An investigation is underway after posters of US women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe were spotted vandalized at Bryant Park in Manhattan, one day after the team’s World Cup championship victory.
Via NY Post:
“The bigoted vandal scribbled marker over Rapinoe’s face and forehead Monday morning on more than six posters displayed throughout the mezzanine level of the station near Sixth Avenue and West 42nd Street, cops said Tuesday.
The hateful messages included “shemale” and “screw this ho,” police sources said.”
The outspoken gender equality and LGBTQ activist made waves when a video surfaced showing her boldly stating, “I’m not fucking going to the White House,” to which Donald Trump responded in a series of Tweets.
An MTA spokesperson said the agency is working with the NYPD Hate Crime task force to investigate the graffiti.
“Hate has no place in the transit system and we work hard to make the subway a welcoming, safe environment for everyone,” MTA spokesman Shams Tarek wrote. “We referred this to NYPD which responded to investigate, our maintenance teams got the posters cleaned and we will have them replaced with new ones if necessary.”
On Sunday, the USWNT won its record fourth Women’s World Cup title and second in a row.