The United States women’s soccer team won a World Cup game this week, beating Thailand. But one of the stars of the team, Megan Rapinoe, refuses to sing or stand during the National Anthem.
Rapinoe, who became the first white woman to kneel during the anthem, says her refusal to acknowledge the flag or even place her hand over her heart during the song, is a “f-you’ to President Trump.
“I feel like it’s kind of defiance in and of itself to just be who I am and wear the jersey, and represent it,” Rapinoe told Yahoo back in May. “Because I’m as talented as I am, I get to be here, you don’t get to tell me if I can be here or not. So it’s kind of a good ‘F you’ to any sort of inequality or bad sentiments that the administration might have towards people who don’t look exactly like him. Which, God help us if we all looked like him. Scary. Really scary. Ahh, disturbing.”
Cameras caught the Rapinoe sticking to her promise at the World Cup game on Tuesday.
After we all looked back last week on the incredible sacrifices and loss of life suffered on D-Day and remembered the American heroes who made victory possible while marking the 75th Anniversary— the timing of this move seems incredibly callous.
— Kari Lake Fox 10 (@KariLakeFox10) June 12, 2019
The Women’s March tweeted out their support for Rapinoe, asking her to “Keep up the fight.”
— Women's March (@womensmarch) June 14, 2019