Ultra-conservative writer and media mogul Ben Shapiro is under fire for attacking World Cup champion Megan Rapinoe as an “outspoken lesbian.” Shapiro took to his radio show to suggest that Rapinoe, who is also an Olympic gold medal winner, is using her celebrity to claim victimhood in an effort to make more money.
“Absolute silliness,” Shapiro called the political power sports champions have in America, suggesting their free speech rights are “bad for the country” and “obnoxious,” a word he used repeatedly during his diatribe.
Rapinoe has been advocating for equal pay rights for women.
Shapiro, who is anti-gay and opposed to equal rights for LGBT people, also tried to minimize the plight of LGBTQ Americans and women by comparing the African American Civil Rights Movement with that of LGBTQ people.
“We’re not talking about that. We’re talking about — gay marriage is legal across the United States by Supreme Court diktat. We’re talking about Megan Rapinoe is getting million dollar contracts specifically because of her sexuality, and because she’s a very very good soccer player. But let’s not make any mistake, if she was a very good soccer player and she were not a very outspoken lesbian, she would be getting fewer contracts because she’s seen as a political figure. She’s sort of Colin Kaepernick but with actual talent at her sport,” he claimed, as Media Matters reported.
Ben Shapiro says Megan Rapinoe is getting soccer contracts because she’s “a very outspoken lesbian” pic.twitter.com/bSH40zM08X
— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) July 10, 2019
“All of this is obnoxious but we’re supposed to pretend that actually she is quite charming and wonderful, that it’s not obnoxious to live in the best time for women, the best time [for] lesbians, and the best time for women’s soccer in the history of the world, and in the best country in the history of the world for any of those things, we’re supposed to pretend that actually she is a victim and America is a terrible place so that she could make more money, presumably. Pretty gross.”
Some across social media blasted Shapiro for being a “bigot,” and “sexist.”
Megan Rapinoe gets soccer contracts because she’s a superstar who won the Golden Ball and Golden Boot awards at the World Cup.
Ben Shapiro, on the other hand, is only getting ad revenue because he’s a very outspoken bigot. https://t.co/sxTL4kDa1K
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) July 11, 2019
You know, I’m starting to suspect this Ben Shapiro fellow might be a sexist. https://t.co/0k6VQAUnkq
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) July 11, 2019
And Ben Shapiro gets paid by advertisers in spite of the fact that he’s a very outspoken bigot. https://t.co/f9edNUHXvN
— Sleeping Giants (@slpng_giants) July 11, 2019
Some noted his astonishing hypocrisy:
Ben Shapiro explained in 2 tweets pic.twitter.com/ByVzkmzkw7
— Fernand R. Amandi (@AmandiOnAir) July 11, 2019
And some just captured the true essence of Shapiro:
Ben Shapiro is the Tomi Lahren of Sean Hannitys. https://t.co/act33jZZsu
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) July 11, 2019
Ben Shapiro is a stupid person’s idea of a smart person.
— Thor Benson (@thor_benson) July 11, 2019
Ben Shapiro, praised in the New York Times as a cutting edge intellectual, shows his seriousness by (checks notes) attacking a star athlete for daring to be gay.
— Noah Berlatsky (@nberlat) July 11, 2019
Ben Shapiro is a bad person. There’s not really any more to it. He’s just a bad dude. https://t.co/hSUzq8Gjtv
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) July 11, 2019
UK travel giant Thomas Cook set to collapse: report
Thomas Cook's 178-year existence was reported to be coming to an end on Monday after the British travel firm struggled to find private investment to keep it afloat, potentially affecting thousands of holidaymakers.
The operator has said it needs £200 million ($250 million) or else it will face administration, which could affect 600,000 holidaymakers and require Britain's largest peacetime repatriation.
A source close to the negotiations told AFP that the company had failed to find the cash from private investors and would collapse unless the government intervened.
But ministers are unlikely to step in due to worries about the pioneering operator's longer-term viability, the Times reported, leaving it on the brink.
‘We are the people’: Watch Billy Porter get a standing ovation for his passionate speech at the Emmys
In a powerful and passionate speech accepting his Emmy, "Pose" actor Billy Porter showered the audience with love and proudly reminded all of their right to belong and be loved.
"Oh, my God. God bless you all! The category is love, y'all, love!" Porter exclaimed.
The epic FX show "Pose" depicts Black and Latinos in the LGBTQ ballroom culture of New York City in the 1980s in the first season and the early 1990s in the second season.
"I am so overwhelmed and so overjoyed to have lived long enough to see this day," he said. "James Baldwin wrote, 'It took many years of vomiting up the filth I was taught about myself and half-believed, before I was able to walk on the earth as though I had a right to be here.' I have the right. You have the right. We all have the right."
Paris show of King Tutankhamun artifacts set new record with 1.42 million visitors
A blockbuster Tutankhamun show set a new all-time French record Sunday, with 1.42 million visitors flocking to see the exhibition in Paris, the organisers said.
The turnout beat the previous record set by another Tutankhamun show billed as the "exhibition of the century" in 1967, when 1.24 million queued to see "Tutankhamun and His Times" at the Petit Palais.
"Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh" -- which has been described as a "once in a generation" show -- will open in London in November.
The last time a show of comparable size about the boy king opened there in 1972 it sparked "Tutmania", with 1.6 million people thronging the British Museum.