Soccer superstar and activist Megan Rapinoe is in hot water over a recently unearthed tweet from 2011. The message in question was in response to a since-deleted tweet by Natasha Kai and saw Rapinoe seemingly mocking the Asian soccer player’s eyes. In the tweet, Rapinoe wrote, "u look Asian with those closed eyes!"
Many on social media have pointed to the hypocrisy of this message from someone who has become an outspoken advocate for social justice and pay equality. Some have even called for her “cancellation” and reached out to her sponsors in an effort to see her dropped from both her Subway commercial and Victoria’s Secret VS Collective deals.
However, Rapinoe also has supporters, who note the age of the tweet and point to the fact that the story is being pushed by conservative media, saying the backlash is in part because the popular player is now using her voice and platform to speak out against discrimination.
Rapinoe has yet to address the controversy. The Advocate reached out to Rapinoe’s rep for comment but did not hear back by the time of publication.