With the success of I, Tonya, Tonya Harding has a rare opportunity to revamp her image and go from villain to underdog. While she may be making headway in Hollywood and with the American public, figure skating’s #1 glitter angel Johnny Weir says that Tonya will not to be getting any standing ovations from him. According to TMZ, Johnny hasn’t forgiven her for what happened to Nancy Kerrigan.
“She did a horrible, horrible thing,” Johnny told TMZ Sports. “She’s a pariah in our sport and she shouldn’t be forgiven for basically, possibly having the opportunity of ruining somebody’s life.”
When Tonya got into it with creeptastic Piers Morgan, it was kind of easy to side with Tonya as she was clearly being baited (plus victim Nancy’s perma-stank face and shitty demeanor make her an easy foil). But when two-time Olympian and fashion icon Johnny Weir drags Tonya and says that she’s on the “forever dead to us list” over at US Figure Skating, it may be time to listen. Johnny’s not just shouting “Tonya, Tonya, Tonya” because he’s got middle child (or Bronze medal) syndrome. When it comes to what happened to Nancy, he’s on team #sheknew.
I am so over the glamorization of a villain simply because she was born on the “wrong side of the tracks.” While her upbringing may have been tragic, athletes come from all walks of life and succeed based on merit, not assault. I won’t applaud her and I stand for Nancy.
— Johnny Weir (@JohnnyGWeir) January 10, 2018
Here’s Johnny’s TMZ interview.
I saw I, Tonya and it was super fun. That said, I’m gonna have to agree with Johnny Get Your Glitter Gun that she got kicked out of the sport for a very good reason. And after Hollywood is done with her, I absolutely believe we’ll be seeing a Tonya reality show in the not too distant future. Regardless of her culpability in Nancy’s assault, if she decides to do reality TV, she’ll have earned the scrutiny and derision that will surely come her way. She’s still a hot head and my guess is she’s gonna end up adding a rotation to her triple axel and go from underdog, to villain, to underdog and back to villain again in no time!