Ava DuVernay Extends Dinner Invite To Soccer Star Who Isn't Going To The 'F**king White House' If Her Team Wins The World Cup Title
"Got folks mad because you don't want to eat fast food at their house," the award-winning director tweeted.
Oscar-nominated director Ava DuVernay is lending her full support to United States Women's National Team (USWNT) member Megan Rapinoe, even extending an invite to join her for dinner following this summer's Women's World Cup.
Rapinoe, who also serves as captain of the 2015 championship-winning team, went viral Wednesday after emphatically claiming she wouldn't be "going to the f***king White House" should the United States secure another World Cup trophy this year. As Blavity previously reported, this upset the always sensitive commander-in-chief.
"Leagues and teams love coming to the White House. I am a big fan of the American Team and Women’s Soccer, but Megan should WIN first before she talks!" Trump tweeted Wednesday in response to Rapinoe's statement. "Finish the job! We haven’t yet invited Megan or the team, but I am now inviting the TEAM, win or lose."
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DuVernay, who has unapologetically voiced her disapproval for the 45th POTUS in the past, one-upped Trump by giving Rapinoe her backing in a tweet Wednesday afternoon, including a coveted invite to dine with the When They See Us director.
Oh, @mPinoe. You are so bad-ass. Killing it on the field. Got folks mad cause you don’t wanna eat fast food at their house. Just keep shining. And I humbly invite you to dinner at my house anytime. Until then, I’ll watch this video of you being cool and epic. Onward! #AllEyesOnUS pic.twitter.com/VwMpzKmq7r— Ava DuVernay (@ava) June 26, 2019'
Rapinoe has been vocal about human rights and her disdain of Trump long before the release of the now-famous interview, which was originally recorded in January. In September 2016, the 33-year-old sided with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and took a knee during the national anthem prior to kick-off between the Chicago Red Stars and Seattle Reign FC.
"Being a gay American, I know what it means to look at the flag and not have it protect all of your liberties," the California native said to John Halloran of American Soccer Now. "It was something small that I could do and something that I plan to keep doing in the future and hopefully spark some meaningful conversation around it."
The USWNT continue their quest for a fourth World Cup title on Friday when they play France in the quarterfinals.