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Mike Pence is heading up the US Olympic delegation in Pyeongchang for the 2018 Winter Olympics. He has Mother in tow, of course, so that he can talk to the lady athletes if needed.
But he doesn’t need his wife to chaperone him tweeting to openly gay Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon, which is exactly what he did after Rippon reportedly rejected his offer to meet.
What started all of this was Rippon’s comments about Mike Pence’s alleged homophobia and support for “conversion therapy.”
There’s no shortage of gay and bisexual athletes in the world, and the Olympics are no exception.
Many of these athletes are not yet out, however. Olympians often hope to profit from sponsorships, and since their very existence can be controversial and lead to calls for boycotts, some find it easier to remain in the closet.
That harmful and homophobic culture is (very slowly) changing. And openly gay figureskater Adam Rippon is a great example.
Naturally, he was asked for his thoughts about Vice President Mike Pence, who is notorious for his conservative views and seen as an enemy of the LGBT community, leading the American Olympic delegation.
Rippon replied: “You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy? I’m not buying it.”
Conversion therapy, of course, is “treatment” in which LGBT people are subjected to emotional and psychological torment until they convince themselves that they’re, well, straight. Sometimes self-hating people sign up, sometimes parents force their gay children into it.
Rippon’s comment, referring to Mike Pence’s infamous stint as Indiana Governor that saw him accused of homophobia and laying out policies that harmed the LGBT community among others, did not go unnoticed.
Mike Pence tweeted this:
“Headed to the Olympics to cheer on #TeamUSA. One reporter trying to distort 18 yr old nonstory to sow seeds of division. We won’t let that happen! #FAKENEWS. Our athletes are the best in the world and we are for ALL of them! #TEAMUSA.”
He then tweeted at Adam Rippon, directly.
“.@Adaripp I want you to know we are FOR YOU. Don’t let fake news distract you. I am proud of you and ALL OF OUR GREAT athletes and my only hope for you and all of #TeamUSA is to bring home the gold. Go get ‘em!”
Adam Rippon reportedly declined an invitation to meet with Mike Pence. He is, however, reportedly open to the idea of a meeting after the Olympics.
Responses to that have been mixed.
There are certain people who feel that a polite sit-down is common courtesy, regardless of ideological differences.
Others disagree, citing that different opinions on tax law is very different from “opinions” that certain groups of people aren’t entitled to basic human rights, and that oppressed minorities don’t owe anything to the people in power who work against them.
Adam Rippon, however, has other things on his mind right now: the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
“Tonight I walked in the #OpeningCeremony and got to watch my old friend @Yunaaaa light the Olympic flame. Representing the USA is one of the greatest honors of my life and being able to do it as my authentic self makes it all so much sweeter.”
In the mean time, Mike Pence — who famously opposes mixing politics with sports, as he demonstrated with that absurd walk-out stunt last year — notably refused to stand for the joint Korean delegation.
Why? Probably because of Trump’s hardline approach to North Korea.
Twitter is roasting him, calling him out for hypocrisy.
No one questions that the North Korean regime is monstrous and an affront to human rights.
People do question why someone would object to North and South Korea reconciling, since peace between the two nations seems like the best way to put North Korea on a path to softening its stances and allowing human rights to flourish.
Some believe that Mike Pence’s overture towards Rippon was yet another calculated political stunt to make him appear to be less hostile to LGBT rights than he actually is.
Pence can say what he likes, after all, but his history as Governor of Indiana speaks for itself and has nothing nice to say.
And it doesn’t help that Trump reportedly “joked” that Pence would love to see all ay people hang.
Others, however, feel that perhaps the tweet was genuine.
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In exchange for that child support being doubled, Blac Chyna agreed to drop her domestic violence allegations against him. We’re sure that Rob was relieved.
But do you know what Chyna didn’t drop? The revenge porn charges. And it sounds like, if he doesn’t already, Rob is going to live to truly regret those foolish posts that he made back in July.
You know, for a hot minute there, Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna were one of the most famous couples on the planet.
Now they’re famous, embittered exes.
They used to share a home.
Now they share a 10-month-old infant daughter, Dream.
And, of course, they likely some court dates in their future.
Sure, they settled their custody dispute.
They have joint custody, with Rob reportedly getting just a hair more time with Dream.
In the mean time, Rob will pay Blac Chyna $ 20,000 per month. Every month.
Rob was initially refusing to go past $ 10,000 per month, but Blac Chyna agreed to drop the domestic violence claim against him.
Oh, and Rob also paid Blac Chyna’s legal fees.
But Rob Kardashian’s revenge porn attack against Blac Chyna, made in the wee hours of that fateful Wednesday morning in early July, has yet to be resolved.
As we’re sure that you remember, Rob Kardashian posted private, nude photos of Blac Chyna, sharing images of her naked butt, bare breasts, and even of her vulva.
All because he was angry that she was “cheating” on him, even though they were broken up and she could hook up with whomever she liked.
Now, posting nudes of your ex without their consent is called revenge porn. There used to be a whole website dedicated to it, and there was a very long legal battle that basically one mom went through to get it taken down.
But yes, revenge porn is very, very illegal. And that case with Rob and Chyna has not in any way been resolved.
It sounds like Blac Chyna knows how she wants this to end, however.
TMZ reports that Blac Chyna is seeking 7 figures from Rob Kardashian.
In addition to the personal damages involved in revenge porn, Chyna is reportedly pissed as hell over having lost out on some product endorsement deals.
See, when Rob shared her nudes, he also announced that he’d paid for Chyna to have weight loss surgery. He offered the photos to the world as proof.
(Just to be spiteful, we guess)
So fitness-related endorsements don’t work so well when it’s revealed that you lost weight via surgery instead of with one of those ridiculous weight-loss teas or something.
Which, from what we understand, means that Blac Chyna can seek financial damages to compensate for her losses that were a direct result of Rob’s actions.
TMZ says that if Rob doesn’t go ahead and pony up a sizable check for an out-of-court settlement, then they’ll duke it out in the courtroom.
Given how well-publicized Rob’s actions were, it’s hard to imagine him coming out on top.
RadarOnline‘s source says that Blac Chyna is out for revenge over the revenge porn.
“Chyna wants Rob to pay for what he did to her.”
That sounds fair, honestly.
“She knows what Rob is worth and she wants him to apologize with a huge check.”
You can look at that sort of thing as millionaires getting out of legal trouble by paying a lot of money.
Or you can look at it as a victim getting a better life as a result of what happened to them. There’s more than one kind of justice, you know?
“Chyna wants millions from Rob. Millions. Like seven or eight figures to make up for the nasty things he did to her. And if he doesn’t settle with her on this, she is not afraid to file a civil lawsuit against him”
She’ll be better off settling, because civil lawsuits that are decided by the court tend to have caps on damages that can be awarded.
But Rob might want to save himself the headache and just pay up.
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