After defending his right to wear fur, men's figure skater Johnny Weir has backed down and agreed to don faux fur on the ice after allegedly receiving death threats, according to the Seattle Times.
As we previously reported, animal rights group Friends of Animals had posted an open letter to Weir and his costume designer, Stephanie Handler, condemning the use of white fox fur on the shoulder of one of his skating costumes.
"But it's not something that's the No. 1 priority in my life. There are humans dying every day. There are thousands if not millions of homeless people in New York City. Look at what just happened in Haiti.
"I tend to focus my energy, if there is a cause, on humans. While that may be callous and bad of me, it's my choice."
The controversial comment must have ruffled someone's feathers, as Weir's agent Tara Modlin told the paper that the skater received hate mail and death threats from animal rights activists in response.
(Now, now, people. Two wrongs don't make a right.)
"He's changing it because he needs to focus on skating," Modlin told the Seattle Times.
"I do not want something as silly as my costume disrupting my second Olympic experience and my chance at a medal," Weir added.
In related news, party at PETA's place tonight.
Meanwhile, see the anti-fur ad starring Michelle Obama.
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