Figure skater Adam Rippon was critical of Mike Pence for showing up at the Winter Olympics in South Korea, which of course the media ran with:
Openly gay Olympic athlete Adam Rippon shines light on Mike Pence’s anti-LGBT record https://t.co/So5EdlAgIA
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) February 11, 2018
— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) February 11, 2018
— ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) February 13, 2018
But after all that, Rippon didn’t want that to be the media focus:
During a press conference Tuesday, Rippon — the first openly gay athlete selected to a U.S. Winter Olympic team — said he doesn’t want the attention on his comments on Pence to distract from his teammates.
“I don’t want my Olympic experience being about Mike Pence,” he said, according to CNN.
Rippon added that he stands by the comments he has made about the vice president, whom he has criticized for his views on LGBTQ rights.
“I have no problem about what I’ve said because I stand by it, but I think right now the Olympics are about Olympic competition,” Rippon said.
That guy’s trying to land the triple-axel of mixed messages and win the gold in backpedaling.
Also, Rippon would appreciate it if everybody would quit talking about the aspect of his life he’s been talking about almost constantly:
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) February 13, 2018
Good God… the Olympics need to add a “Projection” competition.