Nike’s Posters Of Soccer Star Megan Rapinoe Get Defaced In Possible ‘Hate Crime’
By Mikelle Leow, 11 Jul 2019
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For the most part, Colin Kaepernick’s famous Nike ad was lauded by customers around the world, but it unfortunately had a small group of detractors. In a similar vein, the appearance of US soccer icon Megan Rapinoe on Nike’s new campaign has received objections from a marginal crowd, possibly due to her progressive views.
As reported by the New York Post, over half a dozen posters of Rapinoe were found to be vandalized in NYC’s Bryant Park subway station. Police are currently investigating what they suspect is a hate crime.
A marker was used to scribble over Rapinoe’s face and forehead with malicious messages like “shemale” and “screw this ho.” One of the images comes with the tagline, “Dream with us. Just do it.”
The co-captain of Reign FC in the National Women’s Soccer League is a strong advocate of gender equality and LGBTQ rights. At the Women’s World Cup final on Sunday, Rapinoe scored a penalty kick against the Netherlands.
The campaign is a collaborative effort between Nike and advertising agency Wieden + Kennedy to celebrate the World Cup Final between the teams of the USA and the Netherlands, both of which are sponsored by the sportswear giant.
Since the discovery on Tuesday, maintenance workers have cleaned up the graffiti. The MTA is currently working with the NYPD with its investigation.
Responding to the possible hate crime, MTA spokesperson Shams Tarek says in a statement, via the New York Post, “Hate has no place in the transit system and we work hard to make the subway a welcoming, safe environment for everyone.”
MTA will also replace any damaged posters if necessary.
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"I can honestly say that I do not take a single second of this experience for granted, especially now." ⠀ From spectator in ’99, to World Champion in 2015, @mrapinoe knows what it takes to achieve her dream. Now four years on, she’s dreaming again.
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[via New York Post, images via various sources]
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