The fun of seeing the Women’s World Cup Soccer champions riding on floats through New York City streets to the sights and sounds of jubilant New Yorkers should have been about these young women, the sport, and the United States, but under this administration, politics creeped in on rodent’s feet.
Chants of “USA!” and the sounds of bagpipe music were heard throughout New York’s “Canyon of Heroes” on Friday, as the city celebrated Abby Wambach, Carli Lloyd, and the rest of the World Cup–winning U.S. women’s national team with a ticker-tape parade.
Confetti – 1500 pounds of it – showered down on them in the Canyon of Heroes. Bagpipes played and the crowds yelled their appreciation as loud as they could.
— Kayla Epstein (@KaylaEpstein) July 10, 2015
Saluting the champs. NY style! pic.twitter.com/QWxYmbaahn
— ErmieV (@ErmieV) July 10, 2015
Then the politicizing began. Schools held up signs applauding the collective and the women were called heroines because it can’t be the valley of heroes. That’s too gender-specific-not divisive enough.
Mayor de Blasio should be thrilled that he was given the idea of holding a ticker tape parade, according to CBS, because he can now “send home his message about equal pay for equal jobs to an audience of often underpaid women,” CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reported.
The parade cost New Yorkers $1.5 million. Does this mean that the taxpayer fund was really to push an agenda?
Socialist Mayor de Blasio didn’t waste any time. He said the celebration brings everyone together to honor the remarkable women on the team and women everywhere.
“This team captured the imagination of the nation and their victory, I think, sends a message about the strength of women, the power of women,” de Blasio said.
Then he went for it. “Their victory, I think, sends a message about the changes we need to make in our society,” he said. “If we’re going to have a more equal society, this victory will send a powerful message about it. If we are going to have pay equity, this victory sends a message about it.”
What does any of this have to do with his phony message? Remember when we all sat down together and just enjoyed sports and the events that surround them?
Sports has been politicized and it’s not for the better. It’s highly stress-enducing and divisive.
Now I can only eagerly await NFL players running around the field with pink or rainbow shoelaces and “Hands Up” shirts.
Source: CBS Local