Just as the Olympics' first-ever PRIDE House is launching the first of two film events addressing homophobia in sport tonight in Vancouver, a Quebec gay-rights group has filed a complaint with the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council regarding homophobic comments made on air about American figure skater Johnny Weir.
Le Conseil québécois des gaies et lesbiennes (Quebec Council of Gays and Lesbians) is requesting an apology from Réseau des sports (RDS, the French-language version of Canada's English-language TSN) sportscasters Claude Mailhot and Alain Goldberg for comments they made about Weir during televised coverage of last week's men's figure skating competition in Vancouver.
Goldberg remarked that Weir should take a gender test, and Mailhot replied that Weir should be competing against the women.
Both Goldberg and Mailhot apologized, but CQGL insists that the apology is not enough as they only apologized for comments they made about Weir's outfit. The advocacy organization filed a complaint on Monday (February 22).
Two Australian commentators from Channel Nine, Eddie McGuire and Mick Molloy, received criticism last week for making Brokeback Mountain jokes about Western-style outfits worn by male competitors and the sexuality of Weir.