And France's Brian Joubert complained to the Canadian press that the judging system is geared toward "effeminate North American" skaters. I used to think that he was a hot sexy guy, but I am so through with him and don't feel too bad about his shitty skating at this Winter Games. The article also alludes to some unfortunate comments made by Australian, French and French-Canadian sportswriters about the perceived lack of masculinity in men's skating:
Ignorance without bordersSo it's not only the Aussies who are lacking tact and humanity. One of our own, RDS Olympic morning host Claude Mailhot, was even more offensive in ridiculing men's figure skating with analyst Alain Goldberg Wednesday. Goldberg said beruffled American skater Johnny Weir should take a test to make sure he's man, to which Mailhot jocularly replied: "He did that to help the commentators predict what would happen with (Canadian skater) Joanie Rochette and the other (women), because maybe he should be in competition with them." Har, har. Goldberg has been in the sport his entire life, and this is hardly new territory. Yet he's never spoken up until now.
Mailhot "apologized" Friday after gay rights groups called for action. Well, it was a 21st-century apology; he didn't actually say he was wrong, just that he was sorry it happened. "It seems that when we talked about the clothes it upset certain people, and it certainly wasn't our goal to upset anyone," Mailhot said. "If you felt criticized, we apologize."
A French thing
Maybe the French-born Goldberg hopped on the bandwagon because of comments made by countryman Brian Joubert before the Games. "It was the Canadians who created the (new scoring system) to favour the North Americans for Vancouver," Joubert said. "You have to know that their skaters, often homosexuals, specialize in effeminate skating. In a flash, they went from 10th place to the podium." Joubert is a skater who can jump, and that's about all he can do. This week, he didn't even do that and finished 16th.