Complaint filed against skating commentators
A gay rights group has lodged a formal complaint against two French-language broadcasters in Quebec for comments made about American figure skater Johnny Weir.
The Quebec Gay and Lesbian Council formally filed a complaint Monday with a Canadian broadcast monitoring council, demanding a public apology from French-language broadcaster RDS.
One RDS commentator said Weir hurts figure skating's image and another said Weir should be made to take a gender test.
The veteran sportscasters, Claude Mailhot and Alain Goldberg, were commenting on the men's figure skating competition last week at the Olympics.
The remarks were "outrageous" and "homophobic," the Quebec-based advocacy group said in a statement on its website.
The two broadcasters later offered an on-air apology for their comments.
The group had said last week it planned to file a complaint about the matter to the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, an independent organization created by Canada's English and French private broadcasters to administer on-air standards and monitor the industry.
American Evan Lysacek, the reigning world champion, later won the gold medal in the skating final, edging out Russian Evgeni Plushenko, who took the silver. Weir finished sixth.
Weir has repeatedly avoided questions about his sexual orientation in the past, saying it's no one's business and it has no bearing on what he does as an athlete. He is aware of the comments, agent Tara Modlin said Monday.
"The comment is so inappropriate that we will not even justify it with a response," U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun said.
Australia's Channel Nine has reportedly received complaints from viewers after two of its hosts joked about the masculinity of Weir and other male skaters.