As an openly lesbian against social injustice, Rapinoe is always clear about her position.
She was the first white female player to join the kneeling in the national anthem ritual movement to protest police racism and violence against black people in the United States. She caused a stir when she refused the US President Donald Trump’s invitation to visit the White House and participated in a lawsuit against the American Football Association itself for sexism.
Last summer, in addition to raising the World Cup gold trophy, the Golden Ball award for Best Player of the tournament, the Golden Boot award of the tournament, Rapinoe appeared in almost every famous television program in the United States. like Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, Rachel Maddow, Good Morning America and Meet the Press… And don’t forget the image of Rapinoe at the title celebration ceremony outside New York City Hall. If Rapinoe did not speak up demanding equality, would that have happened?
On the night of being named FIFA Player of the Year, Rapinoe once again caught everyone’s attention. The Americans didn’t care about Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence that night, they paid attention to Rapinoe’s speech.
On the stage of the world’s oldest opera house, Rapinoe appealed against racism, sexism and other things that are ugly beautiful sport.
“One of the stories that inspired me the most this year was the story of Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly, in addition to the wonderful performance on the pitch, they fought against racism. I remembered the young Iranian woman who set herself on fire for not being able to come to a football match. I remember some other gay players fighting hard because of the rampaging obsessions we are facing… These are stories that inspire me a lot, but they also make me sad and a little disappointed.
I have a question for everyone. We are professional, successful, financial and many other players. I want all of us here to share our success. Let’s use football to change the world for the better. It is my and everyone’s responsibility. Do whatever you can. We have incredible power in this room”.