Megan Rapinoe is being accused of ‘racism’ after one of her old tweets resurfaced on Twitter this week.
American professional soccer player Megan Rapinoe has just been named one of the new faces of lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret.
The 35-year-old will promote the brand as part of “The VS Collective” in an attempt to move away from Victoria’s Secret’s over-sexualised models and embark on a cultural shift.
Whilst many are praising Megan’s new venture, others are slamming her on Twitter after one of her old tweets resurfaced online.
Why is Megan Rapinoe ‘cancelled’?
This week, Megan Rapinoe is being ‘cancelled’ on Twitter after a tweet from May 2011 resurfaced.
In the tweet, she tagged US Women’s Soccer player Natasha Kai and said: “U look asian with those closed eyes.”
The tweet still remains visible on her profile in 2021, but Natasha Kai’s account has been deleted, so it’s unclear what Megan was actually referring to.
Now, she is being accused of ‘racism’ and is under fire on Twitter.
Megan Rapinoe is under fire on Twitter
Twitter users are calling out Megan on Twitter for the way she spoke to Natasha Kai, who is of Chinese, Hawaiian, Filipino and Caucasian descent, over ten years ago.
One person wrote: “This is racist. I send my love to all asians across the world most especially in the US, facing violent attacks. Cishomo women like Megan Rapinoe should realize stereotypes are violent. This breaks my heart.”
“Absolutely shocked that Megan Rapinoe is a complete and utter hypocrite. Shocked I tell you. Absolutely astounded. Just can’t believe it. She needs to be cancelled and called out and ridiculed! After all woke Liberals made the rules!! #MeganRapinoe #racist,” said another.
Aside from her football career, Megan is an activist for a number of LGBTQ+ organisations and was also listed in Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020, leaving many shocked by her 2011 tweet.
Twitter users want Victoria’s Secret to cancel their partnership
Now, people are urging Victoria’s Secret not to continue their partnership with Megan.
At the time of writing this, Megan has not responded to the backlash.