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Opinion: Adam Rippon Doesn't Owe His Critics a Single F***ing Word

The Winter Olympics are a week away from finishing over in South Korea, and one of its most polarizing players is openly gay figure skater Adam Rippon, who is representing the United States and has done very well during his time there (he won a bronze medal as part of the figure skating team event).

Adam has been extremely vocal about his political opinions, both prior and during his tenure in Pyeongchang.  This is due to Vice President Mike Pence being chosen to lead the US delegation to the 2018 Winter Olympic opening ceremony.  Pence has a major history with his support in anti-LGBT matters, which Adam has spoken about in a very frank and honest matter.  He's said that he did not want to meet with him during the opening ceremony, and he did not want to go to The White House after the games are over, if he's invited or not. 

Of course, he has had to deal with a ton of right-wing and homophobic critics, who in so many words, are a lot like Laura Ingraham in telling him to do a "shut up and skate" sort of thing, but here's the thing Adam: you don't owe them any of that energy.  I think you know this already, but let me reiterate.

It's freaking exhausting that gay athletes have to answer these sorts of questions, when they spend years upon years training and perfecting the sport that they are participating in.  They aren't spending weeks sweating it up with a coach who is telling them all the right and wrong things to say about how homophobic our politicians are, they are practicing doing what they love and what they are good at.  So why is it that all these reporters felt the need to bring up someone who he clearly doesn't want anything to do with?

Has there been a situation, so far in these Olympics, where the press has badgered a straight athlete regarding their opinions about Trump/Pence or anyone in office right now?  I can understand why it is all related, in regards to Pence's anti-LGBT history, but its infuriating how we consistently have to answer these questions in a time where we should be celebrated for our accomplishments and not focusing our efforts on the ones who (allegedly) hate our guts.

Adam doesn't seem to care about this, as he has become a shining beacon for the younger generations (as has Gus Kenworthy) to be authentic self and not give a flying f**k what people think about you.  I just hope that at some point in my lifetime, that these critics, journalists and whatnot stop focusing on someone's sexuality as a prime source of topic, and focus on what got this particular person there. 

A gay man on ice is no different than a straight man on ice, same as a gay man eating a burger is no different than a straight man eating a burger.  They. Just. Do It.  Case closed. 

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Adam got this.  Nancy turned out fine and that was major.  Adam dissed hoes like this grade 1. Look, social media opens one up and thats why i deleted all mine.  Its a sad and lonely place where misery loves company. Just delete it all.  Don't engage because I'm in Atlanta via ch8cago and ill shit talking this Trump person all over but the red state hoes don't say shit. Booboo.  

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"He's said that he did not want to meet with him during the opening ceremony, and he did not want to go to The White House after the games are over, even if he's invited or not."

"(E)ven if he's invited or not." What the heck type of writing is that?! Honest to God, the "journalism" on this site gets more pathetic every day!

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Adam is young and smart. He will go far. He knows his mind. Blessings to him.

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First, why are you listening to the Right Wing media in the first place? Second, Adam Rippon spoke against the Trump administration and the VP prior to the VP’s invitation. He used his celebrity status to make a point. I want to add I think he is correct, but when a celebrity speaks publicly, he/she has to know it may cause problems. What shows their true grit is how they handle it, and he’s handled it well.  

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telling adam rippon to shut and skate is also the homophobic baker to just shut up and bake

these right wing sure doesn't practice what they preach and for certain these right wings are violating adam's free speech

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