People: During a visit to PEOPLE Now, two-time Olympian Johnny Weir was asked about the film ‘I, Tonya’ and didn’t hold back from condemning the way it treats Nancy Kerrigan’s attack.
“I don’t like that we’re almost accepting or glamorizing what Tonya Harding and her people conspired to do to a fellow athlete,” he said alongside BFF Tara Lipinski, who will join him this year as a commentator for NBC’s primetime figure skating coverage during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
“Had it happened to one of us, it would have ruined our lives,” Weir, 33, continued. “I don’t like that we’re kind of accepting that this happened and treating it as this circus freak show that was. It was two very real people’s lives.”
Weir told PEOPLE Now he felt the film told a false narrative that assumed Harding was the only athlete who rose from nothing.
“I didn’t grow up rich,” he said. “And Nancy Kerrigan herself was blue collar family outside of Boston. She’s portrayed often as this ice princess who had everything and Tonya had nothing. But you know, it’s everyone. It’s blue collar to fur collar in every sport. And I think that’s something that everyone needs to remember.”
“It’s not right to try and just take your competitor out,” he added. “You beat them on the field. You don’t beat them beforehand.”
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