The world is struggling right now, y’all. But you don’t need me to tell you that. Just a few minutes watching the evening news or dipping your toes in the cesspool that is the Internet right now, and you’ll see it. Maybe if we unplug the country for a few minutes, we can reboot? Or maybe we just set it all ablaze and start fresh? I don’t know. Either way we need a reset, folks. We need a glimmer of hope in these dark times. We need a hero who can show us the way and lead us into brighter, happier, shinier times. Well…
Behold, Adam Rippon. The Olympic figure skater we just can’t get enough of.
And for good reason.
After publicly refusing to meet with Vice President Mike Pence, who has supported gay conversion programs, Adam made it clear that he’s not gonna take shit from anyone. He’s all “miss me with your bullshit, I’m too busy twirling in my own sass, pizzazz and sparkle” — which, quite frankly, is something I think we could all sign on to right about now.
He is confident AF…
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.
— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) February 13, 2018
while also being adorably humble…
“Who’s had a better #Olympics than you?”
— NBC News PR (@NBCNewsPR) February 19, 2018
…and he brings a hefty dose of inspiration with an IDGAF attitude.
FUN FACT: Being true to who you are and not giving a shit about what others think about you is an awesome and liberating thing whether you are gay or not – Sometimes we the gays need to be reminded more often but, LIKE, EVERYONE SHOULD TRY IT, FOR REAL. JUST DO IT.
— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) February 14, 2018
He can also be a total savage when it comes to clap-backs and throwing shade, and he’s not here for your bullshit. (And we love that.)
The REAL one for I did for TV says “my mom” but, like, I needed this one for myself because it was the first thing that actually popped in my head and I thought I was so funny. pic.twitter.com/aC5X7wQ7bY
— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) February 5, 2018
He understands the importance of proper self-care and grooming habits.
I was recently asked in an interview what its like to be a gay athlete in sports. I said that it’s exactly like being a straight athlete. Lots of hard work but usually done with better eye brows.
— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) December 28, 2017
He’s a proud American, and actually turned down an offer from NBC to be a commentator for the rest of the Olympics so that he could fully support his teammates. Like I said, he’s a national freaking treasure.
… and he’s just like the rest of us — shopping at Kohl’s before racing through the Taco Bell drive-thru. Okay, so maybe not.
This is a shot from my shoot with @GQMagazine – I’m sitting in a Kohl’s parking lot bush. With the lights from the Taco Bell next door twinkling in my eye, Ryan Pfluger has never made me feel more beautiful. pic.twitter.com/fO2568HJJJ
— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) February 10, 2018
He knows the value of loving yourself and being your own biggest fan.
Me with the love of my life (myself) pic.twitter.com/jonnFldaxA
— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) November 17, 2017
And “me time” takes on a whole new meaning with Adam.
A little “me” time sounds nice pic.twitter.com/DxtsMxUfJy
— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) October 20, 2017
And best of all, Adam knows that everything — absolutely everything — is made a little better with a shoulder shimmy.
You go, Adam. We’re here for it. ALL OF IT. Shine on.