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!

OK, well, this blog would have been posted much earlier except that I got bogged down in some hilarious Johnny goodness that caused me to basically allow my armload of pics and vids to slide forgotten to the floor while I enjoyed, in open-mouthed wonder, a clip that is an absolutely perfect antidote to all the taking-ourselves-very-very-seriously-activist-bullsh*t that’s been stuck to the bottom of our shoes lately.

DO NOT CHEAT and scroll to the bottom of this post to see this delightful diversion. DO NOT.

As far as the recent headlines, please simply read Johnny’s latest column in the Falls Church News-Press, in which he expresses his heartfelt anguish over an incident earlier this week. The only other item that’s relevant to all the self-important blustering going on in the LGBT blogosphere right now is this update from NBC late yesterday afternoon:

NBC just released a statement in response to Johnny Weir’s comments this morning that he feels “remorse” for insulting protesters during an appearance Monday at Barnard College. “We’re supportive of Johnny’s apology for his choice of words last night in an emotional setting. As we’ve previously stated, NBC will cover all newsworthy issues as they are relevant to the Games, including the LGBT law,” NBC said.

OK, done with that.

But before we get to the glorious Poker Face pics and vids, I want to share a brief note from a young fan that was posted to Johnny’s Facebook page about two weeks ago.

When there’s so much hate being flung about by grownups who really ought to know better—grownups who claim their life’s work is to seek acceptance from the larger community based on tolerance, appreciation of diversity, and love, but who have none of that to offer one of their own, though they’re only too happy to attach themselves to his name at every opportunity, in desperate, vain, self-serving hopes of catching just a tiny coattail ride on the worldwide fame that he has earned simply by being who he is and doing what he does—sometimes a child’s voice is exactly what we need to hear to slice through the idiocy and remind us that love, not hate, is always the answer.

From Blanca Oliviery, mother of Olivia, a young skater:

My 8 year old LOVES you. Hope she can meet you someday soon. We are in NYC so we might make a trip to Ice House and leave it all to chance. Here is her homework from yesterday. Thought you might appreciate it. :)

In case the photo is hard to read:

November 20, 2013

If you could have lunch with a famous person who would it be? What would you talk about.

If I could have lunch with a famous person it would be Johnny Weir. Johnny Weir is a two-time Olympian. We would talk about axels and all kinds of funny tricks. We would also talk about our lives and what our favorite things are like what our favorite color is what our favorite food is. I would be so happy and excited to meet Johnny Weir.

Dearest Johnny, please never, ever forget what a beautiful, kind, gentle, loving, and tremendously positive role model you are for people of all ages, genders, and orientations—but especially for children, who see so clearly with their hearts and forgive so easily the imperfections that make us all human.

And dearest Olivia, thank you for such a sweet reminder of what matters. I hope you get to have that lunch with Johnny someday.

And I think all the people at Bryant Park last night know exactly how you feel.

Photo tweeted by Johnny: 
“Poker Face on. Ready to rock @BryantParkNYC! 
Thank you @adammaclay for my expert chin straps!”

The tree is lit! Now for some skating!
Photo © Jill Sakowitz.

Johnny waiting to be introduced.
Photo © Jill Sakowitz.

Photo © Jill Sakowitz.

Photo posted to Instagram by People Magazine!
“Johnny Weir draws a crowd! 
#WinterVillage at Bryant Park’s 
Tree Lighting Show #NYC”

Exclusive photo © L. Reina
(my Twitter friend and outstanding artist @lipuff! 
This was her very first time to see Johnny skate live!).

Exclusive photo © L. Reina.

Exclusive photo © L. Reina.

Exclusive photo © L. Reina.

Exclusive photo © L. Reina.

Exclusive photo © L. Reina.

Photo © Jill Sakowitz.

Aaaaand all too soon it’s over!
Photo © Jill Sakowitz.

Photo tweeted by @KatrinaMusic: 
“Tonight was special. @JohnnyGWeir fun fierce 
& fabulous. A true performer.”

Photo tweeted by @LiloOC: 
“One of my biggest dreams!!! 
Meeting @johnnygweir! #bryantpark”

Photo tweeted by @LiloOC: 
“You really can’t put a price on these babies now 
#figureskating #johnnyweir”

Photo posted to Facebook by the Haydenettes, 
who also performed at the event: 
“The Haydenettes and Johnny Weir at the Bryant Park 
Christmas Tree Lighting in New York City!”

Yes, we have multiple videos in HD!! First, from the fabulous Jenn Kittler, without whom this blog often would not even drag itself out of bed in the morning. Jenn was standing next to Jill, our photographer above, so there are some great closeups in this one. Plus Jenn captured the full intro of Johnny at the beginning, which I love. Video link.

Here’s a transcript of the announcers, 106.7 Lite FM’s Bob Bronson and Helen Little:

Bob: All right, what’s next, Helen?

Helen: Oh my goodness, a great treat! Someone who never fails to electrify an audience, and one of my favorite skaters. This three-time national champion, World medalist, and two-time Olympian is one of the superstars of figure skating, with fans all over the world that love his elegant yet edgy style, both on and off the ice.

Bob: Where’s Johnny? Where’s Johnny Weir? [Johnny waves from center ice]

Helen: There he is!

Bob: There’s Johnny Weir!

Helen: Performing original choreography to Lady Gaga’s Poker Face, welcome to the ice MR. JOHNNY. WEIR.!

(I understand this level of excitement.)

Note: At the end of his performance, there’s this little exchange among Johnny and the announcers:

Bob: The amazing JOHNNYYYYYYYYYYY WEEEEEEEEEIR! Right here! [Johnny shimmies] That’s where! Helen, you want to say hi to Johnny? [Johnny waves] Amazing. I always wanted to do that. Maybe I could have Johnny give me a private lesson later? [Johnny gives Bob a thumbs-up]

Helen: NO. [Her tone suggests that either (a) no one wants to see Bob out on the ice, or (b) if anyone’s getting a private lesson from Johnny, it’s going to be Helen, not Bob.]

Bob: [sheepishly] Uh, no? OK, fine...

Next, exclusive and awesome cellphone vid 
from our photographer L. Reina!
Video link.

And another view from Anastasia Pryanikova
who was there along with her daughter Lexi 
(see video of Johnny and Lexi in Sun Valley here!).
Video link.

And a partial recording but nicely close up, 
posted late last night by blogger Audrey Allure 
in a thoughtful nod to those of us who stay up 
waaaaaaaaaay past our bedtimes 
hoping someone will do just that. 
Thank you, Audrey!
Video link.

UPDATE!! One more, and it’s really excellent!
Not sure why it’s in Italian, but 
Johnny love translates into every language. 
Video link.

Bonus clip: Johnny rehearsing at Bryant Park! 
Tweeted by @UrfollowinPanda: “New York - 337/365 - 
Johnny Weir @bryantpark ‘you’re so weird!!!!!’
#funny #iceskating #weird” 
(Because that’s what he says to them at the end, 
after they yell, “We love you Johnny!” 
And then they giggle.)
Video link.

Very special thanks to 
Jill Sakowitz, Jenn Kittler, L. Reina, 
and Anastasia Pryanikova
for sharing your pics and vids!

So there was some confusion over this, 
as Nickelodeon tweeted that he was guest-starring 
along with Hilary Duff, but his portion is not actually 
in the episode itself. But you can watch his spot 
over and over again here, here, or here!

On Johnny’s website, 
linked to his retirement statement
Thank YOU, Johnny!

All four segments of Shigesato Itoi’s 
wonderful interview with Johnny are up:
Part One – Marriage 
Part Two – Balance
Part Three – Olympics
Part Four – Life
Plus a special message from Johnny 

about his retirement from competitive skating
is included at the end of Part Four.
Please go read it all now!

Also on the blog:
“Some Happy for Thanksgiving”
Gorgeous pics of Johnny 
with very happy fans in Sun Valley!
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.
Please click twice for larger image.

“Random Funday Roundup”
Links to Johnny’s TEB commentary 
for the mens’ and ladies’ events! 
Plus: A whole lot of Johnny heading our way, 
and exclusive new pics from the vault!
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.
Please click twice for larger image.

“...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...” 
A poignantly uplifting story, now updated 
with a special postscript.

All of Him Is My Treasure.”
Fans react to Johnny’s graceful exit 
from competitive skating.
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.
Please click twice for larger image.

“Practice Is Perfect”
25+ exclusive photos of Johnny’s 
Sun Valley rehearsal.
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.

“Dear Johnny...”
Selected black-and-white photos of Johnny’s 
hauntingly beautiful Schindler’s List debut.
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.

“Something Beautiful Today.”
Johnny at rehearsal in Sun Valley — Part 1 
(much more to come!)
Exclusive pics plus practice video featuring 
his gorgeous triple axel.
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.

“Sun Valley Sneak Peek: 
‘A Rare Human So Breathtaking....’ ”
Johnny debuts his Schindler’s List program 
in this stunning simple white costume. 
Exclusive pics and HD video.
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.

Photo essay of 40+ starkly beautiful 
black-and-white pics featuring Johnny at rehearsal 
as young skaters watch, spellbound.
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.

Quiet photo essay of exclusive black-and-white pics 
paired with Johnny’s quotes from his 
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.

Johnny’s latest column for the 
Falls Church News-Press.
His columns are published every Thursday 
in the “National Commentary“ 
section—don’t miss a single one! 

A number of Johnny’s auction items 
have been relistedwhich means if you missed out 
the first time around, you’re in luck: 
It’s not too late to own a piece of Weir Gear! 
Go check it out and see what treasures 
you could take home!

Please alert absolutely everyone you’ve ever met 
to “like” and follow the new 
on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr
Because he should be on all the things. 
With or without ice. 
But definitely with Viacheslav.

Please click to vote for Johnny 
once a day as “Best Sportsman”
Because he retweeted Luisa Lotka  to tell us he wants us to! 

Need to see Seasons 1 and 2 all over again? 
Watch episodes online anytime on Logo!
Please be sure to check in with GetGlue a
nytime you’re watching the show... 
or thinking about watching the show.... 
or wishing you were watching the show....

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 2013 / Binky and the Misfit Mimes / Lynn V. Ingogly / all rights reserved


Maggie Strasser said...

Yes, big glittery, fanTAStic Thank You's again to Jill Sakowitz, Jenn Kittler, L. Reina, & Anastasia Pryanikova; Lynne/Binky,and last, but never ever least, Johnny G. Weir himself!!

Rarely a week goes by that I don't have to remember Johnny's wisdom when he said "It's not a matter of how I fall. It's a matter of how I pick myself back up".

So many people right now are doing their darnedest to knock him down, but Johnny keeps picking himself up and keeps moving forward. May he always find his strength to keep fighting for what is right & for what should be right.

He has my undying support, gratitude, and love.

I also hope Olivia meets Johnny one day!

aaaack said...

Thank you, Johnny, for adding glitter to the holiday season. Johnny skated like a dancing snowflake and is as unique.

By the way, Breyer's has been bought up. and the formula for some of their ice creams have been changing for the worse. Please read the label before you decide to purchase Breyer's again. I was so disappointed when I last read some of their labels that I left without purchasing.