American soccer player Megan Rapinoe criticized FIFA for including Florida State striker Deyna Castellanos in the group of three candidates for the Best FIFA Women’s Player of 2017 award. Rapinoe never heard of Castellanos before and because of that fact, didn’t deserve to be a finalist.
Rapinoe, a forward for the National Women’s Soccer League’s Seattle Reign, accused football’s governing body of belittling the women’s game, calling FIFA “old, male and stale.”
How did naming a player Rapinoe had never heard of before belittle the woman’s game? Castellanos reportedly did well at the Under-17 Women’s World Cup last year and because of that, garnered a lot of attention.
Not from Rapinoe. Supposedly she had never heard of Castellanos.
Why is it okay for Rapinoe to use the terms “old” and “male” as a pejorative?
Take it from me, people don’t choose to be old. It happens naturally as they traverse this thing we call life. Time travels in only one direction and everyone, even Rapinioe, gets older every minute.
Speaking of things people don’t choose, people don’t choose their biological sex. Being male or female is not a choice, it’s how you were born. I’m male, but I never chose to be one. It’s who I am. Condemning someone because of their biological sex is sexist and bigoted.
I think Megan Rapinoe is a bigot, and in regards to Deyna Castellanos, more than a little jealous.
FIFA, the international governing body of soccer, announced yesterday that the 2022 World Cup will be a winter World Cup. The final will be played on December 18, a week before Christmas.
The World Cup in normally played over the course of 32 days in June and July, a month before European professional football clubs begin their seasons. A winter World Cup will mean these leagues have to either shut down in the middle of their seasons or allow their best players leave and play for their respective countries. The 2022 World Cup will also need to be shortened to 28 days.
What a mess.
The 2022 World Cup can’t be played in the summer because it will be held in Qatar, smack-dab in the middle east. Daytime temperatures can reach 115 degrees in the summer. Not only is it too hot in Qatar in June and July to play soccer, it’s too hot to even watch soccer.
Qatar is a terrible place to hold a World Cup, and not just because of the oppressive heat. Qatar is governed by Sharia law. Yes, Qatar is one of those countries. Women in Qatar are treated like property. For example, if a Muslim woman has sexual relations with a non-Muslim man, the punishment is death.
Most manual labor in Qatar is done by foreigners from poor countries. Foreign workers in Qatar are treated like slaves. Upon arriving to Qatar, their passports are collected by their employers and they cannot leave until their employer say they can leave.
Qatar, like most of its geographical neighbors, is a terrible, awful place, especially for westerners or other people whose feet stand firmly in the 21st century. The idea that it would be chosen to host a World Cup is ridiculous.