Be Good Johnny Weir Recap of Episode 2: Johnny decides to come out in his memoirs
Episode 2 of Be Good Johnny Weir (airing Mondays 10/9 central on Logo) focuses on Johnny's sexuality. Johnny has never publicly announced he was gay but do we really need a public announcement? The episode starts with Johnny and agent/manager Tara Modlin enjoying a day of beauty at a salon. During his pedicure, he tells Tara that now is the time to write his autobiography. Tara loves the idea.
Back in Johnny's New Jersey apartment, he and BFF Nicole chat while Johnny prepares dinner. Nicole googles Johnny's name and notes that the majority of searches revolve around Johnny's sexual orientation. Johnny tells Nicole that he came out to his mother Patti when he was 18 years old and that she cried, and explained to him that she was not crying because he was gay, but because she knew how much harder it would be for him.
Johnny and Tara meet with folks at publishing powerhouse Simon and Schuster (SS) to pitch them on Johnny's memoirs. Tara says in the Confessional Cam that a six figure advance would really help Johnny's post Olympics career. Wow, a six figure advance!?! When meeting with the marketing team at SS, Tara notes that Johnny has more name recognition than the skater who actually won the gold medal. Johnny adds that he is a small town boy that made it big and has lived a compelling life. A VP of SS says that in order to sell books, he needs to reveal secrets, salacious details, and definitely address his sexuality. Johnny looks uncomfortable.
The two then go out to dinner where they talk about the skating spectacular that Johnny wants to star in and produce. Tara tries to narrow the concept of the show and Johnny throws out "being unique, bringing together the freaks, having Lady Gaga, Elvis impersonators, purple ponies." Johnny doesn't have a clue how a show is put together.
It's off to Melbourne, Australia where Johnny is set to perform in an ice show as well as do radio and tv interviews. He's especially nervous about the radio interview with Eddie McGuire, who made some disparaging comments about Johnny's flamboyant style during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. But all went well -- the two showed mutual admiration and respect for each other.
Johnny performs in the ice show and realizes how much work it takes to put on even a "smallish" 50-minute show where he performs only at the very end and then does an encore. He has his work cut out for him as a "producetress."
Before leaving Melbourne, Johnny and Tara must visit the Melbourne Zoo where Johnny would like to see what will be fashionable in fur for next season. Tara admonishes him to be very careful about fur comments as people won't take it lightly. At the zoo, Tara fulfills her lifelong dream of petting a koala bear and Johnny feeds the kangaroos. At one point he becomes the Kangaroo Whisperer as kangaroos all flock to him and one is especially attracted to his black Chanel bag. Johnny names that kangaroo Chanel.
A final visit in Melbourne comes from 2008 Olympic diving champion Matthew Mitcham, one of the few openly gay athletes during the Games. Matthew and Johnny talk about the difficulties in being an out athlete as well as juggling a meaningful relationship while traveling around the world. The visit ends with Matthew trying on one of Johnny's sparkly gold and black costumes and Johnny trying on a pair of diving shorts. In the final scene of Episode 2, Johnny is back in his New Jersey apartment and waiting for his mother Patti to visit.
There he will tell her that he's decided to write an autobiography and in it will include chapters about his sexuality. He knows this may upset his mother and he's right. Patti tells him that what's behind closed doors should remain behind closed doors. He tells her that there are so many rumours and false stories out there that he must tell his story on his own terms. Patti doesn't look happy and Johnny simply asks her to accept his decision.
Video below, I interviewed Johnny at a fundraiser in NYC where he spoke about coming out in his book: