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Many felt Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir was robbed of a medal for his memorable routine last week. But, it wasn't his sixth place finish that has the controversial star fired up. On Wednesday, Weir, 25, responded to broadcasters Claude Mailhot and Alain Goldberg of RDS, a French-language sports channel in Quebec, who openly mocked him on the air during his performance.
During the broadcast Mailhot asked viewers, "This may not be politically correct, but do you think he lost points due to his costume and his body language?" Goldberg, meanwhile, said "It sets a bad example" and that Weir's influence would hurt future generations, "They'll think all the boys who skate will end up like him."
According to People, "The pair joked that Weir should take a gender test like female South African runner Caster Semenya was forced to undergo after stirring up speculation that she was really a man. Mailhot suggested Weir should compete against women."
Weir told reporters, "It wasn't these two men criticizing my skating, it was them criticizing me as a person, and that was something that really, frankly, pissed me off," adding, "Nobody knows me…I think masculinity is what you believe it to be."
He went on to say at the press conference: "I'm not somebody to cry about something or to be weak about something...I felt very defiant when I saw these comments."
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