Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Super Hero

Johnny and his amazingly glamtastic look 
for Super Bowl XLIX. 
Photo via Getty. Please click to see all that 
Swarovski in gorgeous full-size glory.

Media roundup below! 
Plus: Exclusive pics from Japan!

UPDATED!! Scroll down for 
new exclusive video from game day!!

NEW!! Please vote for Johnny! 
He’s been named to OUT Magazine’s 
2015 list of 100 Most Eligible Bachelors! 
(scroll down the voting page to find him in the 7th row). 
Or, from his OUT profile, click “VOTE HERE” to go 
to the voting page. You can vote for him once a day 
from each device / browser you have. 
Winners will be announced next month! 
Sharable link:

Euros will air this 
Saturday, February 7!
Catch all the action on NBC with 
Johnny, Tara, and Uncle Terry Gannon!

NEW!! Now available on demand 
from EPIX and NETFLIX!! 
Johnny stars in To Russia With Love
a documentary about LGBT athletes, 
portions of which were filmed in secret during his time 
in Sochi as an NBC figure skating commentator. 
He also is an executive producer for the film, 
a project of Robert Redford’s Sundance Productions.
Watch the trailer here!
More info on the GLAAD nomination here.

Want to wish Johnny a happy 2015?
By popular demand, per Johnny’s official Facebook page,
you can write to Johnny at his new fan mail address:
Johnny Weir Fan Mail, P.O. Box 32326, 
Chicago, IL 60632. Yay!!

Sold-out shows night after night! 
After a triumphant debut in Moscow, 
Evgeni Plushenko’s “enchanting fairy tale 
on ice for the whole family” has now completed the
second leg of the tour in St. Petersburg,
with hopefully more dates to come! 
The show is based on an adaptation of 
Hans Christian Andersen’s story, The Snow Queen, 
with Johnny playing the role of Kai. 
More coverage here and here!

Amazing new teaser clip!
Video link.

Oh hai!

I would have been here much earlier except that while I was watching Johnny SLAY ALL THE THINGS during Super Bowl weekend, his alter ego Loki apparently crept into Jotunheim Chicago and dumped a truly astonishing 22 inches of snow. Which then drifted to create a 4-foot-high wall of snow between me and my garage, which I waded through anyway in fierce determination to get to my car only to discover another snow wall between the garage door and the alley that abruptly shattered the light and heartwarming fantasy of actually driving somewhere to get stuff that I had been entertaining in my head. So instead we decided we’d try walking somewhere, but then discovered we could hardly push the front door open at all, and even when we finally did manage to create a sliver of space to squeeze through, we couldn’t find the front porch steps leading down into the yard anyway. Because SNOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW.

We considered sledding down the steps, but the sled’s in the garage.

So we sort of just fell down the steps through the snow and arrived in a heap at the front gate, which also required a Herculean effort to push open, and then we finally made it to what used to be a sidewalk but is now sort of a whimsical, avant-garde snow sculpture that snakes all through the neighborhood, created by a zillion people all falling in the snow trying to get to the bus and/or a local store—which we did accomplish, miraculously and with an undertone of quiet desperation because there was zero Coke Zero left in this house—and a thousand hours of shoveling later, we also have a path to the garage and the still-useless car, because even if we tried to shovel out a path for the car into the alley, the alley hasn’t been plowed anyway and also: THERE IS NOWHERE TO PUT THE SHOVELED SNOW. Except for the alley.

Also it snowed again yesterday while we were shoveling.

Also it’s snowing right now.

So, having finished battling the elements for the moment and entombed as I am until perhaps May, I can at last turn my thoughts wistfully to Phoenix, where there was no snow at all but a whole lot of sparkle over the weekend thanks to one Johnny G. Weir and his glitterrific take on the Super Bowl.

Our recap starts with the Johnny media whirlwind. Here are all his various Super Bowl segments leading up to the big game:

The weekend media blitz begins with Access Hollywood Live!
Video link.

Then on to The Soup!
Video (Johnny-only segments) link.

Cris Collinsworth’s Super Bowl Special. 
Johnny & Tara’s segment had previously been released 
on Friday by NBC, but was definitely worth 
watching again. And again.
Video link.

And Super Bowl Zone. At last, the promised footage 
of Johnny & Tara in Rawhide Western Town!
Video link.

And then it was Sunday.

Our first glimpse of his look came from his Instagram:

Via Johnny: “Look of the Day: 
Hat and Blacks @kerinrosegold @amorireyewear, 
Pads @marlongobel, Turtle @andrelanderosmichel, 
Tights @Rufskin, Sneaks @giuseppezanottiworld. 
Styled with @whathewears”

Soon after, he and Tara made their first appearance on the pregame broadcast and were screencapped by NBC:

And as social media exploded, major media rushed to report. Here are just a few of my fav articles (more coverage on Johnny’s website):

Washington Post: Johnny Weir Wears Spectacular Football Fascinator to Super Bowl Pregame Show With Tara Lipinski 
When you’ve got a lengthy pregame show to fill, you need all the help you can get and NBC chose very, very wisely with two of its commentators.

Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski may know more about fashion and skating than football, but, really, who cares when Johnny shows up in a purple sequined fascinator shaped like a football.

USA Today/For The Win: Johnny Weir’s Super Bowl Outfit Is Beyond Amazing

Business Insider: Johnny Weir’s Super Bowl Outfit Is Incredible

Zap2It: Johnny Weir’s Spectacular Super Bowl XLIX Outfit Comes With a Football Fascinator

Huffington Post: Johnny Weir’s Outfit Already Won The Super Bowl 
These days, there are few better reasons to tune in to a major event (like the Olympics or the Oscars, for example) than to catch a glimpse of Johnny Weir in one of his many colorful outfits. During Sunday’s Super Bowl pregame show, the figure-skater-turned-commentator did not disappoint.

After the first articles hit, the brilliant creator of his hat stepped in to clarify exactly what he was wearing on his head: an actual football.

Via Kerin: “How do you Super Bowl? A close up of 
our #amorirprojects by @kerinrosegold for Johnny Weir 
(@johnnygweir) - a REAL football hand strassed 
with @official_Swarovski crystals!”

And the designer behind the vest showed us the back view:

Via @marlongobel: “So I guess our crystal Armor 
on @johnnygweir won #sb49 and #broketheinternet! 
Congrats @whathewears!”

Within minutes, and throughout the day, Johnny was a trending topic on Twitter in:

... Boston ...

... Seattle ...

... and across the entire US.

And yes, of course the haters freaked. A LOT.

But they were overwhelmingly drowned out by a Twitter tsunami of delighted viewers who loved him. A small sample from among thousands of tweets:

Actress Melissa Joan Hart is a fan!

From YouTube star Jenna Mourey/Marbles 
to her 3.69 million followers.
(Yes, “fleek” is a good thing.)

Johnny’s stylist, Ryan Davis, made a statement in gif form.

He actually had not nearly enough screen time within the endless six-hour block of pregame. Here’s one of his segments. More pregame vids coming!

Johnny & Tara inteview Cari Hoomanawanui, 
wife of New England Patriot Michael Hoomanawanui.
Video link.

Full video of all Johnny’s pregame segments!
Video link.

(Yes, he was on camera less than 10 minutes in six hours. 
That’s what all the homophobes’ fuss was about. So ridiculous. 
But also so wonderful to see all the tremendously positive 
reaction drowning out the ignorance.)

And finally: Kathy Griffin, who tweeted her support 
for Johnny on Sunday, also covered his outfit
 on Fashion Police Monday night.
Video link.

Super Picspam!
All photos via Getty Images and Film Magic.

And one more, from Johnny: 
“Via @nfl! Loving the Super Bowl experience.
@taralipinski @taraandjohnny”

Oh BTW: Super Bowl XLIX pulled in HUGE ratings 
to become not just the most watched Super Bowl ever, but

And also: from Bob Raissman, sports writer for the NY Daily News:

Let me say this: The NBC suit who decided to bring 
figure skating stars Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski on to 
the Supe pregame show should be given a promotion and a raise. 
They not only added a touch of class to the proceedings, 
featuring the usual assortment of football Gasbags, 
but were clearly an inspiration.

Bonus Fun:
Johnny on Japanese TV!

Also during Super Bowl weekend, Japan’s TBS aired this piece filmed for “Taiiku-Kai-TV” while Johnny was in Japan for Medal Winners Open in January. In the episode, Johnny is reunited with Japanese skater Miyu, for whom he designed the beautiful costume she wears in the skating pics below.

Please, please watch every bit of this video if you haven’t already (or even if you have!). This is one of the most wonderful Johnny things I have ever seen. Even though I understand only about three words of Japanese, it doesn’t matter. He’s smiling almost nonstop through this whole video, and often laughing helplessly. And my wish was granted: we get to see Johnny skating in Hello Kitty leggings with a Hello Kitty barrette in his hair. It is just the best. 

Johnny on Japan’s TBS! 
Additional photos from this project are here
and additional video here.
Video link.


All photos are exclusives from Junko Mi unless otherwise noted. 
Thank you so much, Junko!

Via Taiiku-Kai-TV’s Facebook page.

Via Taiiku-Kai-TV’s Facebook page.

Via Junko.

Via Junko.

Via Junko.

Via Junko.

Via Junko.

Via Junko.

Via Junko.

Via Junko.

Random Bonus Johnny & Tara Stuff

Be sure to click the gif to enjoy NPH’s bitter distress.

New Inside Edge spot shown during the US Nats Gala broadcast!
I really love this one.
Video link.

My fav Instagram vids from the past week via @TaraandJohnny (besides this, of course):

Terry Gannon rocks.

Very special thanks to amazing video ninjas 
Jenn Kittler and Elena Vasileva for all their hard work!

ICYMI: “Super!
Enjoy all the previous coverage 
of Johnny & Tara during Super Bowl Week! 

Be Happy.”
Gorgeous screencaps of Johnny’s 
exquisite performance at Medal Winners Open, 
plus exclusive video and bonus Japan pics. 

Exclusive pics of Johnny’s arrival in Japan 
to compete in the Medal Winners Open, 
plus results and wonderful reactions
to his exquisite performance. 

Exclusive photo © Nanako Ugajin.

The Snow King hits the second leg of the tour 
and performs sold-out shows for more than 
60,000 people! Enjoy 50+ exclusive pics 
in Part 1 of our coverage.

Exclusive photo © Elena Vasileva.

Special year-end post to ring out 2014 
with 70+ spectacular exclusive photos of one 
of my fav Johnny events of the year!

Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.

Johnny visits Albany, NY, to greet fans and 
skate with them! Exclusive picspam covers 
every moment of his visit.

Exclusive photo © Sinikka Grant.

The final set of exclusive photos and videos 
from the Moscow leg of the Snow King tour. 
Next up: St. Petersburg in January!

Exclusive photo © Joveta Leo.

Endless exclusive photos plus an 
amazing Snow King video compilation 
of all Johnny’s skating from the show!

Exclusive photo © Elena Vasileva.

Extensive coverage of the public premiere 
in Moscow with exclusive photos 
plus multiple video clips!

Exclusive photo © Elena Vasileva.

First glimpses of The Snow King preview
 performance plus endless adorable pics/vids 
of Johnny teaching young skating students 
in Plushenko’s master class!

Exclusive photo © Joveta Leo.

My Dream Continues.”
The final set of beautiful Bollywood picspam
 plus translation of a wonderful 
Johnny interview from Japan.

Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.

42 Seconds.”
Stunning new exclusive photos of Johnny’s “Human”
performance at An Evening With Champions.
Absolutely breathtaking.

Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.

The first series of exclusive photos from 
An Evening With Champions, featuring 
Johnny’s debut of the spectacular dragon costume 
given to him by his Chinese fans.

Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.

Bold Beauty: Bollywood Revisited.”
A stunning new look at Johnny’s 
Nagada Sang Dhol program 
in a series of 35+ exclusive photos, 
plus exclusive video.

Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.

To Stand in a Ray of Sunlight.”
Gorgeous sun-drenched photos 
of Johnny at rehearsal in Sun Valley, 
plus exclusive video of his practice.

Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.

The US debut of Johnny’s stunning 
and hauntingly beautiful new program.
Selected exclusive photos, 
plus exclusive HD video.

Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.

For more exclusive Johnny photos, please visit 
the official website of my fav photographer, David Ingogly!
New never-before-seen rehearsal pics have just 
been added to the site, with more to come. 
Check back often for new uploads!

A fascinating Q&A with Johnny
don’t miss it!

ICYMI: Full video of Johnny’s  
Johnny’s segment begins at about 30:51.

Johnny and Tara’s brilliant commentary 
segment from Late Night With Seth Meyers!
Video link.
Watch their interview with Seth here.

Johnny and Dora!!
Watch his spot over and over again 
here, here, or here!

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

Also on the blog:
“Rise Like a Phoenix”
An exquisite black-and-white series 
of Johnny at rehearsal. 
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.
Please click twice for larger image.

Johnny’s latest column for the 
Falls Church News-Press.
His columns are published on Thursdays 
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! 

Watch bonus clips online anytime on Logo!
Please be sure to check in with GetGlue
anytime 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 2015 / Binky and the Misfit Mimes / Lynn V. Ingogly / all rights reserved


Tereza Veux said...

I just want to quickly thank you for this blog, it's amazing! Even though I rarely ever leave a comment, I just want to thank you so much for your job, I'm checking this page every day (sometimes multiple times) and it's my favorite place on internet, where I can lose myself for a couple of hours easy ^_^ I love you and I love Johnny!
Thanks <3
P.S.: sorry for my english >:o

Tereza Veux said...

I just want to quickly thank you for this blog, it's amazing! Even though I rarely ever leave a comment, I just want to thank you so much for you job, I'm checking this page every day (sometimes multiple times) and it's my favorite place on internet, where I can lose myself for a couple of hours easy ^_^ I love you and I love Johnny!
Thanks <3
Sorry for my english though >:o

Binky and the Misfit Mimes said...

Thank you so much, Tereza!! You totally made my whole day. ♥