Gus Kenworthy is one of the out LGBT athletes at the 2018 Winter Olympics making a name for himself. Alongside 28-year-old figure skater Adam Rippon, the 26-year-old freestyle skier has been a loud and vocal athlete in support of LGBT rights at Pyeongchang. Well, Kenworthy turned up the volume on his level of shade with a tweet calling out anti-gay Vice President Mike Pence. The Gus Kenworthy Twitter comment was posted on Thursday night.
Kenworthy revealed that he had fractured his thumb during training, and he couldn’t resist the chance to take a jab at Pence, who is leading the country’s delegation in South Korea. Sharing a picture of an X-ray and another of his hand in an immovable brace, Kenworthy looked on the bright side in the midst of the accident.
“Broke my thumb yesterday in practice. It won’t stop me from competing (obvi) but it does prevent me from shaking Pence’s hand so… Silver linings!”, he joked.
Broke my thumb yesterday in practice. It won't stop me from competing (obvi) but it does prevent me from shaking Pence's hand so… Silver linings! Will be giving my teammates (and literally everyone else) an enthusiastic "thumbs up!" of encouragement the rest of the trip. pic.twitter.com/XylPPGAq9P
— Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) February 15, 2018
“Will be giving my teammates (and literally everyone else) an enthusiastic “thumbs up!” of encouragement the rest of the trip.”
Despite his injury, Kenworthy is still expected to compete in the slopestyle competition this Sunday, February 18. Shortly after the tweet was posted, a Twitter user commented: “Your obsession with Pence is creepy.”
Kenworthy fired back, pointing out this was the first time he had ever tweeted about Pence.
“This was literally my first tweet ever that mentioned him. You’ve tweeted more about me than I have about him,” he replied. “Soooo actually it looks like YOU’RE the one who is obsessed with ME! And while I’m flattered I’m really just not interested. K thx bye!”
In an interview with CBS This Morning, Kenworthy said growing up in the closet made him “realize the need and the importance of” having openly LGBTQ athletes in sports.
“When I was a kid, I definitely think that my life would’ve been easier if I had someone that was in my position, that was out and gay and proud and successful in their sport,” he said. “So I want to be that person. I want to be able to be a beacon of light for young kids in sports.”
“When we have people elected into office that believe in conversion therapy and are trying to strip trans rights in the military and do these things that are directly attacking the LGBT community, I have no patience,” Kenworthy said. “I am so proud to be from the U.S. and to be from a country where you are able to voice your political opinions and stand up for what you believe in.”
He added, “I think that when you have a platform, you have to use it, especially if you feel very strongly about something.”