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Mon 22 Feb, 2010
By Sam Bristowe

For me, I take everything as a game. I am very laid-back as far as that goes. I like to poke fun at people, there's no harm with that, it's all in good fun

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US skater Johnny Weir has spoken to the same Australian network after his performance at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and he discussed the comments previously made by the official sports correspondent for the Australian Nine Network.
Earlier in the competition, Eddie McGuire, who is Official Winter Olympics correspondent for Channel Nine, made jokes with his co-host, Mick Molloy, about the sexuality of figure skater Johnny Weir.
Whilst reporting they said “They don't leave anything in the closet either, do they? Not even their tutus, jazz hands, silk shirts or flaming homosexuality - but seriously dude, kids are watching.”
Many viewers were said to be outraged by comments made and official complaints were made and social networking sites have begun groups, asking the newsreader to be sacked from his job.

However Weir, who has never claimed that he was gay, has dismissed the comments made by the presenter and joked about them. He also spoke about the viewpoint from the general public and the stigma many feel he creates to men in figure skating.
Talking about his performance he said to another Channel Nine Australia presenter ''It wasn't great. It wasn't the best I've ever done in my life, but I'm very happy... but I do know it wasn't perfect.... I am getting criticized a lot for being 'the wrong person' to bring fans to men's figure skating. But, in my way -- as Lady Gaga would say -- I have all 'my little monsters' out there. And they're all supporting me at all times.... That's something that, to me personally, means the world. Because I may not be the most-decorated skater in the world. But judging by the audience reaction at the beginning of my program, and the end, they go on my journeys with me.... Goodnight Eddie, I love you.''
''For me, I take everything as a game. I am very laid-back as far as that goes. I like to poke fun at people, there's no harm with that, it's all in good fun.''
Wier is widely known for wearing flamboyant costumes and to have an eccentric personality.


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