Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Gay olympic skater creates stir by refusing to talk to Pence over conversion therapy issue



Gay Olympic skater Adam Rippon turned down a meeting with Vice President Mike Pence in Pyeongchang, and Pence even tried to have the meeting anyway, but is not commenting now.
   
MSN has one of the media stories with USA Today Sports, here
  
Rippon apparently mentioned Pence’s past support of conversion therapy.

The exchange is particularly embarrassing because Pence was also trying to deal with the loss of college student Otto Warmbier, which had occurred before the escalatingPe series of missile tests in 2017.  The incident is embarrassing as the U.S. faces existential threats of eventual nuclear war with North Korea.

Gus Kenworthy is also skating. Kenworthy attracted attention in the 2014 Sochi Olympics when he adopted an abandoned mother dog and four puppies.


Pence has made strong statements warning North Korea, which plans a military “parade” tomorrow, many items of which may be fake.
  
On the video, I could do without Kenworthy’s tattoos.

Wikipedia attribution link   Korean Culture ministry, under CCSA 2.0.

Update:  Feb. 8

Rippon's mother appeared on CNN this morning with Chris Cuomo and indicated that Adam didn't want to be distracted during performance.  There are reports that he will be willing to meet with Pence when the Olympics are over, which has some geopolitical significance. 

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