Johnny Weir Shot Secret Gay Film at Sochi Winter Olympics

Apparently Olympic skater—and Quarryville, Pennsylvania native—Johnny Weir was doing more than moderating for NBC (and Instagramming his outlandish outfits) at this year’s Sochi Winter Olympics. Amid all the flack he took for being there in the first place, Weir was covertly working with a film crew to document what it was like being gay at the games.

Director Noam Gonick shot footage of To Russia With Love without consent from Russian authorities, because, obviously, he could have gotten arrested for “creating gay propaganda.” The finished product “examines human rights through the lens of LGBT athletes” following the controversy surrounding Russia’s horrible anti-gay laws prior to the games.

Weir plays host and interviewer in the film. He will talk to a variety of out athletes who took part in the games, and, I’m sure, look fabulous while doing it. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the documentary will also feature commentary from LGBT Olympic legends Billie Jean King and Greg Louganis, and Jason Collins. It is set to premiere on October 22 on EPIX.

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  • DGF

    He said throughout the Olympics that he never saw or felt any anti gay sentiment directed towards himself or anyone else. All the “Russia hates gays” stuff by the u.s. media, and which exists in this silly little Philadelphia Mag article, was nothing but u.s. propaganda, as the truth is that you can find gay organizations, bars, and very famous gay performers and celebrities all over Russia. The u.s. has no standing to criticize Russia or any other country about gay rights, considering how prejudice so much of this country still is.