U.S. Striker Abby Wambach Celebrates Victory With a Kiss From Her Wife
Last night, the U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Japan 5-2 in the exciting championship game of the Women’s World Cup. In a sport that is characteristically low-scoring, Carli Lloyd stunned audiences around the world scoring three goals within the first 16 minutes of the game, earning her the Golden Ball award for the most outstanding player in the World Cup.
This game was full of record-breaking achievements by the Unites States team: they became the firs team to win the tournament three times; Lloyd became the first player to score three goals in the final of the tournament. However, in 2015, just as intriguing as the on-field action is the commentary buzzing around the web.
Everyone is talking about the kiss seen around the world. When the clock hit zero, Abby Wambach raced to the stands to kiss her wife, former player Sarah Huffman.
— Freedom to Marry (@freedomtomarry) July 6, 2015
The fact that this was aired on FOX television seems like another win for the LGBT community after the SCOTUS ruling in favor of the liberation of gay marriage last week. Wambach is one of three openly gay players on the U.S. Women’s National Team.
Despite the joy and celebration, there were some unfortunate detractions from the U.S. Women’s Team’s moment in the spotlight. FIFA president Sepp Blatter is famous for his involvement in corruption scandals and his prejudiced, insensitive comments which included his famous remark that female soccer players should wear tighter shorts to attract more people to watch the sport. When the champions’ medals were escorted across the field by ten female models in heels and tight black dresses, many on Twitter were quick to notice.
Sepp Blatter’s last middle finger to women’s soccer is medal-bearing, black-dress wearing models from Robert Palmer “Addicted to Love” video
— Tom Reed (@treed1919) July 6, 2015
Many also took note of the unsettling fact that Pearl Harbor was trending on Twitter, some posts even suggesting that this win was payback for the WWII Japanese attack on the American port.
of course pearl harbor is trending now. did you think we could get through an international sporting event without being racist
— Churlish (@Cryptoterra) July 5, 2015
Still, these observations pale in comparison to the overwhelming sense of pride and support that has been expressed by Americans. Even President Barack Obama tweeted his congratulations to the U.S. Women’s National Team, inviting them to the White House to celebrate. Congratulations, ladies. You earned it.
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