There continues to be much interest in this person even if his skating career is over and a bit of controversy.
But its been brought up again and again and two recent GS threads.
As far as the general public goes, do you feel Johnny is bringing new fans to mens figure skating or pushing them away?
I do not know that anyone here has the pulse of the USA but if you have articles to back up your yes or no, maybe we could really give this serious attention it deserves.
I think his skating brings people in because its beautiful, but I suspect (only a guess) that his off ice outfits, staements and reality shows might make a parent think twiceabout encouraging his son to be a figureskater. Unlike Jamie Sale, I don;t have a problem with Johnny as he's so honest and funny. (qualifier would be his use of fur-I hope he stops it).
If people answer and you don't like the answer. Please do not flame them. Everyone should be able to state an opinion. I thought of a sincere, honest question as this question gets talked AROUND but people are vague because they fear attack. I don't think GSers are typical of the American public re "Johnny". I suspect they are liberal and more lenient as to lifestyle.
The question is again, is he as a total package bringing the sport up or down in popularity? Or do you think he has no real effect?