Johnny Weir skates the free program during the US Figure Skating Championships at Spokane Arena on January 17, 2010 in Spokane, Washington. (Getty Images)more pics » Weir is an Olympic hopeful.
upset quite a few animal rights activists when he chose to wear a skating costume lined with fox fur on January 17. Weir initially shrugged off the complaints, noting that he prefered to focus on humans' rights rather than those of animals, but he has since decided to change his policy toward fur: faux only from here on out.
Weir told IceNetwork.com,
"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."
"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."
Weir also noted that he made his decision to protect the integrity of both himself and the Olympic games, as he does not want his costumes to cause any sort of public disruption.
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