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

November 12, 2018 Edition - ANNUAL TONYA BIRTHDAY EDITION
(C) 2018 Portland Ice Skating Society

Yes, you guessed it, it's Tonya's birthday - she turns 48 today - 
and with it comes the annual birthday edition of "The 
Portlandian". Time has just flown, hasn't it? The wide release of 
"I, Tonya" has seen a massive upsurge in Tonya-related events & 
activities this year, easily the biggest amount of coverage since 
'94, with the highlight being Tonya's invite to the Golden Globes 
and her stint on Dancing With The Stars.

So what better way to celebrate than with a party? And if you're 
in Portland, then you're in luck - the people behind the 
Tonya/Nancy drag queen wrestling match ealier this year have done 
it again. Tonight, they're holding a Tonya birthday party at 
Chapel Hill to celebrate "the baddest bitch in figure skating" as 
they put it. The event starts at 8pm, with a theme of 90s ice 
skaters and will feature 90s music all night and a drag show at 
11pm. Admission is ten bucks or $6.66 (get it?) if you come in 

No word on whether the Golden Girl herself will turn up - but who 


We've great news for Tonyaphiles in the Chicago area - Tonya will 
be in the Windy City next weekend, where she'll be signing 
autographs at the Chicago Sports Spectacular on Friday the 16th. 
The event will take place at the following location:

Donald E Stephens Convention Center
5555 N River Rd,
Rosemont, IL 60018

Most of the other guests are assorted baseball and football 
players, (and a few cast members from "The Sopranos") - so Tonya 
will be right at home.

Tonya will be present from 6:30 - 8:00pm. For the princely sum of 
50 bucks, she will sign an item of your choice. And for an extra 
20, she'll write an inscription (up to 3 words). For another 50, 
you can have your photo taken with her. What better Christmas 
gift for the Tonyaphile in your life?

Okay, so it's not actually a day off in Chicago like Ferris 
Bueller's. But like the John Hughes movie, Tonya's a classic that 
has stood the test of time!


Tonya Halloween costumes have a long history, here's one of the 
very earliest ones from the 90's:

This was the first Halloween since "I, Tonya" went into full 
release, and as predicted, thousands of fake Tonya's, Nancy's, 
Lavona's and even the odd Shawn were spotted trick or treating or 
at parties across the United States, with sightings from Chapel 
Hill, NC. to Phoenix AZ.

So let's take a look at some of the best ones. In addition to the 
now inevitable re-enactments of "The Incident" (which we've 
pretty much left out), here's some of the best ones. First up, 
the celebrities: some went the bad taste route - here's Chloe 
Grace Moretz as a bloody Tonya, though in 1991-costume rather 
than '94:

and Trisha Yearwood of The Food Network:

But then Halloween has never been about good taste.

Another Margo - country singer Margo Price is a bit more classy. 
Her costume was made by an outfit called Solstice Intimates.

Now onto what ordinary civilians did - and some of them are just 
as good. This one re-creates an iconic pose:

Many were inspired by Triple Axel Tonya, recreating her teal-blue 

Everyone knows that Tonya loves a game of pool. So why not Tonya 
on a pool table?

Some channeled the costumes that Tonya wore to Albertville:

Others a crying Tonya from Lillehammer:

Smoking Tonya was another favorite:

Some recreated the movie posters:

Some went with companions:

Tonya & Jeff:

An unusual pair: Nancy & Jeff

Tonya, Nancy & Jeff

Second only to Tonya in popularity was Tonya's mom, with plenty 
of phony LaVona's around as well, either on their own, or with 

Tonya and Lavona

Tonya, Jeff and LaVona:

Nancy, Tonya, LaVona, Jeff:

Some went the full monty - Nancy, Jeff, Tonya, Shawn & LaVona:

Hmmm... something familiar about these two... a couple of staff 
at TMZ celebrate Tonyaween:

Actually, given the amount of mileage TMZ has got out of Tonya 
over the years, they should be sticking up a statue of her in 
their lobby, not just dressing up.

What happens when you combine Tonya & Nancy with another famous 
'90s scandal, JonBenet Ramsey? Why, baby Tonyas, of course!

And finally, here's something you don't see everyday - Tonya and 
a T-Rex:

All of which raises the question: did Margot Robbie dress up as 
Tonya - and was Tonya dressed up as Margot?


Those reappraisals of Tonya that started with Sarah Marshall's 
"Remote Control" five years ago just keep on coming in. The 
latest is this one from Jessica Brofsky of Kitsch Mag who 
describes Tonya as "A Shining American Star":

   If the movie dissolves truth—complicating it with unreliable   
   narrators and overlaid contradictory actions, with Harding’s 
   abuse by her own mother, her own husband, by the United States 
   Figure Skating Association (USFSA), by the media—it is because 
   there was no truth in the case to begin with.

   Tonya was 23 at the time of the incident. It took another 23 
   years for people to listen, and at that point she wasn’t even 
   asking them to. But her story and her silencing was never just 
   about Tonya; she was always a constellation of truths.


In recent months several Tonya classics have been reissued as e-
books in the wake of the movie.

Abby Haight & Julie Vader's "Fire On Ice", written by two 
Oregonian journalists, was one of two quicky paperbacks published 
in February 1994 to cash in on interest surrounding the incident: (has a nice, rare photo of Tonya 

The second, "Thin Ice: The Complete, Uncensored Story of Tonya 
Harding" by Frank Coffey & Joe Layden, has also been republished 
in electronic format.

Both are pretty much essential reading for any budding 
Tonyaphile, and with dead-tree versions going for ridiculous 
prices these days thanks to the movie these reissues are welcome. 
Be aware, however, that both are straight reprints of 1994 
versions, with no updates, so the story finishes around the end 
of January '94.

Also out in e-book is "Women on Ice" by Cynthia Baughman, a 
collection of feminist essays about the scandal published in 
1995. This one is less readable than the others and at almost 42 
bucks just for a digital copy you'd be better off buying used or 
seeing if you can get it from a library. As with the others, it's 
not updated:

Meanwhile, you can read Tonya's own story in an updated second 
edition of "The Tonya Tapes":

It's the perfect last-minute (digital) stocking-stuffer for any 


Part 2 of our series showcasing Tonya-inspired artworks.

Many have been inspired by Tonya's triple axel:

jasonedwarddavis -

Kristen Gish -

Isaac Evans -

Anna Konson -

Juliene -

Ulcy -


Imile Wepener -

ninkane -

blis_digitalart -

smallawuw -

Smoking Tonya is a recurring theme:

Tia Jasmin -

Adri Ag Pi -

Amy Hall -

Henry Boon -
Henry says he hadn't heard about Tonya before:

  Really enjoyed this film and the story behind it. Hadn’t heard 
  about Tonya Hardings misfortune in the figure skating world 
  before. It’s such a shame as she was an incredible figure 
  skater. Worth a watch if you’ve not seen it yet.

warren_peace82 takes the Sharp Edges-era look as an inspiration:

Some were inspired by scenes in the movie that didn't actually 
happen in real life - first up, blood-covered Tonya:

Kaida Lacerda -

Blaine Bourgeois -

Benita Gianina -

Pin Post's suck my d**k pin captures one of I, Tonya's most 
memorable moments:

Dorian Horvatic of Croatia's recreation of the SMD sequence in 
graphite pencil on A4 hammer paper took 12 hours of work:

This movie was so great - I watched it with @giamboldini and 
@tany_imnida on New Year’s Eve, at 4 AM - because why not. We 
were all still hyped but in need of a good flick, so we went with 
this, and boy, were we swept off our feet. Margot was 
extraordinary in the role od Tonya, and Allison Janney as Tonya’s 
mother was nothing short of breathtaking - I am very glad they 
both recieved Oscar nominations for their roles. Sebastian Stan 
was also great. It tells Tonya’s story really well and I know 
some people still think she knew about the assault, maybe even 
plotted it herself - but I find that harder to believe than what 
was told in the movie. The events are very complex but that’s 
what it makes it most likely to be true - life is never simple, 
things get out of hand and you turn around to find yourself in a 
place you thought you’d never be in. So I was motivated to draw 
this scene, the “suck my dick” scene where Tonya curses out the 
judges for not giving her a fair shot; this scene felt so right.

Tonya's mother LaVona often crops up frequently:

Laura Tran -

Louisa Esposito -

Steven Mellina -

Zach Nutman takes an LGBT perspective on the affair:

Steve Krell - Lillehammer '94 Tonya:

Rachel E - a t-shirt featuring an asthmatic Tonya:

Ana Elisa presents what looks like an illustrated review in 
Spanish. But you don't need to know much Spanish to understand 
"Es Un Imbecil" for Shawn:

Luis Alberto Correa says "like what if I, Tonya were an 80s 
anime? I mean it was perfect, but still, like, what if?"

KaitiVanWormer - Tonya reflecting on her life in her kitchen:

bb_doodles - "Also i've been so curious about Tonya Harding's 
story, she really is a peach tbh"

Ara M. Acevedo recreates the 3axel & mirror scenes:

And finally, JB slusher has come up with something unusual - a 
Tonya/Nancy dirty/clean magnet for the dishwasher (which is the 
"clean" side depends on whether you're a Tonyaphile or not, I 

More next time.


Here at the PDXISS we're used to correcting errors about Tonya. 
But a few months ago we had the opportunity to correct one of an 
unusual kind, even by our standards.

Matthew Currie is an astrologer. And he's written two in-depth 
analyses of Tonya's star charts:

But one of his charts contained a glaring deficiency - his one of 
"the incident". Matthew didn't know the exact time of the attack, 
so he just made the assumption it was 12 noon on the 6th of 
January. We supplied him with the correct time - approx 14:40 
Detroit time.

Now some people might think that astrology is alot of "Taurus in 
retrograde motion through Uranus". Or in other words, bullshit. 
But in these days of fake news, we at the Special Duties Section 
think that it's important that even bullshit should be done 
right. And thanks to us, Tonya's astrology chart is now ACCURATE 

Once again with Tonya, everyone has their own truth.

I mean, her three planet stellium in Scorpio was opposed by a 
close Moon-Saturn conjunction in Taurus? Jeez - this chick just 
didn't stand a chance...


Or, LaVona's Sixth Husband speaks out.

We finish with a surprise birthday present. In this exclusive 
interview with "Entertainment Weekly", one of the unexpected 
stars of "I, Tonya", Little Man, spills the beans on working with 
Allison Janney (with a bit of help from Steven Rogers, who 
"assisted" with his answers to the questions):

That's it for another issue. And remember, if you're 
participating in "Movember", just don't go totally over the top 
and grow a "Gilloolystache". Because that would be going way too 


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