Olympian figure skater Adam Rippon and freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy have a new famous fan in pop icon Britney Spears. The hitmaker tweeted encouraging messages to the athletes ahead of their final competitions in the Winter Olympics.
— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) February 16, 2018
— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) February 17, 2018
Rippon and Kenworthy are the first openly gay men to compete in the Winter Olympics. Both athletes have been critical of Vice President Mike Pence’s poor record on LGBTQ rights.
“I’m very lucky because legislation that he’s pushed hasn’t affected my life at all,” Rippon told Good Morning America. “I spoke out because there are people whose lives have been affected by changes he’s tried to make. I spoke out for them because right now I have a voice.”
Kenworthy has been clear about his stance as well: “To have someone leading the delegation that’s directly attacked the LGBT community … it just seems like a bad fit,” the skier said during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “I feel like the Olympics is all about inclusion and people coming together, and it seems like it’s not really doing that.”
It was announced on Tuesday (Feb. 13) that GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, will honor Spears at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles at Beverly Hilton on April 12.