It’s hard to avoid the conclusion that Megan Rapinoe is a bad role model for the millions of young women across the country. Of course, the women’s soccer team should be celebrated for its remarkable athletic abilities. But the players are neither role models nor elected politicians, writes Joanna Williams in Spectator.us.
Rapinoe is not a disciplined, respectful sports icon. Rather, notes Brad Plumbo in the Washington Examiner, Megan is a groundlessly bitter, petulant celebrity who is totally ungrateful for the opportunities she’s had.
As Marc Thiessen put it for the New York Post, “Megan Rapinoe is a great — but needlessly, selfishly divisive — athlete.”
The soccer star and U.S. women’s national team captain has become a celebrity after guiding her team to yet another Women’s World Cup win on Sunday. Amid endless fanfare, she has received a glowing feature in the Washington Post, modeled for Sports Illustrated, and become a viral sensation. One article in the Week even endorsed her for president.
Rapinoe’s First World Privilege
There’s just one problem: She’s actually kind of an awful person. Rapinoe has soccer skills for sure, but her entitled, flippant, and unpatriotic attitude is the epitome of first-world privilege.
(Rapino) has turned the women’s historic World Cup win into a political pissing match, when it could have been a bipartisan moment of unity for the country. 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.”
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