• Tue, Mar 1 2011

Johnny Weir On Why He’s A ‘Firm Believer’ In Wearing Fur

Figure skater Johnny Weir made fashion inroads this past NYFW by designing pieces for Adrienne Landau’s Fall 2011 show. But wherever the controversial skater goes, anti-fur protestors seem to follow. Their extreme tactics–including but not limited to sending the skater death threats–have only cemented Johnny’s believe in his right to wear pelt. Weir told StyleList:

“I’m a firm believer in real fur. I don’t believe in fake fur.  Despite having death threats and people wanting me to be hurt because I wear fur, that makes me more aggressive in my choice to wear fur. It’s my choice. And I feel like everyone is entitled to that. This is America, after all.”

What do you think? Do the often extreme tactics of animal rights activists ever made you feel more entitled to wear fur or eat meat?

(via StyleList)

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  • Odbery

    The best way to unwind after a debate with a nasty vegan is with a juicy, rare steak.

    • woo

      What about a debate with a nice vegan?

    • lachef

      SHAME on your parents. EPIC fail. Very sad…useless sad human animal…..

  • Sara

    Every time I see a peta ad, all I want to do is wrap myself in real fur and stuff myself with the meat of endangered animals. I don’t wear fur, but Peta’s self righteous campaigns and other animal right extremists just bug me. If people want to wear fur, that’s their choice.

    • lachef

      AND SO IS OWNING SLAVES?

    • lachef

      “There is
      no religion without love,

      and people may talk as much as

      they like about their religion, but

      if it does not teach them to be good

      and kind to man and beast,

      it is all a sham.”

      ― Anna
      Sewell

  • porkchop

    The worst thing about veganism is that feeling of righteous rebellion it inspires in totally normal people, eating burgers and wearing leather, even though there is virtually no pressure to avoid those things, and vegans are generally viewed and fringe kooks.

    • lachef

      Right. LIke Einstein–

      “Our task must be to free ourselves… by
      widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole
      of nature and its beauty.”

      – Albert Einstein

    • lachef

      “There is
      no religion without love,

      and people may talk as much as

      they like about their religion, but

      if it does not teach them to be good

      and kind to man and beast,

      it is all a sham.”

      ― Anna
      Sewell

  • Cotton

    I think fur is ugly and unnecessary where I live so they don’t really bother me (animal rights groups). If it’s America I guess everyone can make their own choice.

    I’ve hunted quail and deer and I have to admit it’s not fun watching them die. In fact I can understand the mentality of people who are into animal rights because it sucks when the deer bleed to death or when the quail flop around before dying.

    It seems kind of immature to base clothing and dining decisions on whether or not they will piss off another group of people.

  • Laura

    I’m a vegetarian and I couldn’t care less about Johnny Weir wearing fur. I don’t chastise my father for eating a cheeseburger and I won’t chastise anyone for wearing fur or leather. It’s a personal choice.

    I hate PETA. At its core the organization has good values, but their tactics in sharing them are poorly considered and awful. Giving out ‘murder meals’ to children is deplorable.

    That being said, I have a harder time with obnoxious PETA haters more than I do with PETA itself. I get it. The organization is overly aggressive and annoying. But calling every vegan or vegetarian a self-righteous banshee is overly aggressive and annoying too. Most of us are nice, normal people just like you. We just don’t like it when you wave bacon in our faces.

  • Colleen

    People with extreme views of any nature–religious extremes, PETA, Atkins diet proponents–always stir up in me this urge to do or say something the exact opposite of their beliefs, just to prove a point and show them how ridiculous they are being. Most of the time, I curb these urges, because I’m nice…but the urges are still there…
    Personally, I have no issue with the fur industry, and think if you can afford it, you go right ahead and wear it.

    • lachef

      That’s disgusting. So basically you’re saying that if you could have afforded to own a slave you would have gone ahead and done it!

      ….shame on your parents.

      ❝It’s a
      matter of taking the side of the weak against the strong, something the best
      people have always done. ❞

      Harriet Beecher Stowe ❤

  • United States Citizen

    PETA is aligned with terrorist groups who actually KILL people to supposedly preserve the rights of animals. The rights of people animals are incidental to the truly zealous of that group. The group should be disbanded on moral and ethical grounds. The rights of animals would be best served by someone who also holds the rights of humans to be equally sacred. Someone with a realistic world view, one that encompasses all living beings on this planet, not just cats and dogs.

    Wear fur, yes, eat meat, yes, but do both responsible.

    Protect animals, protect the pets involved in the pet industry, yes, but do so responsibly and with compassion towards people as well as the other types of animals.

    Sincerely and compassionately,
    From someone who is for the protection of all animals, including people, even if we are omnivores!

    • lachef

      As you know–you are a LIAR. A person who LIES and does NOT tell the truth. Why lie? Are you that weak…?

      …you’ll be happy to know that the US State Department recently released the
      details of an FBI investigation into allegations made by the CCF that PETA
      funded eco-”terrorism” activities. PETA was cleared of any
      wrong-doing. You can read the report here:

      http://www.justice.gov/oig/special/s1009r.pdf

    • lachef

      ❝It’s a
      matter of taking the side of the weak against the strong, something the best
      people have always done. ❞

      Harriet Beecher Stowe ❤

  • Yrsa

    I don’t think it’s great for him to wear real fur just because it makes him “seem aggressive in his choice to wear fur”. That’s basically like saying “Ok, I’ll murder a human/any other animal and wear their skin to seem aggressive”. They’re both sentient beings who will feel fear and pain when being killed (or, skinned alive, as several fur factories do before leaving the animals to die).
    Also, it’s impractical. Not only does real fur cost a lot, maintaining it is much more complex than faux fur.
    Just, please… He really should look into what they do to animals, and the pain they go through. The negative effects on the world that it has. There’s nothing other than really being skinned that would make you feel what they’ve gone through, but he should be more informed and think over his reasons for choosing real fur.

    • lachef

      Yes.

      “Mankind’s true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies
      deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its
      mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle,
      a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it.”

      - Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

  • lachef

    “Our task must be to free ourselves… by
    widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole
    of nature and its beauty.”

    – Albert Einstein

    ….so Wier is against that–got it…..

  • lachef

    “We cannot have peace among men

    whose hearts find delight in killing any living
    creature.”

    ~ ♥ Rachel Carson ♥ ~

  • lachef

    What he did and says is unforgivable. He shows that he has no class—no respect, no dignity.

    Only whores wear dead animal skins. …he should be ashamed & regretful and
    his mother should be mortified. What a horrible, soulless and Godless boy she
    raised.

    There is simply NO
    excuse for cruelty towards animals—None.

    None.

    http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-clothing/exotic-skins-animals.aspx

    http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/campaigns/fur_free/