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    Johnny Weir 'Loves Wearing Dead Animals,' Calls Animal Rights Activists 'Crazy Fur People'

    by Erin Donnelly (Subscribe to Erin Donnelly's posts), Posted Feb 17th 2010 at 1:56PM

    After bowing to pressure from animals rights groups to replace the fox fur on his costume with faux fur, men's figure skater Johnny Weir has changed tack and issued a pro-fur rant, saying he loves "wearing dead animals," Reuters reports.

    Way to fan the flames, kid.

    The outspoken star -- who took to the ice at the Vancouver Olympics last night in a less divisive but hardly demure pink and black Hot Topic-worthy ensemble with sheer-panel details -- made the controversial remarks in a press conference, as he explained that "death threats" from animal rights activists (dubbed "crazy fur people" by the skater) had forced him to stay in the secure Olympic Village rather than a hotel, according to the news service.

    "There have been threats against me," the "Be Good Johnny Weir" star reportedly explained. "Threats of harming me personally and I didn't want to get hurt. So I decided to stay in the village and my team has made it as comfortable as possible.

    "I don't want any outside influences to hurt my chances here. Even though I'm not always comfortable rooming with somebody or being in a communal village sort of situation, it's what I've got to deal with."

    But if that sounds like he's taking the high road, think again.

    "There was a lot of attention put on a tiny piece of fur," Weir said. "While I do understand anti-fur activists' views about fur and the fur industry, they aren't part of my life.

    "One thing that is horrible is when somebody pushes a belief on you like a religion. I was definitely threatened and felt very threatened. People are nuts.

    "I'm an easy person to pick on because I'm very open I like fur and I like things that come from dead animals. It's easy put your cause against an athlete going to the Olympic Games, it's good free publicity for these activists."

    Ouch. Figure skating hasn't been this fiery since Lily Cole knocked down that little girl.

    But should Weir -- who noted that skaters wear "leather skates made of cow" -- be admired for standing up against animal rights bullies, or has he put his foot in his mouth (watch out for that blade!) once again?
    Good for him! If you don't like fur, don't buy it but leave the rest of us alone.

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    I don't see the difference between eating meat and wearing leather, and wearing a fur coat. I'm amazed at how many PETA types wear leather boots and jackets.


    If I had the money to spend, I'd have a full-length sable coat. They are beautiful. I always ask my coworkers with fur coats if I can touch them-mostly, Detroit women have rabbit jackets, because rabbit fur is a more affordable luxury than a mink. A couple of women at my church have full-length fox or minks, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noonwitch View Post
    I don't see the difference between eating meat and wearing leather, and wearing a fur coat. I'm amazed at how many PETA types wear leather boots and jackets.


    If I had the money to spend, I'd have a full-length sable coat. They are beautiful. I always ask my coworkers with fur coats if I can touch them-mostly, Detroit women have rabbit jackets, because rabbit fur is a more affordable luxury than a mink. A couple of women at my church have full-length fox or minks, though.
    I had a coon skin hat when I was little. Does that count?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebel Yell View Post
    I had a coon skin hat when I was little. Does that count?
    It does if you still wear it.

    (And we know that you do.) :p
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    It does if you still wear it.

    (And we know that you do.) :p
    He swaps it off with his time for Beenie propeller Yumalke !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    Good for him! If you don't like fur, don't buy it but leave the rest of us alone.
    First he told them to go pound sand, then he capitulated, then he went back to sand pounding. Either way, good on ya dude for eventually getting back to your principles.

    FYI - he just announced today that he's probably done with the Olympics in order to pursue his next career. Fashion.

    Who didn't see that coming? :D
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    I think he got hosed last night though. He finished with a lower long program score than a guy who fell flat on his face.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NJCardFan View Post
    I think he got hosed last night though. He finished with a lower long program score than a guy who fell flat on his face.
    But he looked....fabulous!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    But he looked....fabulous!
    So does the girl whom he's rooming with. She's beautiful---just finished skating in the compulsories in ice dancing. Ice dancing is like watching paint dry, particularly with all of them doing the tango.
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    So does the girl whom he's rooming with. She's beautiful---just finished skating in the compulsories in ice dancing. Ice dancing is like watching paint dry, particularly with all of them doing the tango.
    To tell the truth, I haven't watched. The biathlon is all I care about and they don't show it at a reasonable time because small children may decide to ski for miles and shoot at a target.
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