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.