US lesbian soccer star refuses to sing national anthem to protest Trump
US soccer team players Alyssa Naeher and Megan Rapinoe (R) in 2018. | Photo: /flickr
US soccer player Megan Rapinoe refused to sing her country’s national anthem as a sign of protest against the current Trump’s administration.
Soccer star Rapinoe won’t sing The Star-Spangled Banner
The openly lesbian midfielder stood still while her teammates sang ahead of a match in the Women’s World Cup. The quadrennial championship is taking place in France, with the final match on 7 July.
Rapinoe’s team played their first match in the tournament against Thailand on 11 June.
The US team has also been harshly criticized for bad sportsmanship after blatantly celebrating for scoring 13 goals. The match ended on a 13-0 for the US, leaving their opponents in tears.
— Clark W Griswold (@ClarkWGriswol15) June 11, 2019
‘A “Fuck you” to any sort of inequality’
Rapinoe stayed true to her resolution not to sing the anthem. In an interview with Yahoo Sports she gave last month, the player motivated her decision.
‘I’ll probably never put my hand over my heart. I’ll probably never sing the national anthem again,’ she said.
‘It’s kind of a good “Fuck you” to any sort of inequality or bad sentiments that the [Trump] administration might have towards people who don’t look exactly like him,’ she also explained.
Megan Rapinoe isn’t going to the White House
Rapinoe, who is in a relationship with WNBA star Sue Bird, also said she won’t accept the customary invite to the White House should her team win the World Cup.
‘I am not going to fake it, hobnob with the president, who is clearly against so many of the things that I am [for] and so many of the things that I actually am,’ the soccer star told Sports Illustrated in May.
‘I have no interest in extending our platform to him.’
The US team is the most successful, with three titles under its belt. They won the tournament in 1991, 1999 and 2015, hence a possible new victory isn’t unlikely.
Conservative Twitter is dragging the soccer player
While Rapinoe received support from many fans for her symbolic gesture, others couldn’t handle it.
The negative comments are a display of homophobia, sexism and conservatism.