Meghan Rapinoe Wins Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year, It Doesn't Go Well

The U.S. women's soccer team member Megan Rapinoe holds the championship trophy at City Hall after a ticker tape parade, Wednesday, July 10, 2019 in New York. The U.S. national team beat the Netherlands 2-0 to capture a record fourth Women's World Cup title. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

U.S. Women’s soccer star (at least when the World Cup is going on) Meghan Rapinoe hasn’t been in the news lately. That wasn’t the case back in the summer, where her cheap, immature jabs at VP Mike Pence led to a polarization in a time that should have been nationally unifying. RedState reported on the details at the time.


Well, Rapinoe is back in the spotlight this week after being awarded Sports Illustrated’s “Sportsperson of the Year.” You’d expect it to be a time of joy and gratefulness for being given such an honor, especially when it’s obvious she never would have won without her virulent anti-Trumpism being put on display.

But nah, she decided to commit some woke on woke crime and accuse SI of being racist and sexist.

As one of just four women to win the Sportsperson of the Year award, she wasted no time in putting SI in the hot seat, saying in an acceptance speech, “Is it truth that I’m only the fourth woman deserving of this award? I don’t think so.”

“Is it true so few writers of color deserve to be featured in this publication? No. Is it true so few women’s voices deserve to be heard and deserve to be read in this publication? I don’t think so.”

A simple “thank you” would have sufficed, but whatever.

There’s a certain poetic justice in SI trying to be woke and then getting eaten by their own wokeness. You can truly never be woke enough for the left and Rapinoe makes that clear by using her speech to trash the very publication that is lauding her. Her doing so simply adds to the body of evidence that she’s an entitled brat. The idea that far-left SI isn’t left-wing enough is laughable. But these are the times we are living in.


The reductiveness of wokeness has been on full display for a while now, as even the most liberal politicians have managed to find themselves in the mouth of the alligator. Perhaps that’s a good thing, as it shows the movement probably isn’t sustainable. If you are constantly eating your allies, eventually you won’t have allies left. Yet, never underestimate the ability of those who want to be woke to adsorb ridicule from the more woke. SI will no doubt take Rapinoe’s criticisms to heart instead of asking themselves if the political statement they were making by giving her the award was worth it in the first place.


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