Megan Rapinoe is the most famous woman athlete today. Co-captain of the Reign FC in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), and playing primarily as a winger, she helped the U.S. win the 2015 and 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments, a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics, and finished runners-up at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Rapinoe is not only known for her success, but also famous for her unapologetic attitude. In a recent verbal clash between U.S. President Donald Trump, her comment about potentially visiting The White House seemed to have angered the president. She told reporters, “I ain’t going to the f***ing White House.”
Trump was not happy about this comment, for it was said that he was planning on inviting the football captain. He tweets on his account:
The worst kind of winner. Arrogance, it’s all about her not the team. Asking for respect all summer but gives none. Destroying the good work done for woman’s football. Don’t worry, no one will remember her next month.
Arrogant? Self-absorbed? Cocky? What about boxer Floyd Meyweather who doesn’t shut his mouth about never having lost a match? Or football player Cristiano Ronaldo, who opened up his own museum (and yes, a museum about himself)? Male athletes jump around like wild monkeys when scoring a goal or shooting a 3-pointer. And women can’t do the same?
Wow. Talk about toxic masculinity right there.
The point is, no matter the arrogance and pride that women athletes like Megan possess, what we all know too well is that, with reactions like these, it seems like only the men are allowed to strut their athletic prowess like conquering warriors. When men exert dominance and confidence, it’s cool and hot. But when women do it… it’s vanity? Egotism?
Wow. Seems fair (Note sarcasm).
Social media is rallying behind Megan through the haters and this is how the world should respond to sexist acts such as these:
She hasn’t done anything any male athletes haven’t done in the past. She is celebrating a much deserved win and is allowed to do so. On the surface you may not see that you’re irritated by her because she’s a woman but there’s literally no other reason