Friday, November 25, 2011

All Hail the Winter Monarch!

Johnny, the "Winter Monarch"--
as he was described by NBC announcer Ann Curry--
of the 85th Anniversary Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. 
His appearance prompted a huge outpouring of Twitter love, 
including this response:

Yes. An idea whose time has come. 
Completely clad in sparkles and fur.

This was by far the sparkliest Thanksgiving Day I have ever had in my life, thanks in no small part to Czarina Johnny:

As the NewNowNext blog authors wrote in their parade review, in which they lauded Johnny as one of the stars who stole the show:

Johnny [Weir's] ten-second appearance clad in all white, waving from atop a rocking horse as some sort of King of Winter, was the most fabulous thing ever in most American living rooms all year. 

And so let's just roll around in a few of my fav pics from the fabulosity. 

Please be sure to click photos twice for glittery full-size view. For more incredible pics, see this Tumblr post.

The resplendent Czarina. 
OMG the shoes. 
Photo from CelebSpin
Thanks to Lauren Ashbaugh for spotting 
this watermark-free version!

The Monarch on his way 
to his magnificently appointed SparkleStallion. 
Newscom has a zillion more (watermarked) photos--
just click here and search for "Johnny Weir."

First look. 
Photo tweeted by Johnny with the caption: 
"Oh nothing...just a random Thursday."

Photo tweeted by Alicia S.

Photo via Wire Image.

Photo via Wire Image.

Almost immediately after his appearance 
on America's screens, The Advocate posted this photo 
as their Art Dept's Photo of the Day. Love it.

A few hours later, The Advocate posted "A Look at the Macy's Thanksgiving Gay Parade," in which they wrote:

We're not sure whether this is a first. But men in drag performed as part of this year's big Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which is usually at its most outrageous when the Rockettes kick up their heels in lurid unison. And that performance — from Broadway's Priscilla, Queen of the Desert — actually had a rival for the annual event's gayest moment.

Ice skating star (and a LOGO reality TV personality) Johnny Weir stirred up the crowd in front of Herald Square, arriving on an oversized rocking horse, confetti blowing in the air, while being announced to television viewers as a "winter monarch." ... Is this one of those small moments that illustrates mainstream culture's acceptance of the LGBT community?

I'd like to think so. And IMO there's no better ambassador to help further that acceptance than the Monarch / Czarina.

Interestingly, also immediately after his appearance on TV, there was so much Twitter love that this happened (thanks to Jen Bee for the screencap!):

Here's an accompanying explanatory tweet in case there's anyone left still clueless on the planet:

OK, yes, more photos:

Photo courtesy of SvetVin.

Photo via Wire Image.

Photo via Wire Image.

Photo via Wire Image.

Photo via Wire Image.

Photo courtesy of BNugs on Flickr.

I came across this story on Tumblr, and IDK if it happened around the time this photo was taken, but the poster writes: 

I was at the parade today, and no one around me knew who Johnny was. So, I called out his name and he looked toward me and waved. Then, I called back out to him--"Make sure you be good, Johnny Weir" (cheesy, I know) but, he then did the most fabulous leg kick I have ever seen, threw his head back, then threw glitter in the air. Needless to say, my love for him only grew.

Yes! We have video! First, from Wendy Stevenz..., from Jenn Kittler...

...and finally, from Elizabeth Lara
Thank you so much for sharing this, Elizabeth!! 
And when she sent me the link, she wrote, 
"I just noticed that the baby in the background 
said Johnny's name [at about 00:14]. :)" Love!

And, of course, our coverage would not be complete
without a gif from Weibo.

Bonus Feature: 
Kaleidoscope Unbound

Johnny winks at the camera 
at the end of his performance of Poker Face 
in Kaleidoscope.

Yes, at last, the super-secret-squirrel-skate-travaganza called "Kaleidoscope" (Code Name: Shhhhhhh-If-I-Tell-You-I'll-Have-To-Kill-You) aired yesterday on Fox after an interminable football game followed by an even more interminable (as if that were possible) (hello you're running overtime and spilling your interminableness all over my watching Johnny Marmalade perform skating as a new type of pole dancing pls STFU already) post-game show (Alice: "Why is there a boring post-game show to talk about the boring game everyone just watched / slept through? And if we have to have those, why don't we have them in skating?" Me: "That sounds like a question for our good Monarch..."). And yes, they cut most of the pole-skating-in-a-trenchcoat (argh), but at least they did retain both of his performances AND feature him extensively in the "coming up next!" segments, so yay! And WE HAVE VIDEO thanks once again to Wendy Stevenz!

Johnny Marmalade. 
I have to agree with Rachel Machinton
Love Patti LaBelle, but this needs 
more more more Johnny on camera.

And: What he says will be his last performance 
of Poker Face. Y_Y

Once again, our coverage concludes with a gif, 
this time from the fabulous Jenn Kittler, without whom
sometimes this blog would not even happen. 
Thank you, Jenn!

Yes please.

HEY!!! We did it!! 
Johnny is a finalist for 
"Must-Follow Athlete on Social Media" 
in the 5th Annual Mashable Awards!!

IT'S KIND OF A BIG DEAL. Mashable gets more than 50 million page views per month, and has been named by Time Magazine as one of the top 25 blogs on the Internet. 

He's up against some stiff competition from Yuna Kim and John Cena, among others, but hey--we're really good at voting! We can do this! 

He's also in some amazing company: As Megan Gusinski pointed out, finalists in other categories include The Trevor Project, NOH8, GLAAD, and Ellen Degeneres, so you might want to do some additional voting while you're on Mashable's site.

Voting ends on Friday, December 16, and the winners will be announced on Monday, December 19. Just click the graphic above or at the top righthand side of the blog to be taken directly to the voting page for Johnny. 

You can vote once per day per Twitter and Facebook account. Please VOTE VOTE VOTE!!!

West Coast fans! Come see Johnny perform 
at Union Square Ice Rink as part of Macy's Great Tree Lighting 
in San Francisco! From Macy's website
"Visit the MAC Cosmetics tent during the day 
for holiday beauty tips, and be sure to come back 
after Johnny Weir's performance 
to meet the Olympian in person."!!!!

Blog entry, "Portraits," now updated 
with true full-size images!! 
If you haven't had a chance to see
these gorgeous photos yet, please check them out.
Here's just one sample...
(click photo again after it loads for full size).

Their "Fever On Ice" program is up 
for a $50K grant from Pepsi Refresh!
They're now in second place 
in their category and tier--
but only first place wins. We can do this!

Johnny's Glitter and Ice collection 
with MAC is selling out fast! 
Don't miss your chance to sparkle--
visit a MAC retailer or order online ASAP! 

NEW!! The Sheraton Philadelphia University City 
is now the official Holiday Dreams On Ice hotel!! 
Book your rooms before December 9 
and receive a special HDOI-only discount! 
The Sheraton also will be hosting the VIP after-show party.
More info on the Holiday Dreams On Ice website!

"Like" HDOI on Facebook
and use promo code "philadelphia" 
for 50% off your general admission ticket!!

New Q and A! Go read it now!
(Note: Now updated every Monday and Thursday... 
more time to savor each one!)

Yes! Johnny's dresses are now available
for purchase only on!

At last: Pop Star On Ice is now available on DVD!
Order yours today from the Pop Star On Ice website!

Johnny tweeted:
"Buy my single,'Dirty Love' via iTunes.
Tell all your friends to as well. The more copies sold
takes me one step closer to making a video! №1!"
You know what to do.
Please buy the song from Johnny's website,
or just click the "Buy" button on the player
at the top of the blog!

Hey, Welcome to My World also is available
as an eBook! More info on Johnny's website!

copyright 2011 / Binky and the Misfit Mimes / Lynn V. Ingogly / all rights reserved


Princess Johnny-Love ♥ said...

OMG!! his bag!! on the horse!!


totally rolling around in these pics right now. love love LOVE!!

and the Poker Face wink . . . ♥ ♥ ♥

can we please just have an All-Johnny-All-The-Time Channel?

k, running back to watch all the vids you posted AGAIN! and drool over all the photos.



Princess Johnny-Love ♥ said...

p.s. the Advocate photo is now my desktop background! soooo awesome!

Nancy Knisley said...

It was a bright, sunny morning in New York, but I swear that the brightness level of my TV screen increased by magnitudes when Johnny finally arrived on 34th Street.

He was the best part of the parade--and I say that as a purely impartial observer.

Johnny just radiated joy, and even though there were no tight closeups--a terribly unfortunate oversight--I believe I could detect a twinkle in his eye.

Johnny looked beautiful and as though he were having the best time, and the rest of us were having the best time watching him, basking in the glow of his happiness. It's too bad that we weren't allowed to watch him longer.

Kudos, Macy's, for selecting Johnny Weir as your parade's Winter Monarch. I can't imagine a better choice.

germansoulmate said...

There are a some words to describe Johnny´s appearance at the Macy´s Thanksgiving Day Parade among these are:

Gorgeous, beautiful, amazing, awesome, laughter, happiness, cool...

I enjoyed yesterday´s twitterthon and my first Thanksgiving Day Parade ever (at least on screen) to the fullest.

Johnny you are a true Czarina.

One thing more: Kaleidoscope definitely hadn´t had enough Johnny in it. I loved the JohnnyMarmalade..but would have loved to see more Johnny awesomness..pole-dancing and otherwise.

Thanks for all these pictures, and thanks as always to our muse Johnny.

Peace said...

I taped three hours of the parade on CBS, who chose not to show Johnny, instead making it a three hour plea for people to go see a Broadway show. Really NYC, you shouldn't be so worried that nobody's coming over for Xmas! People love you!! Shame on you, CBS. Fortunately I can always count on the WeirMinions and their Fearless Purveyor of All Johnny Info, sightings, movements and films (that's you and everybody awesome who sifts the interwebs so you can gather it up in a purdy bouquet for us Binx).

I need all those smiley Monarch pics in a view master inside my eyeballs, STAT.

I am so uber thankful for this blog, in case I dint say that. :OD

aaaack said...

Nothing can be finer than Johnny on a white horse. With glitter by his fingers and glitter on his toes, he shall make fans wherever he goes.

Thank you, Binky and Johnny, for adding more glitter to this sparkly holiday season.

Pinky said...

Thank u so much for this blog!
The pics are so joyful and beautiful!
I got soooo excited when I saw fabulous Johnny on that fabulous rocking horse!
Both are incredibly amazing!
So cute, adorable and pretty!
I love them so much :D
I can't stop flailing all day, reading all those tweets about how fabulous/fierce/adorable/happy Johnny was on the horse!
And of course I got thrilled to see Johnny trending on TOP worldwide - so amazing!
I'm happy most tweets are loving him :)
I'm sooooooo happy seeing Johnny happily waving/posing in the pics and vids! OMG he's just too lovely I so want to hug/kiss him ♥
Thank you again for this wonderful blog where I find so much joy and love for Johnny :)

PumaJ said...

Thank you, once again Binx, for your awesomeness as the best blogger of all that is Johnny Weir❣

As for my favorite & fabulous "younger femme sister", Johnny, he will always & forever be my "Nureyev on ice".

Princess Johnny-Love ♥ said...

i'm back! needed to see everything all over again!

that small voice in the vid crying out, "Johnny!" is the most beautiful thing in the world.

wishing and hoping that gets passed along to Johnny somehow . ..


Atomic Wife said...


I also detest these skating shows with live singers which cut to the singers while the skaters skate. Seriously, I find it to be torture and prefer not to even watch at all or I risk throwing something at my TV and smashing it to bits.

WheresMyKoppy said...

Great blog! So many wonderful photos and videos! It's hard to stop looking at them, isn't it??!!