Johnny Weir vs. Evan Lysacek: best catfight ever


Do you know how much I love this? This is my favorite story of the week, and I’m even counting the Sandra Bullock stories. I just love when my Johnny Weir gets his claws out! Now, the summary of Johnny’s feud with Evan Lysacek comes from People Magazine, and they got several wonderful and bitchy quotes from Johnny himself. However, I don’t like how People decided to “begin” (chronologically) the war of attrition between Evan and Johnny. These two have been trading snotty asides, rolled eyes, bitchfaces and, in Johnny’s case, an outing with a jaunty wink – all for the better part of a year, if not longer. But the Best Diva War Ever gained more steam when Evan sat down for a recent interview and basically said Johnny wasn’t a good ice skater – oh, snap. Here you go, savor it:

When skating rivals Evan Lysacek and Johnny Weir were battling for a spot on the Olympic podium at the Vancouver Winter Games in February, Weir remarked that showdown would be a great “catfight.”

The dust-up intensified this week off the ice as Olympic gold medalist Lysacek, competing on Dancing with the Stars, and Weir, a three-time U.S. Champion, traded slurs and barbs.

“We are at war,” Weir told PEOPLE on Thursday. “My claws are out.”

The latest round of mudslinging began when Lysacek suggested earlier this week that a lack of talent kept Weir off the cast of the traveling Smucker’s Stars on Ice. “They only hire the best of the best to skate,” Lysacek told the Indianapolis Star. “A lot of us in the skating world were really disappointed in the way he reacted, basically whining that he wasn’t chosen.”

Harsh Words Exchanged
The flamboyant Weir claims the show didn’t hire him because he didn’t fit the tour’s “family-friendly” profile – a charge Stars on Ice denies. Weir also went on the attack against Lysacek, calling him a “slore” – an apparent combination of “slut” and “whore” – on the The Wendy Williams Show on Wednesday.

Then on Thursday in New York, where he announced their “war,” Weir added, “I’ve never whined. I wasn’t the one who falls dancing and gets a concussion and breaks toes and has hip replacement surgeries. If anyone whines, it’s definitely Evan. He’s done that his whole career, and I’ve never said anything about it just because there was no need.”

Weir, who is opening the season for Ice Theatre of New York at Chelsea Piers, added, “I have no respect for Evan Lysacek.” He is encouraging fans not to vote for his rival on Dancing with the Stars.

But there may a truce on the horizon. In a statement to PEOPLE, Lysacek says he wants to end the feud, even though Weir had said hurtful things. Extending an olive branch, he’s calling Weir “an accomplished and talented skater” and wishing him well at his New York show.

“I let my personal feelings cloud my judgment in how I answered a journalist’s question about Stars on Ice and Johnny that I should never have answered,” says Lysacek. “I should have known better.”

[From People Magazine]

You know what? This isn’t one of those occasions where I can see both sides. I really think Evan was being a massive bitch when he said, “They only hire the best of the best to skate… A lot of us in the skating world were really disappointed in the way he reacted, basically whining that he wasn’t chosen.” First point: Johnny is a very good skater. One of the best in the world. He’s not The Best, but he’s certainly good enough to be chosen for Stars on Ice, and he certainly would have improved ticket sales. Second point: Johnny actually didn’t “whine” in any way, shape or form about not being chosen. GLAAD made Weir’s exclusion public, and Johnny merely confirmed his exclusion with the statement: “It’s for real. All because I am not family friendly enough. I understand I am a little outrageous but I wish I could perform for the fans.” Simple.

As for how Johnny reacted, what with all of the “slore” talk and basically issuing a sparkly, bedazzled, tasseled fatwa against Evan, I do think that he’s just having fun. It’s not like he’s really trying to destroy Evan, he just wants everyone to enjoy a hilarious catfight.

UPDATE: Ooooh! Evan just spoke to Us Weekly, explaining why he got his claws out on Johnny: “Since the Olympics, I’ve dealt with Johnny’s questioning my integrity and sexuality, and I’ve never spoken out on my own behalf no matter how hurtful those things may have been. I should have known better. Best wishes and congratulations to Johnny as he opens the new season of Ice Theatre of New York,” Lycasek adds. “I wish him well in all of his future endeavors.” You know what? I think these two dudes must have slept together at some point. They way they’re fighting… it’s the way ex-lovers fight. I bet Evan is a kinky bitch.

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  1. Oi says:

    Oh God…I never heard anything about skating until these guys.

  2. ,,,, says:

    I want his (Johnny) skin! So so pretty.

  3. buckley says:

    100% team Weir.

    Evan is…well…personality free.

  4. Cheyenne says:

    Lysacek needs a nose job. That’s one hell of a honker he’s got.

  5. guilty pleasures says:

    Love Johnny, I would actually go see Stars on Ice if he were in it, and under no other circumstance!

  6. Shannon says:

    I LOVE JOHNNY! Seriously, what a personality. He’s the black sheep in the skating world, yet he brings more attention to it than all of the other skaters combined. They should be praising him, not shunning him – he’s the one bringing interest to a fringe sport, and he’s the future of skating. He’s a role model for little boys who don’t fit the macho stereotype, and for that he should be celebrated. It’s not like little boys who are trying to be manly and play sports are interested in figure skating anyway.

    I think Evan is fun too, he’s the perfect rival for Johnny. I LOVE that they hate each other, but I know they’ll eventually settle down and become best friends.

  7. Marjalane says:

    Can’t co-sign on this one. Johnny Weir is a pathetic famewhore, and I’m sure it WASN’T his skating abilities that precluded him from being part of the Stars on Ice thing, but his complete unpredictability. Don’t have an opinion on Evan other than I think he’s cute. Probably also gay, but V.cute.

  8. QQ says:

    Johnny is So EFFING adorable.. His eyes and faces are giving me FEVERS!

  9. lucy2 says:

    Catfight! I’m totally picturing them slap-hitting each other until someone cries.

    More seriously, Evan shouldn’t diss Johnny’s skating, the guy placed high in the Olympics and a bunch of other competitions, clearly he’s talented and among the best in the world. And on the other hand, I don’t think Johnny should do much more wink-wink when it comes to Evan’s private life – it’s private, whatever is out there to be known should be up to him.

    But yeah, this is all oddly fun to watch. Maybe they can choreograph some sort of West Side Story-ish fight/dance on the ice.

  10. Meimei says:

    Am I out of my mind, or does Weir really look a bit like Chloë Sevigny (at least in the second pic)?

  11. LolaBella says:

    Meh, just hug it out, Bitches!

    I bet this feud has brought a lot of attention and new fans to the sport.

    Johnny’s skin is gorgeous and he is a really good skater.

    ETA: I am totally adding ‘slore’ to my vocabulary! 😉

  12. simplicity says:

    I agree with you Shannon. I enjoyed pairs skating in the Olympics, but would not have bothered watching the men’s singles if it hadn’t been for Weir.

    Love Weir’s flamboyant self-assurance.

  13. Carrie says:

    I adore Johnny, and always have.

    I don’t think that one can compare Johnny and Evan, because they are so, so different on the ice. Evan is an athlete, very strong and powerful. Johnny is an artist, musical and expressive. They’re both two of the best in the world, but they’re really, really different skaters.

    This feud goes back a long time- Johnny and Evan have been trading #1 spots since both were 14.

  14. Abby says:

    I agree with Marjalane.

    This doesn’t make any sense to me. I love Johnny Weir but I don’t get why you think he’s in the right here. Johnny is the one calling Evan names, saying “it’s war” and “my claws are out.” Evan is being classy and apologized for the slight he made. Why are you taking Weir’s side? I really think Evan is a better skater–even though Johnny has great presence, and that’s why Johnny is going on the attack.

  15. Justalark says:

    OMG, MeiMei, I thought the exact same thing…Johnny Weir is VERY Chloe Sevigny-ish in the second photo–especially in the eyes! Long lost relatives, perhaps?

  16. snowball says:

    Johnny has been seemingly outing – and I mean outing Evan in the real sense, which is NONE of his business, since the Olympics. Well, probably since longer than that, but he’s been out flapping his lips on the radio about it a lot lately. He gets zero respect from me for that alone, I don’t give a rats butt about how great his skin is.

    He may be fun to watch, but no, he’s not a great skater right now. I’ve been watching clips of his stuff lately, and he’s all show, no substance and Evan was right about what he said, although he was wrong to open his mouth and say it.

    Johnny is artistic and it’s nice to see, but he’s not as athletic and you don’t see any power behind what he does. Stars on Ice was right not to add him to the line-up. It has nothing to do with family values and everything to do with him having nothing to add to the type of show they put on.

  17. H says:

    Evan needs to lay of either the tanning beds or self tanner.

  18. Ron says:

    Honestly it’s like the fun fighting the crashing bore. Evan on DWTS is a yawnfest he’s personality free. I understand that being publicly out could cost him money etc. But he seems very pent up and uncomfortable in public. Johnny on the other hand is a perfect swan! I love that he can be open and true to himself.

  19. bmom says:

    “basically issuing a sparkly, bedazzled, tasseled fatwa against Evan” Love it! Love them both! I would also love to see both of them together in an interview!

  20. Just a Poster says:

    H he can’t.. he is on Dancing with the Faux Tan Stars! Orange is a requirement!

    I know Jonny has tons of love around her, but personally I am so over him, it ain’t funny.

    And no I am not an Evan either.

  21. flutters says:

    Johnny Weir say: “I’ve never whined. I wasn’t the one who falls dancing and gets a concussion and breaks toes and has hip replacement surgeries. If anyone whines, it’s definitely Evan. ”

    How exactly does all that stuff make Evan Lysacek a whiner? Is it the fact that they were made public? That’s whining?

    At least Lysacek manned up and apologized for saying something he shouldn’t. Weir should do the same.

    Don’t care about either of them really but at least Lysacek’s willing to admit he made an error in judgment. Just because Weir is fabulous doesn’t mean it’s OK for him to act like a catty b***h.

  22. Whatever says:

    Seriously I never heard of these guys until recently, but am loving Johnny. That guy is hysterical.

  23. Melissa says:

    I’m with those who agree with Weir’s resemblance to Chloe Sevigny. Is he feminine looking, or is she just masculine looking?

  24. albeli says:

    I freaking hate Weir. He’s such an annoying diva.

  25. Perla says:

    That wasn’t an apology Mr. Lysacek, please tell your PR team to try harder.

  26. Jeri says:

    They bring a smile to my face.

  27. Meimei says:

    “Is he feminine looking, or is she just masculine looking?”

    Maybe they’re approaching some “neutral zone”, because even though Johnny has really soft features for a man, he doesn’t usually look particularly feminine; in the same vein, Chloe’s features are perhaps a bit hard, but, IMO, not masculine.

  28. IriD says:

    I don’t understand how this would be a “war of attrition”. Maybe I’m confused, but I really don’t think they are systematically wearing down one another’s defenses so much as just being bitchy little divas.

  29. annie says:

    I heart Johnny big time. And I love the theory that they slept together.

  30. Catherine says:

    This whole thing reminds me of how my kids bicker over the dumbest things and get all pissed off over nothing.
    They both are stupid for publicly bitching about the other. It makes them both low-status in my opinion.

  31. elisha says:

    Team Weir! This has been going on WAY LONGER than a year, if Johnny’s show on Sundance Channel is to be believed. I watch that show religiously. This bickering has been going on pretty much their entire skating careers.

  32. GaGa says:

    This is just too funny. They are fighting like little kids. They are both great skaters, just way different in personality and style. And they are both guilty of doing stupid, cheesy things so I declare this war to be a tie.

  33. Roberta says:

    Evan Lysacek is not gay! That’s my future husband you’re talking about 🙂

  34. Iggles says:

    I want to support Johnny because I think he has some valid points — gender policing in sports & homophobia — BUT I personally think he’s acting like a catty bitch.

    The personal digs and nastiness towards Evan is uncalled for and really sullies his message.

    Also, I noticed in Evan’s statement he didn’t set the record straight on his sexuality (ooh, pun!). At this point it’s ridiculous — he might as well confirm it! Avoiding the issues like the plague makes it seem like he’s ashamed to be gay. What message does that send to gay youth who look up to him? (Particular young gay ice skaters?)

  35. suz says:

    I’d love to see this played out as an SNL sketch. You know, if SNL was funny.

  36. Jez says:

    If Johnny wants to be openly gay then that’s great for him but I think outing another person or whatever he is doing is really unacceptable. Let him decide whenever he is ready. If in fact he is. Johnny is being a little ass and needs to get over himself.

  37. Lois says:

    Yeah, I agree with Ir(squiggles):
    “war of attrition”?
    You were maybe looking for a different word?

  38. Marjalane says:

    Also, I noticed in Evan’s statement he didn’t set the record straight on his sexuality (ooh, pun!). At this point it’s ridiculous — he might as well confirm it! Avoiding the issues like the plague makes it seem like he’s ashamed to be gay. What message does that send to gay youth who look up to him? (Particular young gay ice skaters?)

    Maybe he isn’t gay- maybe he’s just a dork that has a really pathetic personality! I’m sorry but I get really irked at people who immediately assume that guys like Evan are ALWAYS gay- my best friend has a personality like his and he’s pathetically straight. Bizarre, but true.

  39. Big Mama says:

    Why does Johnny always remind me of Bobby Trendy? Why?

  40. gen says:

    Team Evan. Johnny is an annoying queen who just doesn’t know when to shut up.

  41. Skatorial delight says:

    Evan’s best wishes on Johnny’s opening at the Ice Theater of NY sounds like a backhanded insult. Like one’s on the national SOI tour and the other’s got a one-off show. For pure skating entertainment, I’d definitely pick Johnny. He’s a better show skater.

    Johnny could have been a crowd favorite on the SOI tour. They’re in critical need some excitement if “the best of the best” includes Alissa Cizny and Emily Hughes as their marquee female solos.

  42. Nanea says:

    Team Johnny all the way.

    I always like to watch him try new things and be creative, Evan just bores me.

  43. benny says:

    Johnny is a f-cking annoying whiner. He’s too old to behave like a petulant toddler. And I’m tired of entertainers trying to create large “personalities” to generate more interest in themselves. All the annoying bitchy personality in the world doesn’t make up for lack of Olympic medal.

  44. eternalcanadian says:

    I couldn’t believe it when Evan dissed Johnny’s abilities per Stars on Ice. Johnny is better than the some of the skaters in the show.

    Stars on Ice is show, glitz and fun, not a competition, and frankly I would be first in line to get a ticket to a show Johnny was in. He’s really artistic and graceful, and unfortunately a lot of the male skaters have taken the “no gays in ice skating” literally and look like robots with a few jumps thrown in.

    I think those two are taking things a little too far. What is their problem with each other? Sounds a lot like pulling pigtails or pushing someone in the mud puddle on the playground.

  45. Ashley says:

    Johnny is in my imaginary Gay Entourage, with Austin Scarlett 🙂
    A girl’s gotta have dreams, right?

  46. canadianchick says:

    @ashley great idea for an entourage, I’d also add Christian Siriano.

  47. lolo says:

    Team Johnny.

  48. Shane says:

    Let me see here….

    Olympic Gold Medalist vs Queen Bitch

    I’ll take the Gold.

  49. Geeta says:

    “…issuing a sparkly, bedazzled, tasseled fatwa….”

    BEST. SENTENCE. EVER. Freaking hilarious!!!!!

  50. Amy says:

    What Evans need is a personality. His face is like a blank slate.

  51. Anne says:

    Johnny is the only reason I would see stars on ice. He is an amazing skater and very funny!