Johnny Weir, American figure skater, is known for his fur-loving ways, but the current commentator for the Winter Olympics in Sochi has had to forgo some of his styles at the request of NBC. Weir is allowed to rock whatever fashion choices move him with one exception: no fur.
Weir said, “We’ve been having conversations since the fall about how I was going to appear in Sochi. They said go for it, do whatever you want, just on our air, no fur. And that’s something I can understand. I don’t think it’s really appropriate.”
This is a refreshing development considering in a past interview, Weir told Stylelist, “I’m a firm believer in real fur. I don’t believe in fake fur. Despite having death threats and people wanting me to be hurt because I wear fur, that makes me more aggressive in my choice to wear fur. It’s my choice. And I feel like everyone is entitled to that. This is America, after all.”
We are glad the figure skater has respected NBC’s wishes to abstain from fur-wearing on air, but we hope this revelation carries over into his every day life and he starts respecting animals as well as major television networks. No people or animals should have to suffer for fashion. Rock your faux fur, but please leave the real fur where it belongs; on the living animals.
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