Kelley O’Hara kisses girlfriend after World Cup final win | Photo: Screenshot
When the most visible members of the US women’s soccer team are against Trump, it was no surprise Republicans were desperate to find a win after the World Cup final on Sunday (7 July).
Both Megan Rapinoe and Ali Krieger have refused to go to the White House to meet with Trump.
And, so, many right-wing pundits kept quiet on the global sporting victory.
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Shortly after the winning moment, the team danced on the pitch in victory.
The American flag dropped to the floor, and player Allie Long accidentally stepped on it. Kelley O’Hara, however, was quick to pick it up off the floor.
— Andrew Jensen (@EightyJ) July 7, 2019
‘Rapinoe is a despicable and selfish human being,’ one Republican voter said.
‘Thank you to Kelley O’Hara for quickly picking up the flag and showing respect. I hope she will visit the White House.’
Fox News’ Walid Phares called O’Hara a ‘new American heroine’.
The Republican news channel even ran a story on it, describing the act of dropping the flag as ‘anti-American’ and O’Hara as a ‘heroine’.
But they didn’t spot what happened next.
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O’Hara ran to the stands after the game and kissed her girlfriend.
She had not made any coming out about her sexuality. But for her kissing her girlfriend, as many players embraced their partners, it was a big statement.
She became, in the final moments, the 42nd openly gay or bisexual soccer star in the Women’s World Cup.
‘This is not a shocking or revolutionary act in 2019,’ Kim McCauley wrote for SB Nation.
‘ Lots of people are queer in public now, and everyone knows there are queer players on the United States women’s national soccer team.
‘But what made this moment significant is that O’Hara had not previously made any kind of announcement about her partner or sexual orientation.
‘She didn’t follow this moment up with an interview, a social media post, or a proclamation of any kind.
‘She just had an affectionate moment with her partner, then continued her life as normal, because what she did is normal and should not require an explanation.’
O’Hara was previously linked to high school sweetheart Adam Sweat, who lives and works in Atlanta. O’Hara and Sweat separated, and she is now a defender for the Utah Royals.
Many also celebrated the kiss on social media.
I love that Fox and MAGA weirdos are so pathological about Allie Long briefly dropping a flag and with Kelley O’Hara ‘saving it’ that they missed her coming out on the world stage with a big sweet wet one on her girlfriends lips. #USNWT
— Not Dexter (@boxdog1031) July 8, 2019
Billie Jean King was the first female athlete to admit to being gay, but only after being outed in a 1981 lawsuit. It hurt her image. Yesterday, after winning the world cup, Kelley O’Hara—who wasn’t previously out—ran to the sideline & kissed her girlfriend. How far we’ve come. pic.twitter.com/E2Bl9gXuXS
— Jill Gutowitz (@jillboard) July 8, 2019
? not over kelley o’hara kissing her girlfriend after winning the world cup
— mk (@presswnt) July 7, 2019