to one eventually. IMO Johnny needs to delegate the task of opening his mail to someone trustworthy and get rid of the junk. If there is a serious threat in any of the letters, they should be reported to the police.

    I am still confused by the fact that he did not say anything publicly about this whole thing until now. May be there is an explanation?

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    I don't know...could just be a good publicity stunt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ladskater
    I don't know...could just be a good publicity stunt.
    If he wanted publicity he could have said something around the time of Worlds. The reporters would've been all over him.

    I think the journalist who wrote the article is maybe making a bigger deal out of it than Johnny is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norlite
    I don't agree. I think that the fact that these things are finally being discussed prove that it's a more open climate.
    It may be more open, in that people are discussing things more openly but i don't think its any more accepting. Open conversations allow both sides to be vocal including the ones against homosexuality or any semblance of equal rights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmscfdcsu
    IMO his switch to the awful Mvirca mess helped to seal his fate last season. He looked lost on the ice before the music even started. The poor kid might as well have been skating to "I'm a Little Teapot"
    I thought he looked as if he had a hang over at the Olympics free program. Too much partying with the Russians the night before. Let's hope he's learned a valuable lesson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suzy
    I thought he looked as if he had a hang over at the Olympics free program. Too much partying with the Russians the night before. Let's hope he's learned a valuable lesson.
    This is the first time i've heard this! Where did you hear that?!?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suzy
    I thought he looked as if he had a hang over at the Olympics free program. Too much partying with the Russians the night before. Let's hope he's learned a valuable lesson.
    You're joking, right? There was no partying with the Russians the night before.

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    With regards to whether he acknowleged this publicly, he actually did, here: " I want to make a special note for everyone who has decided to take it upon themselves to be original and write Johnny Weir a hate mail. I've heard "pussy," "disgrace," "narcissistic," "******," "princess," "mentally unstable," embarrassment," "queeny," "I hope we're not related," "out of control," "[color=red]*[/color][color=red]*[/color][color=red]*[/color][color=red]*[/color][color=red]*[/color][color=red]*[/color][color=red]*[/color][color=red]*[/color]," "stupid," "queer," "ugly," and many many other lovely things, so try to be more original at least. Oh and F*** You too!
    http://www.figureskatersonline.com/j...r/journal.html

    Having read these comments I don't know how anyone can make the assertion that the backlash at Johnny didn't have an at least partially homophobic context.

    I also wish people wouldn't be so quick to accuse him of exaggerating since I can't find any quotes where he specifically refers to what happened as 'death threats' in the articles that mention this. There must have been some press conference or something Sunday the 23rd, but those comments he supposedly made are not quoted anywhere. Kathy Griffin referred to them this way, but if Johnny did the papers aren't quoting him thusly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eeyora
    I think it's sad that people can't be themselves if they are perceived as being different.
    But is THAT the reson for the threats? I do not think it is clear what the reason is for the threats. There are several different speculations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joesitz
    But is THAT the reson for the threats? I do not think it is clear what the reason is for the threats. There are several different speculations.
    I don't see the people who sent the hate mail jumping forward to tell us their reasons for sending it. However, other athletes were expected to do better than they did at the Olympics, and I don't recall hearing that they got hate mail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terisalyn
    I don't see the people who sent the hate mail jumping forward to tell us their reasons for sending it. However, other athletes were expected to do better than they did at the Olympics, and I don't recall hearing that they got hate mail.
    I'll bet Bode Miller did!

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    Although Johnny is known to be dramatic, I feel there is truth to what he said. I know of several athletes who, when their performance didn't measure up to a fan's standards, received threats and etc. The article mentions Apollo Ohno. I also remember a (Brazilian?) football player who was killed when he returned to his country after failing in an international.

    I also know of many people who receive threats and who never report them. Some feel that they can deal with them on their own, that those making the threats aren't truly serious. There are lots of potential reasons for not reporting. I do wish he had done, though, because it would be easier to stop it if it had been reported from the start.

    Someone else mentioned Rudy Galindo, and that he didn't receive threats. One of the major differences between Rudy and Johnny, in addition to those that others have mentioned, is the accessibility of the Internet and public records now. The Internet, and the anonymity it seems to offer, sometimes makes people say things that they'd never say in person or in a real letter. It also makes info like Johnny's parent's phone number much easier to get. The Internet really wasn't as much of a force during Rudy's time.

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    Johnny...................

    I like Johnny Weir's skating. But.....................he is a person who constantly must be in the spot light, quite a diva in my opinion.

    It seems to me that if he was that concerned about death threats, the last thing he would do is to give them any merit by making them public. Perhaps he is immature and not very smart. Why in the world would a logically thinking person fuel the fire by whining about it in public.

    How disappointing!

    Dizzy

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