Rapinoe slams Sports Illustrated as they honor her

Rapinoe slams Sports Illustrated as they honor her

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U.S. Women's National Team star Meghan Rapinoe criticized Sports Illustrated for what she sees as a lack of diversity within the publication, during her acceptance speech as the magazine's "Sportsperson of the Year."

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The story: In its 65th edition, Sports Illustrated magazine honored Rapinoe with the Sportsperson of the Year award. The publication pointed to her accomplishments on the field and her activism. It also touted her as "the fourth woman in the award’s 66-year history to win it unaccompanied, a feat that is both a remarkable athletic achievement and a reflection of entrenched gender biases."

Rapioe's speech: Rapinoe first took issue with the number of women who have received the "Sportsperson of the Year" award.

"While we don't get to choose what it is we witness, we are the gatekeepers of those stories, and we do get to decide how we bear witness to the world around us and to the truth that we see. Is it true that I am the fourth woman deserving of this award? I don't think so," she said.

She then suggested that the publication employs few people of color.

"Is it true that so few writers of color deserve to be featured in this publication? No. Is it true that so few women's voices deserve to be heard and deserve to be read in this publication? I don't think so," Rapinoe added.

Worth noting: She also took aim at Sports Illustrated while speaking to Reuters at the event. "Sports Illustrated needs to look at itself and think, 'What kind of story are we telling our subscribers and are we telling the country about sports in America? As a sports news organization, what news are you reporting? There seems to be a heavy bias on the guys."

She also told the publication that “the most important thing is to get that maniac out of the White House,” referring to President Trump.

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Sports Illustrated writer Grant Wahl seemed to agree with Rapinoe's stance. On Twitter, he posted a video of Rapinoe's speech, saying she's speaking "the truth."

Rapinoe, so far: The soccer legend rose to prominence partly because of her social activism. She is an outspoken advocate for women's rights and vocal critic of President Trump. She drew the ire of the president when she joined former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick in kneeling during the national anthem, becoming one of the first female athletes to do so. She later said she'll “probably never sing the national anthem again," in protest of the Trump administration.

This year, she told Eight by Eight magazine that she wouldn't go to "the f------ White House" if the USWNT won the 2019 World Cup in France, which they did. Rapinoe also led her teammates to sue the U.S. Soccer Federation for equal pay.

Other speeches: While accepting the FIFA Best Player of the Year award, Rapinoe criticized male soccer stars for their lack of political activism and called on them to condemn homophobia and racism.

“If we really want to have meaningful change, what I think is most inspiring would be if everybody other than Sterling and Koulibaly, if they were as outraged about racism as they were, if everybody was as outraged about homophobia as the LGBTQ players, if everybody was as outraged about the lack of equal pay and investment in the women’s game other than just women, that would be the most inspiring thing to me,” she said.

During her address for her Glamour “Woman of the Year” award, she praised Kaepernick for starting the kneeling protests and highlighted the different treatment they received because of their activism.

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