If you don't follow this Olympic ice skater on Twitter yet, you're missing out on some seriously hilarious tweets. On Feb. 13, Adam Rippon sent a tweet to haters who were upset about of his comments on Vice President Mike Pence, and his statement was mostly sincere — but also a little sassy.
In addition to his near-perfect performance during the men's free skate on Feb. 11 (which, if you haven't already watched it, please go do that right now), it's these kinds of comments that have made Rippon a star within the social media stratosphere as of late. After it was announced that the White House had selected Vice President Pence to lead the 2018 U.S. Olympic delegation, the openly-gay 28-year-old athlete told USA Today that, if given the opportunity to meet Pence during the Winter Games, he wouldn't be interested.
“If it were before my event, I would absolutely not go out of my way to meet somebody who I felt has gone out of their way to not only show that they aren’t a friend of a gay person but that they think that they’re sick,” Rippon said in a Jan. 17 interview. “I wouldn’t go out of my way to meet somebody like that."
Rippon's criticism of Vice President Pence has drawn much attention from the media, but he's continued to defend his opinion whenever he's asked. “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 told CNN on Feb. 13. "It's brought a lot of attention to my other teammates," he continued, "and I don't want it to distract from them…I don't want my Olympic experience being about Mike Pence."
As a result of Rippon's recent comments about Pence, however, some people have taken to Twitter to criticize the skater, and — according to a tweet from Rippon on Feb. 13 — don't exactly want to see him succeed.
"To all those who tweet at me saying that they 'hope I fail,' Rippon wrote, "I have failed many times many times in my life." Humbling and sincere, right? Wait for it ... "But more importantly," the skater continued, "I’ve learned from every setback, proudly own up to my mistakes, grown from disappointments, and now I’m a glamazon b*tch ready for the runway."
Yup, he did that. To-date, Rippon's "now I’m a glamazon b*tch ready for the runway" tweet — the phrasing of which was pulled from from an episode of RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked — has been liked by more than 111,000 fans (and counting), and has drawn encouraging comments from the likes of CNN correspondent Jake Tapper, as well as from the official Twitter of RuPaul's Drag Race. "You betta werk!!!" @RuPaulsDragRace tweeted, alongside a runway competition GIF from an episode of the show.
After catching wind of Rippon's earlier statements, Vice President Pence, for his part, tweeted out support for the skater on Feb. 8. ".@Adaripp I want you to know we are FOR YOU," Pence wrote. "Don’t let fake news distract you. I am proud of you and ALL OF OUR GREAT athletes and my only hope for you and all of #TeamUSA is to bring home the gold. Go get ‘em!" And go get 'em, he did. Rippon's stirring performance during the men's free skate competition earned the Olympic rookie (and all of Team USA) a third-place bronze medal.
Despite his rising-star status, however, Deadline reported that Rippon said he'll be spending Valentine's Day solo. "Nobody loves me as much as I love me; so I guess I’ll just be my own Valentine," the skater joked in a press conference. If Twitter's response to Rippon's recent "glamazon" comment is any indication, though, he may actually be one of the most-loved athletes on the planet right now.