Adam Rippon did not hesitate to call out fellow Olympic figure skater Alexei Yagudin today after the Russian athlete posted homophobic and transphobic comments in response to Rippon donating to a related charity.
“When Olympic gold [medalist], Alexei Yagudin, found out I donated to a charity that helps black trans people he said that he COULDNT WAIT for people like me to die,” wrote Rippon on Twitter today, adding, “Because of that I feel INSPIRED to donate another $1000 to the @TheOkraProject but this time, in his name.”
After Rippon posted that he had made a donation to a charity that supported Black transgender people, Yagudin commented (in Russian) in a now-deleted Instagram Story that people like Rippon were “Earth’s mistake” and asked, “When will you die?”
Rippon, who is also an outspoken LGBTQ+ activist, was quick to call Yagudin out for his hateful comments online in a series of tweets.
Rippon later added to the thread, writing, “There are so many homophobic, transphobic, and racist people in sports and it will not be tolerated. It doesn’t matter how well respected they might be in their own sport. If they are hateful, they suck.”
“He apologized but I don’t accept it,” added Rippon. “He can take his apology, homophobia, transphobia, racist comments, and his Olympic gold medal and shove them up his ass.”
Ultimately, Rippon returned the attention back to the causes he was originally intended to support by writing, “LGTBQ+ people, you rock and are awesome just the way you are. YOU MATTER. BLACK TRANS LIVES MATTER, BLACK LIVES MATTER.”