The New York Police Department said its Hate Crimes Working Group opened an investigation after posters of football star Megan Rapinoe were vandalized with misogynistic comments and homophobic slurs in a subway station in Manhattan.
According to USA Today, the weathered posters, located around the Bryant Park subway station, were reported to authorities Monday morning – two days before the US National Football Team celebrates its World Cup victory at a parade of tapes in the city. .
Rapinoe, the co-captain of the team, received the Golden Boot and Golden Ball trophies on Sunday as the top scorer and best player in the Women's World Cup. Tens of thousands of people invaded the streets of Manhattan to celebrate the athlete and her teammates on Wednesday.
"Hatred has no place in the public transport network and we are working hard to make the subway a welcoming and safe environment for everyone," said a spokesman for the city. Metropolitan Transportation Authority at the New York Post. "We referred this to the New York police who responded to an investigation. Our maintenance crews have cleaned the posters and we will have them replaced by new ones if necessary. "
Rapinoe, who is gay, is a strong advocate for LGBTQ rights. She made the national headlines of her quarrel with President Donald Trump, whom she criticized in an interview on Tuesday for putting forward an exclusion program.
"Your message excludes people. You m me exclude. You exclude people who are like me. You exclude people of color. You exclude … the Americans who support you maybe, "she told CNN, addressing Trump.
"You have to do better for everyone," she added.
Rapinoe echoed this message during the parade by telling the assembled crowd that we all needed to "be better".
"We must love more. Hate less. We must listen more and talk less. We learned that it was everyone's responsibility. Every person here. Every person who is not here. Every person who does not want to be here. Everyone who agrees and disagrees. It's our responsibility to make this world a better place, "said Rapinoe.
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