Do you have adblock enabled?
If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(RealClear)   Brian Boitano announce he's gay. Subby's just as stunned as you are, I thought he came out years ago   (realclear.com) divider line 104
    More: Obvious  
•       •       •

3825 clicks; posted to Main » on 19 Dec 2013 at 5:43 PM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



104 Comments   (+0 »)
   
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

Archived thread

First | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | » | Last | Show all
 
2013-12-19 04:06:54 PM  
2.bp.blogspot.com

/oblig.
 
2013-12-19 04:08:51 PM  
Richard Simmons has never officially "come out" either.    I don't think anyone is really on the fence on that one either.
 
2013-12-19 04:12:20 PM  

Warthog: [2.bp.blogspot.com image 248x326]

/oblig.


I'm sure he'd kiss an ass or two!
That's what Brian Boitano'd do!
 
2013-12-19 04:14:47 PM  
Water is wet, sky is blue, fish swim, the pope shiats in the woods, what else is new?
 
2013-12-19 04:15:34 PM  

Warthog: [2.bp.blogspot.com image 248x326]

/oblig.


i1182.photobucket.com
 
2013-12-19 04:22:16 PM  
Yeah, most LGBT+ folks don't realize they were never in the closet to begin with. I had a friend attempt to tell me the stunning news, only I was just glad he'd finally found a boyfriend. We all knew he was gay because he was a quintessential flamer with the lisp and everything.

Funny part was three years later when I came out to my folks. "Well, duh!" was their response.

I am a little worried about our athletes though. I don't trust Russia to not pull some kind of shenanigans.
 
2013-12-19 04:23:49 PM  
What would Brian Boitano do 
If he was here right now, 
He'd make a plan 
And he'd follow through, 
That's what Brian Boitano'd do. 

When Brian Boitano was in the olympics, 
Skating for the gold, 
He did two Salchows and a triple lutz, 
While wearing a blind fold. 

When Brian Boitano was in the alps, 
Fighting grizzly bears, 
He used his magical fire breath, 
And saved the maidens fair. 

So what would Brian Boitano do 
If he were here today, 
I'm sure he'd kick an ass or two, 
That's what Brian Boitano'd do. 

I want this V-chip out of me, 
It has stunted my vo-ca-bu-lar-y. 

And I just want my mom 
To stop fighting everyone 

For Wendy I'll be an activist too, 
Cause that's what Brian Boitano'd do. 

And what would Brian Boitano do, 
He'd call all the kids in town, 
And tell them to unite for true 
That's what Brian Boitano'd do. 

When Brian Boitano travelled through time 
To the year 3010, 
He fought the evil robot kings 
and saved the human race again 

And when Brian Boitano built the pyramids, 
He beat up Kublai Kahn. 

Cause Brian Boitano doesn't take shiat from an-y-body 

So let's all get together, 
And unite to stop our mom's 
And we'll save Terrance and Phillip too, 
Cause that's what Brian Boitano'd do. 

And we'll save Terrance and Phillip too, 
Cause that's what Brian Boitano'd dooooo, 
That's what Brian Boitano'd do.
 
2013-12-19 04:37:47 PM  
Dude has been openly gay since at least the late 80's. I'm more surprised to find out this is news. I guess he never formally announced it?
 
2013-12-19 04:49:52 PM  
Gold medals and testicles. Maybe him and Greg Louganis should go to Sochi and they can putin they're own two cents worth.
 
2013-12-19 04:55:22 PM  

mediablitz: Dude has been openly gay since at least the late 80's. I'm more surprised to find out this is news. I guess he never formally announced it?


What does "openly gay" mean for a celebrity though?  I mean, supposedly everyone "close" to Anderson Cooper knew he was gay, it was widely rumored he was gay publically for at least a decade if not more before he recently "came out".   But, it was "notable" when he "came out" in the last year.

So, at least right now, there does seem to be some sort of "event" when a famous person actually says to other media "I'm gay", vs. just being "openly gay" to their group of friends.
 
2013-12-19 05:12:16 PM  
 
2013-12-19 05:20:28 PM  

dletter: mediablitz: Dude has been openly gay since at least the late 80's. I'm more surprised to find out this is news. I guess he never formally announced it?

What does "openly gay" mean for a celebrity though?  I mean, supposedly everyone "close" to Anderson Cooper knew he was gay, it was widely rumored he was gay publically for at least a decade if not more before he recently "came out".   But, it was "notable" when he "came out" in the last year.

So, at least right now, there does seem to be some sort of "event" when a famous person actually says to other media "I'm gay", vs. just being "openly gay" to their group of friends.


His best friend in high school was lead singer in our band. He came to our gigs when not on the road. He was in public with his boyfriend at the time often. He made no attempt to pretend he wasn't gay.

I really had no idea this wasn't public knowledge until today. I do look forward to the day stupid shiat like this doesn't require an "announcement".
 
2013-12-19 05:37:16 PM  

dletter: Richard Simmons has never officially "come out" either.    I don't think anyone is really on the fence on that one either.


As I've heard it, he's straight but he played up the camp gay persona to make women feel more at ease.  Then he couldn't really get out of it once he became famous, so he decided to make it his stage personality and have fun with it.
 
2013-12-19 05:47:25 PM  
What would Brian Boitano do?

Two dudes at once, man.

/I'll take a window seat, please
 
2013-12-19 05:50:49 PM  
Not buying it. What's next? You gonna tell me that Johnny Weir's gay?
 
2013-12-19 05:50:51 PM  
I'm devastated! Who would of thought he was gay?
 
2013-12-19 05:50:54 PM  
So are we supposed to send him presents or something?
 
2013-12-19 05:50:58 PM  
Dude, you've been on the ice without a stick or a puck for decades.  No need to announce anything at this point.
 
2013-12-19 05:53:58 PM  
You're thinking of Greg Louganis, subby
 
2013-12-19 05:54:21 PM  
One thing is for sure. There will be no Duck Dynasty On Ice show in the near future.
 
2013-12-19 06:01:20 PM  

dletter: Richard Simmons has never officially "come out" either.    I don't think anyone is really on the fence on that one either.


He makes Richard Simmons look like a drill seargent.
 
2013-12-19 06:11:43 PM  
Sweet!
 
2013-12-19 06:15:58 PM  
There is no such thing as a heterosexual male figure skater, FYI.
 
2013-12-19 06:21:27 PM  

farkingismybusiness: Not buying it. What's next? You gonna tell me that Johnny Weir's gay?


So I write this response saying "What? Next you're going to tell me Johnny Weir is gay!" and at the last second decide to do the Ctrl-F thing....
 
2013-12-19 06:21:58 PM  

macdaddy357: There is no such thing as a heterosexual male figure skater, FYI.


DB Sweeney?
 
2013-12-19 06:24:33 PM  
I think it would be more shocking for a male figure skater to say he was straight.
 
2013-12-19 06:24:38 PM  
I thought he was out of the closet years ago.
 
2013-12-19 06:26:53 PM  

dletter: mediablitz: Dude has been openly gay since at least the late 80's. I'm more surprised to find out this is news. I guess he never formally announced it?

What does "openly gay" mean for a celebrity though?  I mean, supposedly everyone "close" to Anderson Cooper knew he was gay, it was widely rumored he was gay publically for at least a decade if not more before he recently "came out".   But, it was "notable" when he "came out" in the last year.

So, at least right now, there does seem to be some sort of "event" when a famous person actually says to other media "I'm gay", vs. just being "openly gay" to their group of friends.


That's pretty much it.  My understanding for years has been that Boitano was "out" in his personal life, and within the skating community; he just didn't talk about it with the media.

Besides Johnny Weir and Rudy Galindo (who never went to the Olympics), there haven't been a lot of high profile American (or Canadian) skaters who've told the general public that they're gay.  And granted, that's partly because a fair number of them really are straight, but it's also because skating is a conservative sport and skaters are still being actively discouraged from coming out to the press.  So this doesn't seem like a huge deal in the general context of celebrities talking about their sexuality, but for figure skating, it's not insignificant.
 
2013-12-19 06:34:43 PM  
Was there a long expectant pause after he made the announcement?
 
2013-12-19 06:38:16 PM  
Is "coming out" as a concept dying? Just like a little over 10 years ago coming out was still something somewhat shocking and even taboo. Now it's like, "Yeah we know dog. Can we get back to Call of Duty now?" Coming out has been a pretty important part of a homosexual's life, but it's disappearing. Now, my American cultural capitalist gut tells me one thing. The way to preserve something that is becoming out-of-touch and dated is to commercialize it. Consider this: why is Cinco de Mayo, a holiday of another country more popular in America than an actual American holiday like Columbus Day? Because we as a people found it easier to make money off of Cinco de Mayo than Columbus Day. That's really the key to understanding our culture. The more money that changes hands, the more important to us as a culture it is.

So back to keeping coming out relevant.  We need coming out parties. It should be like a gay quinceañera. A way for a queer individual to resolutely say, "Hey. I'm out on the market. I am officially on the prowl for some samesies action." Now, I'm not gay or an event planner, but my initial reaction is that a Coming Out party would be very Rocker Horror-chic, but obviously it would be up to the coming outer to make decisions as to the theme. There would be a court of honor with equal number of dames and chambelanes who are the coming outer's friends and peers. It would start with the first waltz where the coming outer dances with court of honor members of the opposite sex. Following, there's a dinner with a toast and speech (possibly made by a clergyman, parent/uncle/aunt/godparent, mentor, or therapist) officially proclaiming them as gay. Then there's the second waltz where they dance with court of honor members of the same sex. Then after the formalities, the party gets its rave on. And there we go. I've officially saved coming out.
 
2013-12-19 06:40:10 PM  
Honestly, at this point I'd be more surprised to hear about a male figure skater publicly acknowledging that he's straight.
 
2013-12-19 06:44:07 PM  

hardinparamedic: What would Brian Boitano do
If he was here right now,
He'd make a plan
And he'd follow through,
That's what Brian Boitano'd do.

When Brian Boitano was in the olympics,
Skating for the gold,
He did two Salchows and a triple lutz,
While wearing a blind fold.

When Brian Boitano was in the alps,
Fighting grizzly bears,
He used his magical fire breath,
And saved the maidens fair.

So what would Brian Boitano do
If he were here today,
I'm sure he'd kick an ass or two,
That's what Brian Boitano'd do.

I want this V-chip out of me,
It has stunted my vo-ca-bu-lar-y.

And I just want my mom
To stop fighting everyone

For Wendy I'll be an activist too,
Cause that's what Brian Boitano'd do.

And what would Brian Boitano do,
He'd call all the kids in town,
And tell them to unite for true
That's what Brian Boitano'd do.

When Brian Boitano travelled through time
To the year 3010,
He fought the evil robot kings
and saved the human race again

And when Brian Boitano built the pyramids,
He beat up Kublai Kahn.

Cause Brian Boitano doesn't take shiat from an-y-body

So let's all get together,
And unite to stop our mom's
And we'll save Terrance and Phillip too,
Cause that's what Brian Boitano'd do.

And we'll save Terrance and Phillip too,
Cause that's what Brian Boitano'd dooooo,
That's what Brian Boitano'd do.


www.biography.com
Did someone call me?
 
2013-12-19 06:44:27 PM  

Peki: Yeah, most LGBT+ folks don't realize they were never in the closet to begin with. I had a friend attempt to tell me the stunning news, only I was just glad he'd finally found a boyfriend. We all knew he was gay because he was a quintessential flamer with the lisp and everything.

Funny part was three years later when I came out to my folks. "Well, duh!" was their response.

I am a little worried about our athletes though. I don't trust Russia to not pull some kind of shenanigans.


Yep. Years ago when my parents told us our uncle was gay, we pretty much responded with, "no shiat... you guys didn't know already?"

/Uncle Ed always was a snappy dresser
 
2013-12-19 06:48:59 PM  

degenerate-afro: I think it would be more shocking for a male figure skater to say he was straight.


I thinking some of the Eastern European guys come across as being straight, but, the rest of them, I mean, really.
 
2013-12-19 06:53:32 PM  

Foxxinnia: So back to keeping coming out relevant.  We need coming out parties. It should be like a gay quinceañera. A way for a queer individual to resolutely say, "Hey. I'm out on the market. I am officially on the prowl for some samesies action." Now, I'm not gay or an event planner, but my initial reaction is that a Coming Out party would be very Rocker Horror-chic, but obviously it would be up to the coming outer to make decisions as to the theme. There would be a court of honor with equal number of dames and chambelanes who are the coming outer's friends and peers. It would start with the first waltz where the coming outer dances with court of honor members of the opposite sex. Following, there's a dinner with a toast and speech (possibly made by a clergyman, parent/uncle/aunt/godparent, mentor, or therapist) officially proclaiming them as gay. Then there's the second waltz where they dance with court of honor members of the same sex. Then after the formalities, the party gets its rave on. And there we go. I've officially saved coming out.


honda-tech.com
 
2013-12-19 06:59:25 PM  
degenerate-afro: I think it would be more shocking for a male figure skater to say he was straight.

You shut your got-damned whore mouth, NOW!

web.icenetwork.com

/Evan Lycasek

As for Boitano, what an asshole. He denies it for years, got angry when people even dared suggest it (= might hurt his earnings in ice shows) and NOW he comes out? At least Anderson Cooper's excuse for his glass closet was somewhat valid, that to be publicly out could have gotten him killed on certain assignments.

/Knew I was homosexual at 6
//Accepted that at 9
///Came out for the first time at 11
 
2013-12-19 07:03:07 PM  

Foxxinnia: Is "coming out" as a concept dying? Just like a little over 10 years ago coming out was still something somewhat shocking and even taboo. Now it's like, "Yeah we know dog. Can we get back to Call of Duty now?" Coming out has been a pretty important part of a homosexual's life, but it's disappearing. Now, my American cultural capitalist gut tells me one thing. The way to preserve something that is becoming out-of-touch and dated is to commercialize it. Consider this: why is Cinco de Mayo, a holiday of another country more popular in America than an actual American holiday like Columbus Day? Because we as a people found it easier to make money off of Cinco de Mayo than Columbus Day. That's really the key to understanding our culture. The more money that changes hands, the more important to us as a culture it is.

So back to keeping coming out relevant.  We need coming out parties. It should be like a gay quinceañera. A way for a queer individual to resolutely say, "Hey. I'm out on the market. I am officially on the prowl for some samesies action." Now, I'm not gay or an event planner, but my initial reaction is that a Coming Out party would be very Rocker Horror-chic, but obviously it would be up to the coming outer to make decisions as to the theme. There would be a court of honor with equal number of dames and chambelanes who are the coming outer's friends and peers. It would start with the first waltz where the coming outer dances with court of honor members of the opposite sex. Following, there's a dinner with a toast and speech (possibly made by a clergyman, parent/uncle/aunt/godparent, mentor, or therapist) officially proclaiming them as gay. Then there's the second waltz where they dance with court of honor members of the same sex. Then after the formalities, the party gets its rave on. And there we go. I've officially saved coming out.


I love this.

These coming out parties clearly must be preceded by gay showers. And yes that is what they should be called.
 
2013-12-19 07:03:56 PM  

zimbomba63: degenerate-afro: I think it would be more shocking for a male figure skater to say he was straight.

I thinking some of the Eastern European guys come across as being straight, but, the rest of them, I mean, really.


Scott Hamilton?
 
2013-12-19 07:05:05 PM  

TheManofPA: zimbomba63: degenerate-afro: I think it would be more shocking for a male figure skater to say he was straight.

I thinking some of the Eastern European guys come across as being straight, but, the rest of them, I mean, really.

Scott Hamilton?


He reads 'football bat' on my gaydar.
 
2013-12-19 07:06:30 PM  

TheManofPA: zimbomba63: degenerate-afro: I think it would be more shocking for a male figure skater to say he was straight.

I thinking some of the Eastern European guys come across as being straight, but, the rest of them, I mean, really.

Scott Hamilton?


Dick Button?
 
2013-12-19 07:20:54 PM  

macdaddy357: There is no such thing as a heterosexual male figure skater, FYI.


Kurt Browning
Elvis Stoyko
David Pelletier
 
2013-12-19 07:24:40 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-12-19 08:14:12 PM  
In defense of gay males, short of being a celebrity and saying it directly to the press, what does it take to be be considered out of the closet?
 
2013-12-19 08:23:11 PM  
Has anybody made a South Park reference yet?
 
2013-12-19 08:26:46 PM  

Henry Holland: degenerate-afro: I think it would be more shocking for a male figure skater to say he was straight.

You shut your got-damned whore mouth, NOW!

[web.icenetwork.com image 275x235]

/Evan Lycasek

As for Boitano, what an asshole. He denies it for years, got angry when people even dared suggest it (= might hurt his earnings in ice shows) and NOW he comes out? At least Anderson Cooper's excuse for his glass closet was somewhat valid, that to be publicly out could have gotten him killed on certain assignments.

/Knew I was homosexual at 6
//Accepted that at 9
///Came out for the first time at 11


When did Boitano ever actually deny that he was gay?  His go-to line for years was that he wanted to keep his private life private, but I don't remember him ever outright declaring that he was straight.  Which, if anything, probably helped fuel the assumption that he was gay, since a lot of straight male skaters do whatever they can to make sure people know how very straight they are (Lysacek, Michael Weiss, etc.).

If Boitano had come out 25 or 20 or maybe even 15 years ago, it  would have hurt his earnings in ice shows.  No question.  That wouldn't have been fair to him.  Anderson Cooper could've come out, and just chosen not to take on assignments where his orientation would have put him at risk.  That wouldn't have been fair to him, either.  They both chose not to deal with the professional ramifications of talking to the media about their sexuality, and I can't really blame either of them for it.  They were both living openly in their personal lives, by all accounts; they just didn't want their careers to be limited or defined by the fact that they were gay.  I know people who take essentially the same approach in the real world, and I know it's not always easy to do and there are a wide range of reasons people decide where and when they're comfortable talking about their personal lives, so I can't really blame celebrities who do the same thing.
 
2013-12-19 08:28:07 PM  
Done in one.
 
2013-12-19 08:47:31 PM  
I really enjoyed his cooking show. I didnt think his sexual orientation was ever in question.
 
2013-12-19 08:55:20 PM  

macdaddy357: There is no such thing as a heterosexual male figure skater, FYI.


Scott Hamilton would beg to differ. Not only hetero but married to a woman.
 
2013-12-19 09:00:17 PM  
Fark. It's not news it's gay news... Blah blah blah

This just in some people are gay some aren't. Why does it matter? Why do I need to know? Is there someone who still gives a shiat?
 
2013-12-19 09:09:39 PM  

Anderson's Pooper: Dude, you've been on the ice without a stick or a puck for decades.  No need to announce anything at this point.


Elvis Stojko has been very much not gay.  Figure skating is apparently like cheerleading -- the handful of straight dudes who do it end up banging way more hot chicks than you could possibly imagine.
 
Displayed 50 of 104 comments

First | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | » | Last | Show all

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is archived, and closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »
Advertisement
On Twitter






In Other Media


  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.

Report