In the early 1990s, Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding were two of the most famous figure skaters in the world. But the 1994 attack on Nancy, orchestrated by Tonya’s ex-husband and a friend, ensured the “rivalry” between the two women would have eternal pop culture infamy.
The 2017 movie I, Tonya, a biopic about the life and downfall of the disgraced figure skater, was one of the most award-nominated and critically acclaimed films of the year. Notably, Tonya herself has been closely involved in the making and promotion of the movie, even attending the Golden Globes on January 7, 2018, as a guest of honor.
Though the movie focuses primarily on Tonya and her story, Nancy is of course a part of it. The real Nancy hadn’t spoken publicly regarding how she felt about Tonya’s sympathetic portrayal — until now.
Speaking with the Boston Globe, Nancy didn’t have much to say about the movie, though what she did say spoke volumes.
The former Dancing with the Stars contestant first admitted that she hasn’t seen I, Tonya.
“I really have nothing to say about it. I haven’t seen anything. I haven’t watched anything,” she explained. “I’ve been busy. I was at the national [figure skating] championships this week so I didn’t watch the Golden Globes. I haven’t seen the movie. I’m just busy living my life.”
When asked about the movie’s sympathetic portrayal of Tonya and whether she was bothered by Hollywood’s redemption tour for her, Nancy wouldn’t give a definitive answer. However, she made sure to mention that she was the victim in the situation:
“I don’t know. At this point, it’s so much easier and better to just be… it’s not really part of my life. As you say, I was the victim. Like, that’s my role in this whole thing. That’s it. It is weird, that’s for sure. A bizarre thing. The whole thing was crazy, being that it’s a story. I mean, come on.”
In a separate call to the Boston Globe later that day, Nancy’s husband/agent Jerry Solomon reiterated that their “position at this point is to say nothing” regarding Tonya and her biopic. He also assured the reporter that when they are ready to make an official comment, they will.
Another iconic figure skater, Johnny Weir, more explicitly voiced his displeasure with the movie’s portrayal of the incident.
“I am so over the glamorization of a villain simply because she was born on the ‘wrong side of the tracks,'” Johnny tweeted on January 9, 2018. “While her upbringing may have been tragic, athletes come from all walks of life and succeed based on merit, not assault. I won’t applaud her and I stand for Nancy.”
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[H/T: Boston Globe]
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