Adam Rippon: I Don’t Want My Olympics To Be About Mike Pence But I Won’t Stop Being Myself [VIDEO]

CNN reports:

Speaking Tuesday, Rippon regretted his feud with Pence overshadowing the Olympics itself: “It’s brought a lot of attention to my other teammates and I don’t want it to distract from them.”

“I don’t want my Olympic experience being about Mike Pence,” he said. Despite that, the US figure skating star, who was part of the American roster that won the bronze medal in Monday’s team competition, said he will keep using his platform.

“I can’t tone it down. I’m being me and being myself,” Rippon said. “I’ve got so many messages from kids all over the country — I’m getting so emotional thinking about it — I think that’s why it’s so important. I think as an athlete I use this platform to my advantage. I think it’s giving my skating a greater purpose,” he added.

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)
    • Snownova

      Is.. is that COMIC SANS in the menu on the left? Good grief.

      Also on him saying “2 out of 3 smokers don’t die of smoking related illness” Fucking hell, asbestos probably has a better track record than that! 30% fatality is not something to sneeze at. Most plagues would be pressed for such a kill rate.

      • dafs

        drunk driving may kill a lot of people, but it also helps a lot of people get to work on time, so, it;s impossible to say if its bad or not,— wint (@dril) May 9, 2014

    • safari

      I’m going to go with second hand smoke being the larger danger

      The relevant question is, what is more harmful to the nation, second hand smoke or backhanded big government disguised in do-gooder healthcare rhetoric?”

    • Steverino

      Funded by (surprise, surprise) the Koch Brothers.

    • Gerry Fisher

      And what the heck is so “christian” about any of this crap? [rhetorical]

  • misterjack

    Give ’em hell, Adam!

  • Bambino

    Somewhere Mother-May-I is screaming at his aide to go through a list of Olympians who is not gay or belongs to a minority group that has the potential to win a medal that also willing to participate in a photo op with him.

  • His mother is also pretty cool:

    Rippon’s mother, Kelly, who will be in Pyeongchang for her son’s Olympic debut, said people still tell her they are praying for her and her gay son.

    “Or I’m praying against you,” she told The Orange County Register.

    “One person came up to me and said ‘I’m still praying he just meets the right girl.’ And I’m thinking what? Aren’t there other things you should be praying for. World famine? Shouldn’t you use your prayers for something that might happen?”

  • glass
    • greenmanTN

      Lips pinched up tighter than a cat’s asshole!

      • Robincho

        And if the eyes get any closer together it’ll be like Lila from Futurama…

        • bzrd

          in days past it was
          close set criminal eyes

      • perversatile

        Has farts that only dogs can hear.

    • Self-Loathing Closet Case. I mean, who is he kidding?

  • JoeMyGod
    • Strepsi

      I love this guy.

    • IDavid

      A star is born.

    • Nic Peterson

      How different many of our lives might have been, had we seen this at an early age.

  • Bluto
    • He’s definitely not a styling, profiling, limousine-riding, jet-flying, kiss-stealing, wheeling-dealing son of gun. (woo!)

    • Strepsi

      everything about your post is funny but i somehow laughed at “at best” 😀

    • Renfield

      Is this from Dancing with the Stars?

  • alc2018

    Adam for President; right now damnit!!

  • SkokieGuy

    O/T – Because we need more billionaires funding conservative propoganda outlets:

    “Ben Shapiro’s Website Eyes Buying Glenn Beck’s The Blaze. The fracking billionaire brothers behind Shapiro’s Daily Wire website are looking to expand their conservative media holdings—that seems to include Glenn Beck’s crumbling empire”

    The the “Librul Media” fantasy of the right just won’t die.

  • Joe in PA
    • JT

      Pence: One more. This time stroke your nipples.

      • Joe in PA

        Ahem, that might be wishful thinking on your part JT, but ok. 🙂

      • Strepsi

        aaand a third one. This time stroke my nipples

    • Reality.Bites
      • Robincho

        I wanna be the one able to say, “I bred Pita”…

        • Reality.Bites

          In Britain the bread is spelled “pitta”

          It would be so nice for Pita to be able to walk down the street there, shirtless and oiled up, and not be subject to cruel taunts about his name.

        • JCF

          Or I spread Pita? ;-/

    • IDavid

      In Pence’s dreams.

  • safari
    • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

      That was beautiful. Thanks, safari.

  • netxtown

    Stay strong…and stay on course. Don’t think for a second that the Pence Posse won’t try to tear you down. Their hate has no limit.

    • edrex

      and neither does our love.

      • JCF

        And our Love is STRONGER!

        • prixator

          LOVE WINS!

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)
  • Reality.Bites

    I get the “not stop being me” part, but Adam could you still be you and maybe not wear so many shirts?

    • Lars Littlefield

      It’s cold in S. Korea.

  • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

    These games are not about Pence and never will be. One month from now all anyone is going to remember is how great Adam and the other athletes were.
    BTW, Shouldn’t Pence and Mother have left South Korea by now?

    • safari

      I haven’t seen the sun go dark and the ravens begin to fly… but I am a little south of their airplane’s course back to DC.

  • j.martindale

    A class act. Charming young man with more than his share of smarts.

  • OdieDenCO

    using your spotlight to send the cockroaches scurrying for cover is Art in it’s highest form

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    I wonder which pride parades are vying to get Adam and Gus to be Grand Marshals!

  • frogview

    I love this boy. He has it all together .

  • DesertSun59

    The Olympics has never been, isn’t and will never be about Mike Pence.

    • It Takes a Village, People

      Pretty clever how he made it about himself, right?

    • pj

      he trashes the gay to please his religious base. he thinks we are weak and scared. lol

    • Ann Kah

      Remember that stunt when he walked out of a football game because players were kneeling during the anthem? I guess he didn’t notice that he was not missed at all.

  • IDavid

    Does anyone else here tear up when Ripp skates? I sure do. Touches my soul.

    • Etranger

      Wow – unfortunately I had missed his original skating but just watched the youtube video and he was amazing. You are right – he just interpreted that so beautifully.

      • IDavid

        Watch a you tube vid where he does quads, it’s pure magic.

  • Billy Eichner nailed it yesterday. If you need an example of how homophobic sports is, here we go. It’s 2018 and we just for the first time had an out gay male athelete win a medal…IN MEN’S FIGURE SKATING!!!

    • James

      The entire sport of figure skating is relentlessly heterosexist, with teams required to comprise one “lady” and one “man,” rules about what they can wear (skirts for the “ladies”), and so on.

    • prixator

      Um, I hope that you (or Eichner) left out “in the Winter Olympics” because Matthew Mitcham won a gold medal at the Summer Olympics in 2008 in diving. He was out at that time.

      • Thanks for the correction. He was probably more accurate than I was. In any case, thanks for the info. I think I remember that.

        • prixator

          Actually, after I posted that I looked to make sure I remembered correctly and I found this (that I did not know) from Mitcham’s Wikipedia page:

          Mitcham gained media coverage in Australia as reporters thought he was the first Australian to compete at the Olympic Games as an openly gay man at the time of his competition. However, Mathew Helm, the Australian diver who won the silver medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in the men’s 10m platform, had publicly announced he was gay before the Olympics began

          So, I guess Matthew Mitcham was the first openly gay male athlete to win a gold medal in any Olympics, but not the first openly gay male to medal. I’m glad to learn something new.

  • IDavid

    Until Mike Pence makes a public statement that he does not endorse conversion therapy, I would recommend Rippon has no contact with the vice president. I feel there has to be an aggressive specific public effort by the Trump Administration to support LGBT people before they get their Olympic photo op meeting. Rippon is after all, a Star.

    • BobSF_94117

      Why would a public lie change anything?

      • IDavid

        Just the statement would not be enough. Some show of action in legislature would have to accompany.

  • dempseyzdad

    I have loved Adam for years…but I do wish he wouldn’t have made the comment about taking a Xanax and a drink. Xanax is not meant to be taken with alcohol and joking or not, an icon needs to censor himself sometimes.

    • prixator

      He’s still learning to be a celebrity. I was a bit put off when he said (paraphrasing) ” without passion, you have no reason to live”. As someone with severe depression – who hasn’t felt “passion” for anything in years – that sounds like a suggestion to kill myself.

      I know that’s not at all what he meant, but it was insensitive. But, I’m sure he’ll learn.

  • Etranger

    He is a great role model for those who need to be themselves and fight for themselves and others.

  • Sporkfighter

    Adam Rippon has taken the opportunity lots of old gay men fought to give him, and he’s run with it. Allies have helped, but gay men with the courage to come out of the closet should be proud of what they’ve made possible for so many.

    Cheer like he was your own nephew.