No, Nancy Kerrigan Has Not Seen I, Tonya and Has 'Nothing to Say' About It

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For one, Nancy Kerrigan is not thinking about 1994. Second, she’s too busy to be thinking about 1994.

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What does she have to say about the renewed interest in the Tonya Harding scandal? The documentary? The film about the incident? Tonya Harding’s redemptive narrative?

She’s got nothin’. In a phone interview with a Boston Globe reporter, Kerrigan avoided commenting in depth about the attack, which Harding has long claimed not to have orchestrated. (Harding has since confirmed that she was at the least aware “something was up” a month before it happened).

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For her part, Kerrigan says she hasn’t seen I, Tonya (you’d think she’d be interested), so she can’t talk about it. “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,” Kerrigan told the Globe. “I really have nothing to say about it. I haven’t seen anything. I haven’t watched anything.”

What about Tonya, I wondered. Is Nancy bothered by Hollywood’s portrayal of Tonya? Any comment?

“I don’t know,” said Kerrigan. “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.”

Skate on, because there’s nothing to see here. Stop reading this blog post about a person saying nothing and go live your life.

Kerrigan’s husband and agent, Jerry Solomon, says there may come a time when Kerrigan is ready to speak but not now. “Our position at this point is to say nothing. When we collectively, or Nancy individually, decide what to do, when we are ready to say something, we will,” he says. “But until that time, we’ve been very consistent—and as you can imagine I’m getting calls from everybody under the sun from all around the world—so just to be consistent we’re really not saying anything at this point.”

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thehighwomaninthecastle
The High Woman In The Castle

Tonya was definitely a victim of sexist double standards long before the attack. She was rough around the edges, and she was downgraded for it as opposed to being ranked on her sport, but NFL players can do drugs, commit domestic abuse, get physically violent, and mouth off publicly and no one cares.

That said, I’m with Nancy here. I hate being a victim and mired in drama. I get why she doesn’t want to dwell. That attack isn’t what she should be known for, and it is.

What bugs me most of all is why Tonya went to the Golden Globes and palled around with celebs at the premieres. She still had a responsibility in the attack. WTF are we glorifying her for?

This country claims to hate bullying, but we reward bullying every single damn day.