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WEARS JOHNNY: U.S. figure skater Johnny Weir reportedly opted to stay in the Olympic Village rather than a Vancouver hotel due to threats from antifur activists. But People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wasn’t responsible, according to president Ingrid Newkirk. “He said he got calls at home. That’s not our style. We go directly to people and point out the why of it,” she said Monday.
The group did make a written appeal to Weir a few weeks ago asking him to stop wearing fur. Last month, he competed at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships wearing a fox-trimmed outfit. The Olympian recently said he will not wear fur during the Games, but that decision was driven by style. Executives at U.S. Figure Skating did not respond to a request for comment Monday.
“Now that Johnny has acquiesced, we wish all the best for him and hope he goes for the gold,” Newkirk said. “We will look at other targets that need to be educated.”
Asked if it was likely that PETA would still have rooted for Weir had he not changed his costume, she said, “Not particularly. We like kind people to win everything and cruel people to go to the back of the pack.”