Johnny Weir's latest statement about more than fashion
FEB 20, 2014 6:23a ET
American figure skater Johnny Weir has made quite an impression in Sochi working as a commentator for NBC during the Olympics.
He frequently sports bright outfits, proclaimed his fearlessness in the face of Russia's anti-gay policies, and painted the town red (OK, pink) with fellow commentator Tara Lipinski.
But on Wednesday, with his eyes on figure skating but his heart and mind on more pressing matters elsewhere, he used his fashion and his flamboyance to make a political statement.
As only he can.
Here is the statement:
And here is the meaning, according to For The Win:
Johnny Weir is in Sochi, but his thoughts are with the people of Ukraine. Dozens of protesters have died in anti-government clashes between protesters and police.
Weir said he was wearing his hair in “a traditional Ukrainian braid” on Wednesday in support of people in Kiev. At least 25 people have been killed in the capital city in clashes between protesters and Ukrainian riot police this week.
“I was planning, before I came, on doing braids because it’s the style here,” Weir said. “I wanted to do it today because everything is going so rough over there.”
Weir has particular ties to Ukraine, his coach is Galina Zmievskaya, who was born in Odessa, Ukraine.
And as for painting the town pink with Lipinski? Here you go:
H/t: Fourth-Place Medal