Adam Rippon Throws ‘Drag Race’-Style Shade at Haters: ‘I’m a Glamazon B–ch’



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Haters gonna hate — but Adam Rippon doesn’t care. The Olympic figure skater (and recent bronze medalist) fired back at those who are still hating on him while he’s owning the 2018 Winter games in Pyeongchang.
The openly gay Olympian took to Twitter on Tuesday to throw some more shade at the viewers who are hoping he does not succeed in his endeavors. And because this comeback is on another level, he may have finally silenced them.
“To all those who tweet at me saying that they ‘hope I fail’, I have failed many times many times in my life,” Rippon tweeted. “But more importantly, I’ve learned from every setback, proudly own up to my mistakes, grown from disappointments, and now I’m a glamazon bitch ready for the runway.”
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Ouch! However, it should be noted Rippon borrowed his fantastic quip from “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Though RuPaul himself doesn’t seem to mind, seeing as he has already retweeted his fellow glamazon.
Rippon also has just as many (if not more) lovers than haters. One being actress Reese Witherspoon. Just saying.
See Rippon’s fiery comeback below.
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To all those who tweet at me saying that they “hope I fail”, I have failed many times many times in my life. But more importantly, I’ve learned from every setback, proudly own up to my mistakes, grown from disappointments, and now I’m a glamazon bitch ready for the runway.
— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) February 13, 2018

The broadcasters of the Olympics opening ceremonies in this century tend to wax poetic about the majesty and unity of these events. The show is a glitzy, often over-produced pageant. But sometimes those broadcasters aren’t exaggerating at all, and the best of the best opening ceremonies are a stunning showcase of national culture and pride. This year’s Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea are bright and early at 6 a.m. ET. And they’d better be as good as some of these ones, ranked by TheWrap from great to best.
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9. 2014 – Sochi
Russia’s take on the opening ceremony was elegant and graceful, if slightly underwhelming. A little girl floats through the stadium chasing a kite and a ballet of “Swan Lake” gives way to the Olympic symbol of the Dove of Peace. There was a technical error at one point: Five snowflakes were meant to grow into the Olympic Rings, but only four expanded.
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8. 2010 – Vancouver
Vancouver’s opening ceremony was perfectly Canadian and tasteful, transforming the stage into a massive ocean of cracking ice caps and graceful whales. It also featured a performance from a fiddler and K.D. Lang singing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” which got the audience swooning, if not with their jaws on the floor.
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7. 2012 – London
Director Danny Boyle played up Britain’s star power for the London Games opening ceremony, staging an elaborate opera of sorts in which Kenneth Branagh proclaimed the birth of a new British village. From there, the humble pastures of green gave way to the industrial revolution and a bunch of Oliver Twist orphans in beds parading around stage underneath a giant puppet Lord Voldemort that looked like something out of Pink Floyd’s “The Wall.” Mr. Bean showed up at one point, too. Weirdest of all, though, was a filmed sketch in which James Bond, played by Daniel Craig, escorted the Queen (yes, the real Elizabeth) to the ceremony and followed her as she leaped out of a helicopter. (Clearly the helicopter stunt was performed by a stunt person.) 
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6. 2006 – Torino
Only Italy could go from an homage to the Renaissance and Dante to a red Ferrari rally car wildly spinning out on stage. So yeah, this was kind of a mess. But this opening ceremony earns points for featuring the final public performance from the tenor Luciano Pavarotti, who sang the aria “Nessun Dorma” magnificently not long before his death.
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5. 2002 – Salt Lake City
This was a more mournful opening ceremony than usual, as it took place in America just months after the 9/11 attacks. An American flag flown at the World Trade Center was salvaged from Ground Zero and carried through the stadium during a moment of silence. John Williams composed music for the occasion, dancers performed on ice skates center stage, and LeAnn Rimes sang “Light the Fire Within.” 
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4. 2000 – Sydney
Australia kicked off the new millennium right with their impressive opening ceremony. A massive, elaborate stage with rising arms and shifting platforms called “A New Era and Eternity” was the headliner of the evening. But the real show stopper was a bizarre, levitating UFO of a stage that took flight after Australian sprinter Cathy Freeman used the torch to light a ring of fire in a cauldron filled with water, which then poured out in a glorious waterfall. 
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3. 2016 – Rio de Janiero
Directed by Fernando Meirelles (“City of God”), the 2016 Opening Ceremony operated on a lower budget but dazzled with an acrobatic light show that charted the history of Brazil and the changing landscape of the country’s rainforests. It used parkour and a touching return for Gisele Bündchen to the catwalk to make a plea for the world to address climate change. But mostly everyone remembers it for that shirtless, oiled up Tongan flag bearer.
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2. 2004 – Athens
The Athens opening ceremony in 2004 was historic for two reasons: It was a return to the birth place of the Olympics and its ancient tradition. But more importantly for the viewers at home, it was the first series of games broadcast in HD. So yeah, if you were lucky enough to watch it in pristine high definition before anyone else, it looked pretty majestic. This opening ceremony also set the stage for future broadcasts, with a luminous, iridescent stadium floor and advanced lighting technology that future ceremonies have tried to emulate ever since. 
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1. 2008 – Beijing
Nothing will top this grand display of a country declaring its place in the world. Zhang Yimou organized exactly 2008 unpaid drummers pounding on illuminating displays in what must’ve been a years-long, meticulous work of art. The initial countdown was a marvelous technical display — but the real spellbinding sight was once they turned the lights on, showing viewers the scope of the perfectly uniform faces and bodies that seemed to embody an entire populace. And that was just the first 10 minutes!
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TheWrap rates the best of the 21st century

The broadcasters of the Olympics opening ceremonies in this century tend to wax poetic about the majesty and unity of these events. The show is a glitzy, often over-produced pageant. But sometimes those broadcasters aren’t exaggerating at all, and the best of the best opening ceremonies are a stunning showcase of national culture and pride. This year’s Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea are bright and early at 6 a.m. ET. And they’d better be as good as some of these ones, ranked by TheWrap from great to best.

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