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Today In Euphemizing Johnny Weir's Gayness: ESPN The Magazine

An occasional series in which we document — and evaluate — the sports media's pained efforts to call the sexually undeclared figure skater gay without quite calling him gay.

Euphemist: Shaun Assael, ESPN The Magazine (story not online):
Choice descriptions: "... too flamboyant [headline] ... undisputed diva ... fearlessly flamboyant stylist ... photographed in a miniskirt and high heels ... gender-bending flamboyance ... strutting ... dressed like David Bowie's Aladdin Sane ... in a bubble bath with a male friend ... bright-purple tank top, plaid shorts and gold slippers ... figure skating's peacock ... isn't scrimping on the voguing ... club-ready dance moves ... Garbo-like poses"
Flamboyometer: Rating the euphemisms (on a scale of 1 to 5 high-stepping Liberaces)


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