Adam Rippon congratulates Gus Kenworthy on Halloween costume: ‘We finally did each other’
Gus Kenworthy has replicated Adam Rippon’s iconic Oscars leather harness look—and it sparked some wonderfully flirtatious banter.
On Sunday (October 28), just days before Halloween, the gay Olympic silver medal-winning skier tweeted a photo of him in Rippon’s leather-and-tuxedo style from March’s awards show.
Kenworthy, who even cut out the shoulders of a suit jacket to match his friend and fellow Winter Olympics medallist, captioned the post, which has attracted more than 16,000 likes, with: “Adam Ripoff.”
But as if the pun wasn’t enough, the cherry on top was Kenworthy’s twist on the cut-out of an Academy Award seen behind Rippon in the photo which was the skier’s inspiration.
Instead of a golden statue, the stone-faced athlete posed in front of a giant cut-out of a golden penis.
Rippon, who made history in February when he became the first openly gay man to win a medal at the Winter Olympics, responded in typically risqué style, writing: “We finally did each other .”
Kenworthy showed he could play Rippon’s flirty game, writing back that “tbh I’ve been wanting to do you since we met…”
“Feels right,” Rippon responded confidently.
The fantastic costume and sexual back-and-forth were both welcomed by tweeters, with one commenting: “You win Halloween ” as others heaped praise on the detailed, phallic background.
Rippon, who attended the Oscars with his friend and teammate Mirai Nagasu, said after the event that he wore the edgy ensemble — which was designed by the creative director of Moschino, Jeremy Scott—because it felt good.
“I think fashion is all about self-expression and I chose to wear what I wore on the red carpet because I felt cool AF,” he said.
“Everyone should take risks, be bold, and not give a . It’s LOTS of fun. Huge thanks to my team for dressing me and make me feel like a sexy MF.”
Kenworthy also went viral earlier this year, after he kissed his boyfriend Matthew Wilkas on live TV after his final race of the Games, sparking a flood of acclaim and celebration on social media.
It was just a peck on the lips, but the fact that it took place live on primetime network television—NBC—in front of tens of millions internationally, made it historic.
Kenworthy explained afterwards: “That’s something that I wanted at the last Olympics was to share a kiss with my boyfriend at the bottom and it was something that I was too scared to do for myself.
“And so to be able to do that, to give him a kiss, to have that affection broadcasted for the world is incredible.
“I think that the only way to really change perceptions, break down homophobia, break down barriers is through representation. That’s definitely not something I had as a kid.”