On Twitter, our favorite figure skater responded to any Adam Rippon haters who may be out there, also providing a great lesson in the optics of success and failure. He also did it using a RuPaul’s Drag Race quote, upping his level of fabulousness to a much higher level.
To all those who tweet at me saying that they “hope I fail”, I have failed many times many times in my life. But more importantly, I’ve learned from every setback, proudly own up to my mistakes, grown from disappointments, and now I’m a glamazon bitch ready for the runway.
As of press time, the message to Rippon’s haters had 9,000 retweets and 51,00 likes.
The quote, “I’m a glamazon bitch ready for the runway,” is a Kennedy Davenport quote from RuPaul’s Drag Race season 7. She used the sassy saying to explain her phoenix runway look to Katya and Ginger Minj.
Rippon is not just spending time focusing on his haters, he also is making sure he spends time on those who supporting him, too.
Rippon grew emotional at a news conference Tuesday talking about the “overwhelming” support he is receiving and the opportunity his Olympic success has given him to reach young people who might be struggling with their sexuality.
“Being here at the Olympics does give me a louder voice,” Rippon said.
It has given me a platform. It’s given me a voice to reach to young kids. I’ve gotten so many messages I could even get emotional thinking about it, but I’ve gotten so many messages from young kids all over the country that my story’s resonated with them. It’s incredibly powerful this platform that you can have at the Olympic Games.
He added after the news conference that he has started responding to an email from an 18-year-old outside Detroit who had written to Rippon to tell him the skater had given him hope.
“I really want to take my time with this,” Rippon said.
“In the past week, in addition to all the support I’ve gotten, I’ve heard a lot of people say, Adam Rippon should tone it down, and blah blah blah,” he said.
“I can’t. I can’t tone it down.”