Weir relents; will go from fox fur to faux
Johnny Weir told Icenetwork.com that after animal-rights activists threatened to "disrupt" his free skate at the Vancouver Olympics, he decided to remove the real fox fur from his long program costume and replace it with white faux fur instead.
Weir, who has been the object of scorn from Friends of Animals and other animal-rights groups because he has admitted owning more than a dozen furs, claimed in a statement he and his costume designer had been threatened and harassed.
"I would like to announce that due to pressures and threats from a certain animal rights group I will be changing the genuine fox fur on my free program costume that I will use in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, B.C., to white faux fur," said Weir.
"I made this decision after several threats were sent to me about disrupting my performance in the Olympic Games and my costume designer, Stephanie Handler, was repeatedly sent messages of hate and disgust. 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."
January 29, 2010; 9:47 AM ET
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