Monday, December 23, 2013

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Without Words

The world is not respectable;
it is mortal, tormented, confused, deluded forever;
but it is shot through with beauty, with love,
with glints of courage and laughter;
and in these, the spirit blooms ...
and struggles to the light
amid the thorns.
—George Santayana

Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.
Please click for breathtaking full-size image.

I have learned that fighting inside oneself 
and bullying others to adhere to group-think
are the single easiest ways to alienate people
and lead them to quit. 
I refuse to quit, now or ever. 
I will fight for change in my way and will
support those who fight in their way.

From his latest column for the Falls Church News-Press, 
in which he eloquently answers his critics 
with clear-eyed self-awareness, honesty, and heart. 
And far more grace than most could manage.
Please, please read and share.

UPDATE!! Photo tweeted by Johnny: 
“Bye Calgary! @ Hotel Le Germain”
More Canada trip photos/videos below!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

"I Would Be So Happy and Excited to Meet Johnny Weir"

Johnny at the beginning of his Poker Face performance 
last night at the Bryant Park tree lighting in NYC! 
Photo © Jill Sakowitz
Pics and vids below!!
(For lots of gorgeous closeups of this stunning costume 
in action, please revisit this post from 
the costume’s debut in China last summer.)

Reminder: Johnny returns to NBC 
this Sunday, December 8
to provide commentary on the Grand Prix Final! 
ICYMI: His Rostelecom ladies’ commentary is here
Men’s commentary here!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Some Happy for Thanksgiving

Wayback Wednesday picspam: 
Johnny preparing to greet fans in Sun Valley 
this past summer after his stellar performances 
of “Schindler’s List” and “Army of Me.” 
As always, he was kind, patient, funny, and made 
each fan feel as if he had come all the way 
to Sun Valley just to see them.
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.
Lots more pics below!

UPDATE!! East Coast fans: 
Johnny is performing at the Bryant Park
NYC tree lighting Tuesday, December 3! 
Details here!

Reminder: No GP skating this weekend, 
but Johnny returns to NBC next Sunday, December 8
to provide commentary on the Grand Prix Final! 
ICYMI: His Rostelecom ladies’ commentary is here
UPDATE: Men’s commentary here!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

"A Little Sparkle Never Hurts!"

Johnny in his very sparkly spot
for Dora the Explorer’s “Ice Skating Spectacular,” 
which airs this coming Monday, November 25, 
at 7 pm EST / 6 pm EST on Nickelodeon. 
He looks amazing, even beyond the gorgeous costume!

UPDATE! Gif tweeted by Johnny: 
“Had such fun with @bethenny today! 
See our interview Thursday! Check your local listings! 
Bonus pic below!

So this is another one-hit wonder blog because Nickelodeon posted their video late last night promoting Johnny’s upcoming guest-star appearance on Dora and it was immediately obvious that we would need a ridiculous amount of screencaps squeezed from the barely 60 seconds of video provided to get us through until this thing actually airs and OMG it’s so cute that no one could even deal with it last night. Also it pleases me no end to see people tweeting about it with the hashtag #familyfriendly. We have long memories here in the Land of the Ice King.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Random Funday Roundup

Beautiful Johnny and his ever-present 
necklace of charms. 
For super-size photo and a closer look 
at the charms, please click here
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.

UPDATE! Yes, we have video of Johnny’s
commentary on Trophée Eric Bompard!
Men’s event here.
UPDATE: Women’s event here.
(We also have another update: a fab video 
from Johnny’s Instagram below.)

Reminder: Johnny is commentating 
on all the Grand Prix events!! 
Tune in to NBC’s coverage of Grand Prix Russia
this Sunday, November 24
at 2 pm EST / 1 pm CST.

UPDATE! Photo tweeted by Johnny 
late Saturday night: 
“Night shift with @taralipinski. 
Céline Bags akimbo for GP France
on NBC, Sunday at 4:30 EST.”

So in a fascinating new column for the Falls Church News-Press this week, Johnny revealed some of his spiritual beliefs in “Johnny’s World: I Talk to Spoons, Part 1”:

Monday, November 11, 2013

"...That Boy With Wings on His Heart"

Johnny, Fallen Angel, Vancouver 2010.
“The most beautiful performance I have ever seen. 
Inspired a young theater group in Brazil...” 
Read this poignantly uplifting story below.
Now UPDATED with a postscript!

Yes, we have video of Johnny’s 
TWO-HOUR commentary on NHK Trophy!
Men’s event here
UPDATE: Women’s event here.
And random rave reviews from Twitter below.

Reminder: Johnny is commentating 
on all the Grand Prix events! 
Tune in to NBC’s coverage of Trophée Eric Bompard
this Sunday, November 17
at a new time: 4:30 pm EST.

One of the major perks of blogging incessantly about Johnny is encountering some of the most amazing people from all over the world whose lives have been touched by him in heartbreakingly beautiful ways, often completely unbeknownst to him.

Val Oliveira, a volunteer drama teacher from São Paulo, Brazil, is one of those people.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Wayback Wednesday Via Weibo

Johnny performs Born This Way during the 
Artistry on Ice tour earlier this year. #sparklecrotch 
This trip down memory lane brought to you by 
an awesome new interview excerpted below.

Johnny Is Commenting On 
All The Things

Reminder: Johnny is doing commentary
for EVERY Grand Prix event! 
this Sunday, November 10... 

...for 2X your usual weekly dose of Johnny! 
(Still below the RDA of 100,000,000X, 
but we’ll take what we can get.)
Thank you, NBC Sports!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Tribute: "My Beautiful Ice Angel"

Johnny performs Fallen Angel 
at NHK Trophy, November 2009.

UPDATE: Johnny will be appearing 
on the Fourth Hour of the Today Show 
with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb 
on Wednesday, October 30, 10 am EST! 
Don’t miss it!

Friday, October 25, 2013

"All of Him Is My Treasure"

End of an era: 
Johnny’s at the close of his exquisite 
Schindler’s List program, 
in his last public exhibition performance 
as a competitive skater. 
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.
Please click twice for larger image.

Success in any endeavor
depends on the degree
to which it is an expression
of your true self.

— Ralph Marston

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

"Thank You for the Memories"

Photo tweeted by Johnny: 
“Memories to fill 1,000 lifetimes. 
Thank you.

In an appearance on NBC’s Today this morning, Johnny announced his retirement from competitive figure skating and was welcomed to the NBC Sports broadcasting team as a figure skating analyst. His on-air duties begin this Sunday, October 27, with NBC’s coverage of Skate Canada.

He has also issued his retirement statement via his weekly column for the Falls Church News-Press:

It is surreal writing about my career as if it had happened to someone else and to actually write the words: I am retiring from competitive figure skating. ... While I am not old, part of being a champion is knowing when your time is up.

Please read his complete statement here.

For full coverage, please visit Johnny’s official website. More on this new chapter coming soon!

Johnny on Today 
in NYC this morning. 
Watch the video here or here.

Congratulations, Johnny, 
on 17 years of medals 
and unparalleled beauty 
on competitive ice, 
and on your new gig with NBC!! 
Love you always.  
— Binky

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Spirit Day: "Paint the World Purple"

Throwback Thursday: Johnny bathed in purple spotlight, 
December 2011. Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.

Johnny will be on the Today Show 
Wednesday, October 23with important news.
Set those DVRs now!

NOTE: Post now UPDATED below with downloadable podcast and transcript of Johnny's BBC interview!

We are each an army of one.
March forward with your army,
never let go of your future
and never listen to idiots 
who tell you “no.”
Johnny Weir
Spirit Day 2010

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Practice Is Perfect

A determined Johnny battles a monster cold, 
high altitude, and smoke-tinged air to rehearse 
on the sun-drenched ice in Sun Valley, Idaho. 
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly. 
Please click for full-size image.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Dear Johnny...

...we miss you!

Thank you for your amazing gift of skating,
your courage, your brilliant sense of humor,
and for all the extraordinary beauty you bring to this world.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Something Beautiful Today

Johnny hits the ice for his rehearsal in Sun Valley. 
This is about the happiest he looked the entire time, 
until he came to greet his waiting fans. The rest of 
his rehearsal was a quiet and intense tug-o-war 
between him and illness, fatigue, altitude, and smoky air.

Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.
Please click for beautiful full-size image.

UPDATE: Excerpt from Johnny’s
latest column, “Johnny’s World: Make-Up,”
for the Falls Church News-Press:

As I became more followed and well known, I learned that when you have bad or sad news to break you have to do it thoughtfully, and with process. You have to omit or lie to conceal the truth to the people who don’t know you personally, yet know you quite intimately, just until you’re ready, and while that may seem understandable, it’s still a lie that you must live with on a daily basis until the news can splash forth from your swollen eyes and puffy, reddened face. ...

Thursday, September 19, 2013

While We Wait...

Johnny in Sun Valley, Idaho,
preparing for his debut performance 
of Schindler’s List while battling 
a monster cold, high altitude, and smoky air. 
I can’t even imagine how he gave such a 
beautiful performance that night—except that 
that’s just the kind of world-renowned champion he is.
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.
Please click twice for amazing full-size image.
It’s like you’re standing right there. ♥

Re: recent reports in the press:

Here is Johnny in his own words today, in his latest column for the Falls-Church News-Press. While we still await a direct statement from him regarding his future, he addresses the issue here obliquely, through the prism of NYFW and with brutally self-aware honesty—as always. Please read

Some brief excerpts:

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

With Your Celebrity Host, Johnny Weir

Johnny at G Lounge’s Sweet 16 birthday 
party in Chelsea last night, at which a 5,000-square-foot 
mural by artist David Paul Kay was unveiled. 
Photo posted to Instagram by G Lounge: 
“Strike a pose Johnny Weir! Celebrating G Lounge’s 
Sweet 16 and the unveiling of @davidpaulkay’s 
‘The Destination.’ Thanks to @andrewwerner 
for the photography!”

Re: recent reports in the press:

To all who have asked me re: news reports about Johnny being out of consideration for the Sochi Winter Games: 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Walk Walk Fashion Baby

Johnny walks the runway for 
Tumbler and Tipsy on the last day of NYFW. 
Totally different look for him, and he seemed to have 
fun with it, tweeting: “Thank you @tumblerandtipsy 
and @MichaelKuluva for a brilliant day. 
So happy to walk for you. Large smooch.”

REMINDER!! NYC-area fans: 
Monday, September 16, 
is G Lounge’s Sweet 16 party, 
with your favorite celebrity host, Johnny!
Open to the public—details here
Don’t miss it!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

A Sudden Craving for Marshmallows...

Johnny at The Blonds NYFW show
 last night. He described his look as “inspired by 
getting punched by a marshmallow.”

So the Fashion Week photogasm continues with Johnny’s appearance at The Blonds, plus he’ll be walking today at 2 pm EDT in the Tumbler and Tipsy by Michael Kuluva show, presented by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. He previously walked for Tumbler and Tipsy earlier this year and was awesome.

First, though, we have less pleasant matters to which we must attend, namely the considerable ugliness happening among gay media outlets, which have delighted in deliberately misrepresenting pretty much everything about Johnny’s eloquent interview with Keith Olbermann this week:

Friday, September 6, 2013

Sun Valley Sneak Peek: "A Rare Human So Breathtaking..."

After a long day of fighting a monster cold, high altitude, 
and air infused with leftover forest-fire smoke— 
through rehearsals and two spectacular performances 
that required oxygen in between—Johnny is, as always, 
nothing but warm and gracious to every. single. fan. 
at the Sun Valley post-show meet-n-greet.
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.

More exclusive pics below, 
including his gorgeous Schindler’s List debut!

Friday, August 23, 2013


Johnny in one of his traditional warmup jackets 
emblazoned with the word “Russia.” 
As a well-known openly gay man whose marriage 
to Victor was front-page news in Russia, 
he is, in the eyes of Russian law, 
literally “homosexual propaganda.” 

Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.
Please click twice for beautiful full-size image.
Full series below.

Friday, August 9, 2013

"We Are Our Own Greatest Weapons"

The power of the human spirit 
will prevail against all odds.

Exclusive photo © David Ingogly. 
The final set in this series is posted below.

UPDATE: New video from CBS News:
An excellent interview, with bonus skating footage 
from the Ice House and interviews with 
his skating partners there. Johnny's powerful quote: 
“If it takes me getting arrested 
for people to pay attention, and for people to lobby 
against this law, then I’m willing to take it.” 
CBS video link.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Skaterpalooza II: Birthday Boogaloo

Irrepressible Johnny at rehearsal—
just exactly perfect for today.
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.

UPDATE: More media appearances by Johnny regarding the ongoing anti-LGBT crisis in Russia, which he termed a “tragedy” in his ABC News interview:

*Article and audio on BBC News

*Article and brief audio message to his Russian fans on Svoboda (article is in Russian)

Джонни Вейр обращается к российским поклонникам

Johnny says: “All my fans, I’m always with you. I wish you a lot of strength now, a lot of success and love. Tomorrow will be better than today.” Thank you to Tatiana Edrenkina for the translation!

Monday, July 22, 2013

"I Am Myself, Never Flinching"

“I will fight for my right to go to Russia. 
I will fight to perform there. I will fight to show 
the government how strong my community is. 
I will proudly go to Russia ... and hold my head high. 
Should I get arrested, I will be arrested with the pride 
that I am myself, never flinching, and I will be strong 
for the oppressed community of beautiful people 
who I can call brothers.” 

From Johnny’s powerful must-read for 
the Falls Church News-Press, in which he responds 
to all who have asked him about his love for Russia 
in the face of its government’s anti-LGBT crackdown. 

Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.
Please click twice for full-size image.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Monday, June 24, 2013

Here, Have Some Weibopalooza While We Wait...

Exclusive photo © Joveta Leo.

UPDATE 2: The US Supreme Court ruled  today, Wednesday, June 26, that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional! This means that the federal government must now recognize the marriages of those LGBT couples whose states recognize their marriages. In addition, the ruling now grants thousands of federal benefits to those couples that were previously denied them. 

The ruling also gives hope to married LGBT bi-national couples, who previously could not obtain green cards for foreign partners because the federal government did not recognize them as “spouses.”

The Court also ruled on California’s Proposition 8, which sought to overturn  marriage equality in that state. The Court dismissed the case, deciding that the proponents of Prop. 8 (those who wanted to ban marriage equality) had no standing to bring the case. This leaves the lower court ruling in place, which clears the way for LGBT couples to once again marry legally in California. 

More on these historic decisions here and here.

Love is love.

Friday, June 21, 2013

"Rolling Ball of Sparkle"

Johnny performs Born This Way in Shanghai. 
Exclusive photo © Joveta Leo
Definitely click twice for full-size image. 

Yes, at last, by ever-growing popular demand: today we present a transcript of the Johnny + Stéphane portion of the Shanghai press conference, with side commentary!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

"A Beautiful Swan on Ice"

Johnny at rehearsal in Beijing.
Photo posted to Weibo by Joveta Leo 
with a lovely and moving note. 
Please scroll to the end of today’s post 
to read her thoughts.

Monday, June 17, 2013

"Rose-Colored Memories of You..."

Johnny at the end of his final Artistry on Ice 
performance of Born This Way in Beijing last night.
 Exclusive photo © Joveta Leo
Please click twice for glorious full-size view 
to see the exquisite detailing on this costume.

The livestream of last night’s entire Beijing show 
is available for viewing here!! 
Don’t miss this. It’s absolutely amazing. 
Do be forewarned: It may take forever to load. 
But it’s sooo worth the wait. 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Weiborama Continues...

Johnny at the Guangzhou press conference. 
UPDATE: New Johnny + Stéphane pics from the 
Shanghai presser plus more Guangzhou pics below! 
Photo courtesy of the amazing Fannie Wang.

BREAKING: New video!! 

Wonderful Artistry on Ice promo piece 
about Johnny, just posted
Video link: YouTube
or HD version on Youku. 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Megamax Monday: The Weibocalypse Has Arrived

Johnny performs “Born This Way” 
at Artistry on Ice in Taipei.
Exclusive photo © Joveta E. Leo.

Words normally go here.

But who needs words when we have Weibo, the international gathering place of Johnny love that needs no words, where photos are posted faster than the human eye can perceive....

Friday, June 7, 2013

Postcards from Taipei

Johnny in Taipei on Thursday 
with more beautiful flowers! 
Photo via Johnny Pandas / JovetaELeo on Weibo. 
Please click twice for full-size image 
because it’s pleasingly huge.

So it’s a little challenging to try to stay current with what’s happening in Taipei, since it’s currently Friday morning here but it’s already Friday night there, so no matter what I do I’m basically lagging behind because the future is happening now and I’m still sipping the first coffee of the day (or the last coffee of the night, because my understanding of “day” and “night” is fairly fluid anyway, by which I mean constantly fueled by coffee-drenched fluids 24/7), but anyway here’s all the latest stuff I could find from what I could best identify as adorably meaningless constructs known as “Thursday” and “Friday,” although I’m pretty sure more Friday stuff is coming any second now but we’ll just save that for some other round of coffee... 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Taipei Travelogue, Or: Waiting for the Weibocalypse...

Johnny at the airport in Taipei 
with beautiful flowers from his fans! 
Photo via Johnny's Pandas / 
JovetaELeo on Weibo.

Kayso Johnny arrived safely in Taipei about 6 pm-ish New York time on Tuesday which for him was about 6 am-ish Wednesday morning in Taipei (confused about the time difference? Check the handy clock in the blog sidebar to see when Johnny is! It may not help, but the little ticking numbers are oddly mesmerizing...), where he was greeted by fans bearing flowers and gifts, as always, despite the bleary-eyed early hour, which is partly to blame for the fact that we only have a few photos of his arrival since because zzzzzzzzzzzzzz.... But here they are:

Tuesday, June 4, 2013


Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.
Please do click twice for full-size view. Gorgeous.

When we allow ourselves to exist 
truly and fully, 
we sting the world with our vision 
and challenge it 
with our own ways of being.
— Thomas Moore