29 January 2010

Johnny Weir switching to faux fur for the 2010 Winter Olympics

(photo credit: flickr.com/photos/danrhett)

Recently Johnny Weir became the target of Friends of Animals who called the ice skater out for wearing a costume lined with fox fur at the United States Figure Skating Championship. Due to an enormous amount of pressure, Johnny Weir has decided to switch from fox fur to faux fur.

"I would like to announce that due to pressures and threats from a certain animal rights group I will be changing the genuine fox fur on my free program costume that I will use in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, B.C., to white faux fur," said Weir in a statement to icenetwork.com.

Weir made it clear that his decision should not be seen as a victory for animal activists rather he is hoping to protect his integrity and prevent disruption at the Olympics. He also acknowledges his familiarity with the methods used in the fur industry.

Johnny Weir’s full statement can be read at icenetwork.com.

UPDATE 2/14: Johnny Weir claims ‘crazy fur people’ threats keep him in Olympic village 

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