WATCH: Johnny Weir Discuss Sochi Olympics with Olbermann

9.13.2013

By Out.com Editors

Has the Olympic figure skater overstepped?

Earlier this week Weir discussed the Sochi Olympics with Olbermann, who has taken it as a personal mission to educate the ESPN2 watchers about the treatment of LGBT people after the Putin anti-homosexual propaganda laws.

The strangest thing wasn't that Weir stated his anti-boycott stance. He's been quite clear about that—even stating that he'd risk being arrested for the chance to compete in what will most likely be his last Winter Olympics. But he also wore a Russian uniform, seeking to be a coy provocateur. Is it just more playful Weir or worse? As Michael Lucas states in an op/ed:

Now imagine, please, that Weir was a Jewish athlete being interviewed about whether the United States should participate in Hitler’s 1936 Olympics in Munich. Imagine that—because he considers himself “first and foremost an Olympian"—he was arguing that we should attend. Fine, he has a right to his opinion. But now imagine that, while arguing that we should participate in Hitler’s Olympics, he wore an armband with a swastika on it.

Watch the full clip below and tell us what you think:

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