Monday, March 15, 2010

Are homophobic Republican's ruining "Stars on Ice"?'s Patricia Nell Warren's article, Homophobia rampant at Stars on Ice? is a very interesting piece, as she delves into the political background of Stars on Ice. In my opinion, it sheds some light on the question: Was Johnny Weir blackballed by Stars on Ice? But of course Stars on Ice denies they rejected Johnny Weir for not being 'family friendly'.

Patricia Nell Warren writes:
Stars on Ice didn’t debut till 1986, starting as the “American Tour” organized by Scott Hamilton, with sponsors Discover Card and Plymouth. Though Hamilton was openly homophobic, the show did have its gay faces in the earlier years — Rob McCall and Brian Orser. But the emphasis began to veer towards male skaters like Kurt Browning who were paragons of “masculine heterosexual skating style.” SOI’s turning point into deep figure-skating conservatism probably came in 2001, when Smucker’s became the show’s title sponsor. Though the Ohio-based food company hasn’t been screamingly high profile in politics, a glance at their political contribution record shows that they have contributed heavily to state and national Republican causes, including Mitt Romney and John McCain for President. Co-CEO Tim Smucker has served as a GOP delegate to the RNC. READ MORE
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