• "The Portlandian" - October 17, 2018 edition

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    The Portlandian, the Internet's premier source of Tonya News

    October 17, 2018 Edition
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    Hi there, fellow Tonyaphiles. Welcome to another edition of "The
    Portlandian". We've got a huuuge backlog of stuff to get through
    that's built up thanks to all the movie coverage, so let's not
    beat about the bush and get right into it.

    This issue focuses to a large extent on how Tonya has inspired
    the creative side of others, from cosplay to artworks. We look at
    some cool Tonya-themed costume ideas for Halloween, put out a
    Tonya Christmas gift suggestion, and announce the premiere of a
    new Tonya-related documentary - that isn't actually about Tonya.
    We also have the story behind what REALLY went on with Tonya's
    interview with Piers Morgan, discover how one of the most famous
    photographs of Tonya was captured, and a few more odds & ends
    from Instagram.


    With Halloween just around the corner, you'll be looking for an
    outfit pretty soon.

    Tonya costumes have always been a favorite at Halloween, usually
    accompanied by a bloody-kneed "Nancy", and with "I, Tonya"
    putting her back in the spotlight recently it's no surprise that
    this year is expected to be a bumper one for lookalikes, with
    searches for Tonya Halloween costumes on Pinterest showing a 720%
    increase over last year. This article shows how you can make your
    own version of Tonya's 1991 Nationals triple axel costume without
    breaking the bank:


    Pity they don't show the finished result. But this drag queen
    called Mona spotted on Instagram has had a go at doing her own
    interpretation of the same outfit:


    Along the same lines, Corrine, who hails from Melbourne in
    Margot's home country of Australia, has created this replica of
    Tonya's 1992 Olympics costume that she wore recently to the
    SuperNovaExpo convention:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/Bhz_3ZalkKD/ https://www.instagram.com/p/BkThW7QAoLv/ https://www.instagram.com/p/BofQqdLn4Xq/

    Okay, so they really need a cigarette and an asthma inhaler to
    complete the effect. But what's most interesting is what's NOT a
    part of the outfits - there's not a crowbar or a tire iron
    anywhere! While as previous attempts at costumes have almost
    always focused on replicating her 1994 look and referencing "The
    Incident", these latest ones hark back to an earlier era, and
    seem to be about celebrating Tonya rather than making her into a
    joke. Let's hope that this marks the start of a new trend that
    will continue into future years.

    And don't be surprised if a few "LaVonas" turn up at parties as
    well. A LaVona impersonator was spotted at a skating rink a few
    months ago, complete with fake parrot, as well as a couple of

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BgWl-NtDtH8/ https://www.instagram.com/p/BgFC70TBuNX/ https://www.instagram.com/p/Bf87NzKA3gj/

    For those who favor a more professional approach, costumes from
    the movie were on display at the Fashion Institute of Design &
    Merchandising Museum in Los Angeles a few months ago:



    And with Halloween coming up, that only means one thing - that
    guy in the red suit will soon be turning up at the local shopping
    mall a few weeks afterwards.

    Apart from an "I, Tonya" Blu-ray, here's another nice little
    stocking-filler for Tonyaphiles: Broadway Records and the people
    behind the Tonya & Nancy Rock Opera have released a recording of
    some of the songs, recorded during a partial performance at
    Feinstein's/54 Below in New York earlier this year.

    This performance features Ashley Spencer (Rock of Ages, Grease)
    as Tonya alongside Tony-nominated Broadway star Lauren Worsham (A
    Gentleman's Guide To Love and Murder) as Nancy, with Tony LePage
    (Rock of Ages) as Gillooly and Nancy Opel doing double-duty as
    both Tonya and Nancy's mothers. Songs include Tonya's "Watch Your
    Back" and Nancy's aria, "Why Me?" and 25 others. Available both
    on CD and digital download (for those who just can't wait):

    ($15.95 - CD)

    ($12.99 - digital download)

    This review gives it a favorable write-up, declaring "from the
    first song, 'Three and a Half Minutes,' it's clear that Searle
    and Teoli have some serious musical chops: the music is driving
    and distinctive, if a little frustratingly repetitive. Even at
    this early stage, Searle expertly uses specific language to
    highlight how Nancy (Lauren Worsham) and Tonya (Ashley Spencer)
    are two sides of the same coin: ambitious and talented with mommy
    issues, but polar opposites in approach and style. I also have to
    give kudos for the inexplicably entertaining rhyme of 'nuts' with
    'lutz'." One can only hope that their wish comes true that
    someone will actually have the guts to skate to this one day:


    A complete track listing can be found at Amazon:


    Personally, I'm still waiting for someone to once again skate to
    "People Are Still Having Sex", particularly now that vocal music
    is permitted in figure skating.


    November will see a new Tonya-related documentary get its
    premiere at the Hawaii International Film Festival - but it's not
    actually about Tonya.


    Earlier this year we saw the resurfacing of Shane Stant, who to
    us is remembered as the hit-idiot in Shawn's "team" who whacked
    Nancy and in the process destroyed Tonya's skating career. But to
    his younger sister Maile Stant, Shane was a totally different
    figure in her life - a hero who raised her and protected her from
    an abusive father. Now, in a new 78-minute documentary, "My
    Hero's Shadow", Maile prepares to confront the dark side of
    Shane's past and come to terms with the fact that her hero is a
    complex multi-faceted figure, neither saint nor villain.

    For the first time, Stant also goes into detail about the
    planning of the attack, as can be seen in this interview he gave
    for Inside Edition:



    Asked about the movie, Stant gives it two thumbs-up, describing
    it as "pretty accurate", saying "I liked it alot". "It was pretty
    cool though because I thought I was more attractive than the
    actor that played me", adding that he would have preferred Dwayne
    "The Rock" Johnson instead. On the subject of whether he thinks
    Tonya was involved, he has this to say:

    When Stant was asked whether he believed Harding knew, he
    shook his head, saying, "I don't know."

    "The only person who really knows is her and Jeff and I guess
    from what I know he's saying she did; she's saying she
    didn't," Stant claims.

    He says he was never in a room with Harding and had never
    formally met her.

    "No one ever told me, 'this is what Tonya wants you to do,'"
    Stant said.

    "I can't say if she did or she didn't - that wouldn't be fair"

    As for Tonya, Stant holds no grudge that she's now getting her
    turn in the spotlight, saying "It's been a super-long time, and
    why not give her the ability to enjoy part of life?".

    What is he up to now? Stant, now 46, reveals that he's now a drug
    dealer - but don't worry, it's all legal. And there's a Kiwi
    connection: his sister, who is actually 20 years younger than
    him, once worked on a farm in New Zealand.






    Directed by Justin Young from Hawaii, "My Hero's Shadow" is, like
    Tonya's story, one of redemption. The film-makers have also
    signed a distribution deal with Roco films so hopefully we'll be
    seeing this one soon.

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/myherosshadow/

    Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ce7iQD8euQ

    A review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVxVkVU8YxM


    was the story as the "I, Tonya" juggernaut hit England back in
    January. And in a scene not seen on that country's TV screens
    since Bill Grundy's infamous confrontation with the Sex Pistols
    way back in '76, Tonya put an annoying limey twit interviewer in
    his place.

    The showdown occurred on ITV's "Good Morning Britain" show when
    host Piers Morgan insisted on dredging up the same tired old
    questions that have been asked of Tonya at least
    2,000,000,000,000,000 times since 1994 rather than focusing on
    what Tonya really wanted to talk about, which was bullying and
    abusive relationships. Apparently pea-brain Piers couldn't get to
    grips with the idea that there's more than one victim in this
    case, and that the fact that Nancy was a victim doesn't exclude
    the fact that Tonya was a victim too. And can someone please
    explain how Nancy had her Olympic dreams "shattered" when she
    actually went to the Olympics and won a silver medal?

    In any case, Tonya was having none of it, and shut him right down
    by nearly walking out. And unlike the Pistols, or Margot Robbie
    in the movie, she didn't have to swear either.

    Now, for the first time, we can reveal what really went on - and
    as usual it's not what the Tonyaphobes in the Lamestream Media
    would have you believe.

    It turns out that when the U.S. representatives from "Good
    Morning Britain" and ITV approached Tonya's management they
    assured them that Piers Morgan had seen the film and LOVED it;
    that he was a huge FAN of Tonya's, and that it would be a short,
    5-minute interview, basically promoting the movie, for which they
    would pay Tonya and provide a limo to and from her home. Tonya
    would be tired from her trip back to Portland that morning from
    the Golden Globes, but everybody agreed it seemed like too good
    an opportunity to pass up.

    In other words, Tonya was promised what seemed like a chance to
    make some easy money for answering some softball questions
    pitched by a fan - what that famous British TV character Arthur
    Daley would call "a nice little earner". What could go wrong? As
    it turned out, plenty - Morgan turned out to be a total cad,
    rotter and bounder, with the interview quickly going from
    softball to hardball - and definitely not cricket, old bean.

    The public, however, sided with Tonya, with the ITV switchboards
    jammed with positive comments towards her, and also inquiries as
    to when the film would open in Britain and at which theaters.
    Tonya's management later received an apology from the ITV Vice
    President in London for Morgan's appallingly rude behavior.

    The rest, we all know. Tonya, having once again been betrayed by
    unethical media, became spooked and a whole pile of other
    interviews were canned. One unfortunate piece of collateral
    damage in the whole affair was Tonya's long-time representative
    Michael Rosenberg, who shortly afterward severed his business
    relationship with her, though he still remains on good personal
    terms with her. We would like to thank Michael for his long
    service and support of Tonya, particularly through some of her
    most difficult times.

    Fortunately, some other Brits treated Tonya with more class, with
    "I, Tonya" winning a BAFTA Award, the British equivalent of the
    Oscars, for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Allison Janney).
    It was also nominated for four others: Best Actress in a Leading
    Role (Margot Robbie), Best Original Screenplay (Steven Rogers),
    Best Makeup & Hair (Adruitha Lee, Deborah La Mia Denaver) and
    Best Costume Design (Jennifer Johnson):



    Often a really great photo is a matter of luck as much as skill.
    Right time, right place, and in the case of Boris Minkevich,
    having the right genes - because that made him tall enough to get
    the shot without obstruction! A news photographer looks back at
    1994 and how one of the year's iconic sports photos was captured
    - Tonya's broken shoelace at the Olympics:


    "It wasn't really until she broke her skate lace that it
    really went bananas."

    "She stops skating and there was silence. An incredible,
    unbelievable pause. I remember it - like, it was silent. No
    one was taking pictures. Everyone was confused, almost."

    Minkevich also faced another problem that modern photographers
    don't have to worry about - the possibility of running out of
    film. Once again, Lady Luck was on his side:

    "I swung over the big lens, and it literally swung over this
    other photographer's head, and I had a perfectly clear view
    of that angle," he says. "All I thought in my head was, 'When
    am I going to run out of film?' We were still in the film
    days, so you had 36 shots. You just buzzed through the film
    hoping you wouldn't hear the sound of the film starting to
    rewind just as the moment was happening."

    Minkevich's photo subsequently won an award in a National Press
    Photographers Association contest:

    "I got third place in the world for Sports Feature," he says.
    "Just some kid from the Prairies who figured out how to get to
    the biggest sporting event in the world."


    It's no surprise that Tonya's story has inspired a huge amount of
    artwork over the years, and the release of "I, Tonya" has
    resulted in another explosion. But this time around, as with the
    Halloween costumes, there's a difference: gone are the crowbars -
    instead it's joyous, triple axel Tonya, or badass, rebellious
    Margot-Tonya, as these samples show:

    Tonya sketch by A Walk in the Art:

    This drawing of Tonya & Nancy by Side Eye Studios evokes the
    famous '94 Olympic team photo:

    Tonya pencil sketch by Andrew Latinen:

    Margot-Tonya headshot watercolor:

    Tonya drawing by Riousart:

    Some have created their own alternative "I, Tonya" posters -
    here's one by Roberta Cerise:
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BgOFMxlB4Bm/ https://www.instagram.com/p/BgMp3-fhRaR/

    Another alternative movie poster showing baby Tonya & LaVona: https://www.etsy.com/listing/621363971/i-tonya-art-print-margot-robbie-allison

    Tonya's relationship with her mother has also inspired this
    Tonya/LaVona drawing by Dashawater:

    Tonya headshot by Bruna Dolenc:

    Tonya head sketch by Robert Llobrera:

    Tonya head watercolor by Conor Eden:

    Crying Tonya candle by miss_corinne1 of Reenies candles: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bgljudgl1eW/

    Three sides of Tonya by Nayties:

    Tonya's triple axel has also proved fruitful creative territory
    for artists - think back to the diorama from a few years back
    that now resides in the THNK1994 Museum in New York. It's
    inspired this fully-functioning kinetic sculpture by tuco_vr:


    A great Triple Axel Tonya drawing from Commander Cookie:


    Is there a Tonyaphile in your life with a birthday coming up? Now
    you know what to give them: a massive 6 x 3 foot (1.8m x 0.9m)
    acrylic painting of Tonya showing her just after she landed the
    triple axel in '91:



    Because as every Tonyaphile knows, you can never have a big
    enough Tonya.


    And finally to finish off, here's a roundup of random Tonya stuff
    we found on Instagram:

    For those who want that authentic '90's playback, here's a copy
    of Sufjan Stevens' Tonya song on "cassingle" (and in blue
    plastic, yet):


    Just makes me want to pull out my 1976 glass & ferrite-head Akai
    GXC-39D tape deck and play this baby.

    Every Olympic year, the Mixed Precipitation theater group of
    Minneapolis/St. Paul put on a performance of "Tonya & Nancy: The
    Opera" (the original classical version). One year they even
    performed it on ice on a frozen lake. Here's the poster for this
    year's performance:


    A cartoon about why people don't watch the Olympics as much as
    they used to:


    Photos from Zachary Grady's "Toe Pick": https://www.instagram.com/p/Bfo1r7iDWiC/ https://www.instagram.com/p/BfSUtOsD43I/

    Back in '99 Tonya was a skating instructor in Portland - this guy
    saved his instructor's ticket:


    Another shot of Tonya & Tommy Wiseau at the Globes:


    Movie advertising spotted on the back of a bus in Italy:


    Tonya with a couple of fans at the Alamo Drafthouse screening in
    San Francisco back in March:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BghsxGjnP6Y/ https://www.instagram.com/p/BgfhT_nnpXE/

    Well, that's all ffffffffffffffolks, as Judge Kavanaugh would
    say. Join us again in another few weeks when we put out our
    annual birthday issue. Until then, as the late Burt Reynolds
    would have likely said in "Smokey & The Bandit", "keep the bugs
    off your glass and the bears off your... er, tail".


    PortIce - http://www.pdxiss.org
    David House - http://www.tonyaharding.org
    Charlie Main - http://www.charliesweb.com/tonya/tonya.html
    Puppetboy - http://www.usapaul.net/tonya/
    Valerie Smith - http://www.olywa.net/radu/valerie/LilHam.html
    Swan Lake - http://members.tripod.com/~TonyaHarding/index.html
    Blades of Gold - http://members.tripod.com/tmhfan/index.html
    THNK1994 Museum - https://www.facebook.com/THNK1994/ *****************************************************************

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