Apparently it’s now fine for U.S. Olympic athletes to level unprovoked, profane attacks on presidential daughters

OK, fine, you don’t like her politically and you think she doesn’t support your agenda. I’m not actually sure that’s true where Ivanka is concerned, but whatever. She’s Trump’s daughter and you’re politically anti-Trump. OK. Got it.

Why exactly does that necessitate this?

For those not up to speed on current online lingo, “tf” means “the f***”.

I suppose we can’t ignore this 800-pound gorilla: Kenworthy, like Adam Rippon, is gay and is being hailed as a gay rights ambassador by those enthralled with that movement.

Also like Rippon, he apparently feels the need to go off on anyone connected to the Trump Administration who shows up at the Olympics in support of the U.S. team, regardless of whether the administration member being attacked has said or done anything averse to him.

What is Ivanka doing there? She’s doing what presidents always send representatives to do, which is providing the Olympic team with the imprimatur of the head of state’s support and leadership. Every country at the Olympics will have someone there from its government serving as a titular figurehead of the team. To not do that would be to disrespect the Olympic team in a way that would surely set Twitter alight all its own.

Two questions:

  1. Can you imagine Mike Eruzione, or Dorothy Hamill, or Mark Spitz, or Michael Jordan, or, er . . . Bruce Jenner . . .  taking an unprovoked shot at a president’s son or daughter, regardless of their politics, just because they showed up at the Olympics? And if they did, can you imagine leading cultural voices hailing such behavior as brave and courageous?
  2. Both Kenworthy and Rippon are being lauded for the way they’re representing the gay community. Isn’t it a stereotype of gay men that they tend to be catty? Isn’t that exactly what their respective unprovoked attacks on Mike Pence and Ivanka Trump are, by definition?

Gay community, is this the behavior you want to be associated with? And if so, why?


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