Liberal soccer star Megan Rapinoe has come under fire after a tweet she made more than 10 years was revealed in which she mocked someone for looking ‘Asian’ because of their eyes.
Rapinoe, the new face of Victoria’s Secret, had reportedly made the tweet to former professional soccer player and Olympic gold medalist Natasha Kai – who is of Hawaiian, Chinese, Filipino and Caucasian heritage, according to Sports Room.
‘u look asian with those closed eyes!’ Rapinoe, 35, wrote in the May 19, 2011 tweet.
The account believed to have belonged to Kai, 38, no longer exists and it remains unclear what the tweet Rapinoe was responding to included. Kai has another Twitter account she opened in 2016 that has not posted since 2018.
Liberal soccer star Megan Rapinoe has come under fire after a tweet she made more than 10 years was revealed
In the tweet, Rapinoe mocked someone for looking ‘Asian’ because of their eyes
People took to Twitter after the tweet was revealed to slam the soccer star, who has not responded to the offending tweet’s revelation, and question when she’s ‘gonna get canceled.’
‘I wonder what day she decided to stop racisming?’ @AnhonestR tweeted.
Others like @BonzalezRoland mocked how she made the post from a BlackBerry phone.
‘I’m not ashamed for your racism against asians, I’m ashamed you owned a BlackBerry when iPhone was the superior smartphone,’ @Bonzalez Roland tweeted.
Another account @shaner5000 wrote: ‘oof, anti-Asian hate doesn’t look good in lingerie, @VictoriasSecret.’
In another tweet, @TheGovIsSus wrote: ‘Knew Victoria Secret was gonna bomb for hiring her, I just didn’t know it be this fast.’
‘People, remember nothing will happen to her she’s on that one side. You know the side that would have literally anyone else gone by now for a tweet from 2011 with 200 likes lmao. AND FROM A BLACKBERRY Face with tears of joy,’ @SirJohnTheIV tweeted.
On Thursday, U.S. lingerie giant Victoria’s Secret signed a new roster led by Rapinoe to replace the brand’s hypersexualized models, who are under scrutiny for their embodiment of male fantasy over an accurate representation of what women seek in undergarments.
People react to Rapinoe’s offending tweet on Twitter which she has not yet addressed publicly
The store, which brought sexy lingerie to the masses in the 1970s and then made billions, has been overshadowed in recent years by brands that have openly embrace both bodily and ethnic diversity.
Criticized for its objectification of women, Victoria’s Secret in 2019 abandoned its famed fashion show, a globally televised event that saw women parade down the catwalk in barely-there lingerie replete with gems, feathers and lace.
‘When the world was changing, we were too slow to respond,’ said chief executive Martin Waters in an interview with the New York Times. ‘We needed to stop being about what men want and to be about what women want.’
One of the first companies to step into the void of Victoria’s Secret’s dimming star was Savage X Fenty, a lingerie company launched by singer Rihanna in 2018 which is now valued at $1 billion, according to an estimate by Forbes magazine.
In an attempt to make up for lost ground, Victoria’s Secret, which saw sales drop 7.7 percent in 2019 even before the pandemic, launched its new collective of female brand representatives on Wednesday.
Among Rapinoe’s cohorts are Indian actress Priyanka Chopra Jones and Brazilian transgender model Valentina Sampaio.
Rapinoe, a two-time World Cup champion, has been the face of American women’s soccer for nearly a decade.
‘Often I felt myself on the outside looking in with brands in the beauty and fashion industry,’ Rapinoe, a lesbian and activist for women’s and LGBTQ rights, said in a statement.
‘I’m thrilled to be creating a space that sees the true spectrum of all women,’ she added.
Victoria’s Secret plans to resume its fashion show in 2022, but in a very different format, Waters told the Times.
The parent company of Victoria’s Secret, L Brands, announced in May that it had spun off the lingerie company, in an attempt to separate it from its other holdings.