Megan Rapinoe Scolds Sports Illustrated Over Lack Of Diversity While Accepting Its Award


U.S. Women’s National Team star and controversy-loving social justice warrior Megan Rapinoe is making headlines once more.

On Monday, the soccer star received Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year award, and proceeded to use her acceptance speech as a social justice sermon and a chance to scold the publication over its lack of diversity amongst its writers.

“While we don’t get to choose what it is we witness, we are the gatekeepers of those stories, and we do get to decide how we bear witness to the world around us and to the truth that we see,” Rapinoe pontificated. “It is true that I am the fourth woman deserving of this award? I don’t think so.”

Rapinoe continued, shifting her criticism to the magazine itself.

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

Apparently she still considers herself deserving of an award from the publication she scorns.

Sports Illustrated did not immediately respond to request for comment by FOX Business, and as of this writing it appears the publication has not issued an official statement on Rapinoe’s speech.

However, Grant Wahl, a writer for Sports Illustrated, referred to Rapinoe’s tirade as “speaking truth” in a tweet:

Rapinoe’s criticism of the magazine didn’t end with her speech, either.

Speaking to Reuters at the event, she said, “Sports Illustrated needs to look at itself and think, ‘What kind of story are we telling our subscribers and are we telling the country about sports in America? As a sports news organization, what news are you reporting? There seems to be a heavy bias on the guys.”

It seems Ms. Rapinoe is completely ignorant of the fact that Sports Illustrated writers have a lot more to be worried about than diversity—namely massive layoffs.

According to The Washington Post, the magazine laid off between 35 and 40 percent of its editorial staff in early October:

Staffers speaking on the condition of anonymity out of concern of reprisal said the job losses are worse than most inside the magazine expected. Even die-hard optimists said morale was at an all-time low given the magazine’s recent struggles, and key managers were not given the opportunity to fight to save some of the organization’s most prized writers.

Sports Illustrated employees were invited to two separate “transition meetings” Thursday, gatherings that were feared to split the magazine into one group that would lose its jobs and another that would not, at noon and 12:30 p.m. But those meetings were canceled moments before they were set to begin, thrusting the 65-year-old publication into even more uncertainty.

Hours later, though, the meetings were back on for 4:15 and 4:30 p.m. Staff at the early meeting were dismissed. Those at the later meeting were retained.

The ownership of Sports Illustrated has changed hands several times in the last few years, the Post adds. The magazine was purchased from Time Inc. along with a handful of other titles, by publishing conglomerate Meredith for $1.8 billion in 2017. Meredith immediately put the publication up for sale once more, when it was purchased by Authentic Brands Group for just $110 million.

In other words, while Rapinoe waxes poetic about diversity, Sports Illustrated may be a little busy focusing on solvency. But, of course, when do liberals ever care about the actual logistics—let alone the costs—of making their “inclusive” utopia come to fruition?

We’ve so often stated that the so-called “social justice” movement is the ultimate works-based salvation system. In it, you can never be “woke” enough, never “diverse” enough. There will always be some newer and more “marginalized” victim identity demanding acceptance.

The advances made by transgender athletes into women’s sports are clear evidence that leftists will stop at nothing to turn the world into one big “safe space.” Will Rapinoe still call for “diversity” when she gets muscled out of her team in favor of a biological male?

If the current trajectory of women’s sports is any indication, we may find out sooner rather than later.

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