Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon, who's representing Team USA, happens to be openly gay. In the past, he has made comments denouncing Vice President Mike Pence and his political policies, which Rippon believes are homophobic. Pence apparently learned of Rippon's words and offered to meet with the Olympian one-on-one.
Rippon stood his ground and basically said "thanks, but no thanks" to a meeting with the VP.
VP Mike Pence was so stung by Adam Rippon’s criticism that he tried to set up a conversation with him. Not backing down, Rippon refused. My @usatodaysports exclusive on the bizarre battle between the VP of the United States — and a figure skater. https://t.co/N1ti0xdIXf— Christine Brennan (@cbrennansports) February 7, 2018
Pence's support of conversion therapy is the most problematic issue in Rippon's opinion:
Openly gay figure skater declined to speak with Pence due to his alleged belief in gay conversion therapy. Pence's press secretary says he doesn't support it, but when asked what the statement at issue referred to... https://t.co/IkiPP1RYno pic.twitter.com/07xIkg60kB— Kate Irby (@kateirby) February 7, 2018
Many people on Twitter applauded him for taking a stand:
While others thought Rippon should have engaged Pence in a dialogue:
Pence doesn't owe him anything either, but he gave him the courtesy of engaging his slander. Seems like I'd want the chance to speak truth to power at the very least.— Tashlan (@TashlanED) February 7, 2018
But most were supportive of the figure skater's decision:
Pence claims Rippon is "misinformed" about the VP's feelings towards homosexuals:
Pence will have to make a public statement if he wants to explain his homophobia, because Rippon isn't interested.