“I’m glad he’s a trailblazer. He’s comfortable in his own skin, clearly. And he’s expressing himself. I think that’s what art’s all about. Whenever you do something that hasn’t really been done, you’re going to get love and you’re going to get hate.”
-Former “American Idol” runner-up and For Your Entertainment mastermind Adam Lambert, who came out in support of Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir after Weir took criticism for his flamboyant appearance and approach at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Following his performance last week, a pair of Canadian sports broadcasters said that Weir was setting a bad example for other male skaters.
“It wasn’t these two men criticizing my skating, it was them criticizing me as a person, and that was something that really, frankly, pissed me off,” Weir told reporters in response to the comments. “I think masculinity is what you believe it to be.” Later, he told “Access Hollywood,” “Every little boy should be so lucky as to turn into me, and that’s all I have to say.”
Lambert knows all about deflecting that brand of judgment. Following his controversial performance at the American Music Awards back in November 2009, Lambert took a lot of heat over the sexually explicit nature of the performance and had to deal with the fact that the network airing the show received hundreds of complaints about it. But Lambert managed to weather that storm and bounce back — something that Weir will no doubt be able to accomplish as well.