Like me (see last post), figure skater Johnny Weir, who’s headed to the Winter Olympics next week, has recently had to grapple with the ethics of wearing fur.
Last week he agreed to replace a fox fur complement on his skating costume with faux fur, in what he called a “a draw” in his standoff against Friends of Animals after, wait for it…President Priscilla Feral wrote a letter to Weir that he called scary and threatening, setting off quite the tiff.
Weir made the change, but said in a statement first published by icenetwork, “I do not want something as silly as my costume disrupting my second Olympic experience and my chance at a medal, a dream I have had since I was a kid.”
Check him out in Rodarte’s custom-knitted costume in this Sunday’s New York Times Magazine. Amazing. I’m actually going ice skating tonight, and while I haven’t quite worked out what to wear, you can bet I’m going to have Mr. Weir in mind for inspiration.