Megan Rapinoe Is a New Kind of American Hero: She’s Teaming up with Chuck Schumer and F the White House!

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U. S. women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe told the media this week she will officially be accepting an invitation extended by Chuck Schumer to visit Congress, and will not be visiting the White House: “I think most of the team, if not everybody, I think everybody is with me. We don’t want to go to the White House.” “Thank you [Sen.] Chuck Schumer for inviting us out. We are very happy to accept your invitation to come.”

Rapinoe previously said she is ‘not going to the f—— White House’ and that there would be ‘no f——— way’ the team would be invited in the first place.”

Teammate Alex Morgan shared a similar view: “Yeah, I don’t want to like, necessarily speak for the entire team. Obviously, we all have our own opinions and I’m sure that they’ll get shared eventually. I’ve said my piece. I don’t feel necessarily welcome there and so I don’t believe that I will be individually attending,” Morgan said.

Trump has attacked Rapinoe for her protests and harsh criticism of the Trump Administration.

So did Rapinoe back down? Hah! When asked, Rapinoe said, “I’m not going to the f—ing White House.” Plus, she has repeatedly knelt for the national anthem and said, “I’ll probably never put my hand over my heart. I’ll probably never sing the national anthem again.”

After her World Cup victory, Rapinoe and a teammate dropped the American flag on the ground to pose for a photo opp. Check it out and the typical attitude by the Tweeter:

 

Everyone should be happy the U.S. women’s team once again proved its excellence on the international stage. Do you agree?

When asked last week whether it was particularly exciting to lead her team to a World Cup win over France during Pride Month, U.S. national team star Megan Rapinoe laughed and replied, “Go gays!” She continued: “You can’t win a championship without gays on your team. It’s never been done before. Ever. That’s science right there. … For me, to be gay and fabulous during Pride Month at the World Cup is nice.”

Rapinoe has been the World Cup’s standout player, scoring all four goals in the United States’ tightly contested knockout-round games against Spain and France. At the same time, Rapinoe has led her teammates in protest speech against Donald Trump and in their own fight for fair pay. And in the jubilant self-expression she brings to everything she does, Rapinoe has given gay fans a sports hero whose queer sexuality is a central part of her identity, activism, and fame.

With her wonderful and accurate argument that it’s impossible to win a World Cup without gay players, Rapinoe has taken the opposite tack, affirming that queer sexuality can be more than an incidental line in a celebrity’s biography: It can also be a source of strength and kinship, a nexus of solidarity with other marginalized communities, and a wellspring of profound joy. For Rapinoe, it appears to be all of these things. And while her sexuality may not inspire her lively footwork or will her shots into the goal, it’s integral to who she is as a person—and who she is as a person, she’s said, is integral to the way she plays the game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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