Does the US Women’s Soccer Team Want Their Country to Win or Lose?
While everyone, both on the Left and on the Right, is busy celebrating the victory of the United States’ Women’s Soccer Team in the World Cup, the enormously anti-American sentiments of the players are forgotten…by most.
Don’t get me wrong- I am very much excited with the overwhelming unity of the nation under this global success. The message is the same: USA on top! Seeing a universal demonstration of national pride is very encouraging. However, this happy event is not without its political and polarizing aspects.
Let’s start with Megan Rapinoe. Rapinoe has been an icon for women and homosexuals on the US Women’s Soccer Team. In 2016, she expressed her discontent with this nation by mimicking former quarterback Colin Kaepernick in kneeling for the national anthem.1 In May of 2019, Rapinoe stated: “I’ll probably never put my hand over my heart. I’ll probably never sing the national anthem again.”1 Not surprisingly, she constantly derides, insults, uses vulgarity toward, and disrespects our President. (Unfortunately, this has become commonplace.) Many, many people have responded to Rapinoe’s behavior by asking her why she dons the jersey of a country she hates and why she doesn’t move to another country. It only makes logical sense to remove oneself from a situation one despises so much and finds so morally repulsive. Yet, Rapinoe has thus provided no rational explanation for her contradictory statements and actions. Before playing Thailand in the most recent World Cup, Rapinoe refused to acknowledge the national anthem.2 After receiving both admiration and disgust as a response, Rapinoe stated: “Because I’m as talented as I am, I get to be here, you don’t get to tell me if I can be here or not.”2 Now we have found the root of this contradictory behavior- pride. Megan Rapinoe feels entitled to have her cake and eat it too. She wants all of the benefits of freedom. She wants all of the benefits of both social and economic equality in terms of gender and race (We’ll get to that in a bit). And, at the same time, she wants to channel her irrational and insatiable hatred toward the people and the country that has provided her with all these blessings. And why does she feel that she can do that? Because she is incredibly prideful and arrogant. A dose of humility would go a long way in both her professional and personal life.
Now, after winning on the largest stage in the world, the US Women’s Soccer Team is not content celebrating with their fellow Americans, not exuding gratitude for all of their opportunities, and certainly not being humble in their enormous victory. What are these women doing now? Well, on March 8 of 2019, they instigated a lawsuit against the United States Soccer Federation for “purposeful gender discrimination.”3 Defensive player Becky Sauerbrunn stated with regard to the lawsuit: “It is wrong for us to be paid and valued less for our work because of our gender.”3 2 + 2 does not equal sexism, though. Sauerbrunn has, like many other female celebrities and athletes, taken her lower paycheck and her male counterparts’ higher paycheck as unquestionable discrimination on the basis of gender.
However, it is equally (actually way more) likely that the reason for the disparity in paychecks is due to natural supply and demand. Prize money for these huge tournaments is based on how much money they will generate. For example, the prize money of the recently completed Women’s World Cup was $30 million; meanwhile, the prize money for the Men’s World Cup in 2022 is set to be $440 million.4
The discrepancy between women’s and men’s pay actually favors women!! Despite bringing in extremely less revenue, the women earn a significantly higher percentage of the revenue. In 2015, the Women’s World Cup generated approximately $73 million in revenue, while in 2010, the Men’s World Cup generated around $4 billion in revenue.4 The participating players received 13% in the Women’s World Cup, and the men received 9%.4 Where’s the public outcry? But wait- there’s more. More recently, the 2018 Men’s World Cup amassed a total revenue of $6 billion, of which almost 7% is left to the players.4 The Women’s World Cup anticipates a total revenue of $131 million, of which practically 23% will be directed to stars such as Megan Rapinoe and Becky Sauerbrunn.4 These women, who are going to make a percentage three times larger than their male counterparts, are the same women suing the great nation that gave them this freedom and this opportunity.
Thus, the 2 + 2 = sexism doesn’t quite work out, in fact, it doesn’t work out at all. The only equation I see is “Ignoring the facts + pride = irrational hatred.”