Bristol Palin, is no stranger to controversy. The daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, first received media attention when at the age of 16 and unwed she became pregnant. This may have gone unnoticed except the Palin family was known for touting "family values" and abstinence. Bristol was able to get around this slip by marrying her baby-daddy, Levi Johnston. With that problem solved, Bristol was free to continue her crusade on teaching the world how to live.
Unfortunately, a short time later, the two divorced and Bristol found herself knocked-up and unmarried a second time. Once again she wed the 2nd baby-daddy but sadly that marriage too has recently ended in divorce.
With so many marriages, babies and divorces going on, it's a wonder Bristol has time to keep up on her blog telling everyone how to live a good, clean, American life but she does, and this week she decided to go after Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon.
Bristol's beef with Rippon seems to stem from his refusal to meet with V.P. Mike Pence for supporting the dangerous practice of conversion therapy for gays and lesbians. Bristol wrote in her blog post that:
The cool thing for athletes to do now, apparently, is to snub any invitations to the White House in order to take a stand against the Donald Trump administration … This is a great effort on behalf of the Vice President to reach out with kindness.
In today’s crazy political climate, it’s nice to be kind — even if we have different political views. I hope one day Adam and the Vice President have a chance to sit down together.
In the meantime, I hope Adam — and all of Team USA — do a great job representing our nation well.
Bristol may think it's "cool" to be nice, but as an openly gay man, Rippon takes this issue very seriously and has recently stated that he continues to stand by what he said in multiple interviews on meeting Pence:
You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy?I’m not buying it. To stand by some of the things that Donald Trump has said and for Mike Pence to say he’s a devout Christian man is completely contradictory.
If he’s okay with what’s being said about people and Americans and foreigners and about different countries that are being called ‘s—holes,’ I think he should really go to church.
I just don’t think that’s right and I think there are so many people who also don’t think that’s right and I think right now more than ever I have this window of time to say what I feel and hopefully make a change. My mom has always taught me to stand up for people who don’t have a voice.
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. I wouldn’t go out of my way to meet somebody like that.
People are really over hearing it from Bristol Palin.
Oh, look! An “Abstinence Only” activist who had two kids out of wedlock, who is also a “Tradition Marriage” activist who is getting divorced, is slamming gay activist @Adaripp for sticking by his principles while successfully representing our country.🇺🇸https://t.co/K1bzQ1HSdP— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) February 14, 2018
I thought Palins family had been banished to the trailer park of irrelevance— Louis Murphy (@LJMURPHY1910) February 14, 2018
Umm @BristolsBlog Until you can have a solid education, a marriage that last, an understanding of what real birth control is and stop getting arrested. I suggest you leave the Olympic Athletes alone and let them do incredible athleticism and while you “blog.” #Truth #QuietBristol— Christian Minnicks (@ChoreoChristian) February 14, 2018
Some thought perhaps this was just a cry for attention.
Maybe it's time to go away now?
Well, one would want to listen to her carefully-developed opinion since she backs it up w/so many accomplishments, the one's where she worked tirelessly for years to reach the pinnacle of her chosen field...oh, wait...— Flip&Resist🌊2018 (@tbmom09) February 15, 2018
Congrats to #AdamRippon - wishing him more hard-won success
She’s honestly just trying to stay semi relevant in a world that could care less about what she thinks about an Olympian. 15 minutes were up years ago Bristol— Beth Signorile (@signorile_b) February 15, 2018
She did. But her internal GPS keeps directing her to “Here I Am. Over Here. I Need Attention Land.”— BldHeart❤️Lib (@BldheartLib) February 15, 2018
Hasn't anyone in the Republican party gotten the memo that Adam Rippon is America's sweetheart and that it's not a good idea to attack Olympic athletes?
Adam Rippon is using his platform to let people know that sexual orientation shouldn’t be judged. This isn’t an attack, but an answer to what Pence spouts. Wonder how Pence feels about Bristol? She isn’t in a position to judge anyone else.— Eileen Nadelman (@NadelmanEileen) February 14, 2018
@ Conservatives: If you don't have an Olympic Medal and I don't really care about your take on how an athlete *should* use their platform.— Spooky Refreshments (@Refreshments410) February 14, 2018
Adam Rippon simply refused an invitation from Pence to meet & to go to the WH, he did not attack Pence, but declined to buy into WH using Olympians for publicity, when stated policy by Pence is anti-gay.— ValuesCommon (@ValuesCommon) February 15, 2018
@IVote2018 brought up a very good point. Perhaps it's time for a simple, "Congratulations" and then move along.
OMG! Why isn’t anyone associated w/this ridiculous administration PRAISING and CONGRATULATING our amazing athletes? Could it be they’re not white enough or straight enough?— I Vote (@IVote2018) February 14, 2018
Way to go @Adaripp and fellow American Olympians. You bring a ray of light to dark days here.