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While Rapinoe’s goal-scoring pose was inspiring, Morgan’s is a downright taunt. After scoring what would be the game-winning goal against England on Tuesday, Morgan celebrated by daintily sipping an imaginary cup of tea.
It was an impressive display of trash-talking (trash-miming?) and there was absolutely no way that Twitter was going to let it go unnoticed.
Of course, it didn’t hurt that the match took place two days before the U.S. celebrates its independence from England.
On behalf of Scotland, thank you. pic.twitter.com/yihqjitjPT— CraigyWhyteFanClub (@davidkerr1970) July 3, 2019
Although some people, like Piers Morgan, felt the display was disrespectful, most people found it delightfully devilish.
When we win this, I hope every one of our players feigns eating a Big Mac and large fries. https://t.co/nNbZ6QI1mW— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 2, 2019
It’s bordering on a declaration of war. https://t.co/OTvHg4LfeH— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 2, 2019
Alex Morgan. Nothing to see here. Just banter. A storm in a teacup if you will. No big deal. pic.twitter.com/FxTdAZtcBL— Luke Foley - unbearable LFC fan (@LukeAFoley) July 3, 2019
"England, you've had to hold this L for 240 years. Tomorrow's July 4th in this country, we've been whooping you via sea, via land and now in your sport... Thank you Alex Morgan!"— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) July 3, 2019
— @getnickwright on the @USWNT's 2-1 win over England in the #FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/brIPfZBpjs
Even former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton weighed in.
Morgan even later admitted that the ladies can “Walk the Talk”, as he wrote in his column.
When asked about the controversy the mock tea-sipping brewed, Rapinoe defended her meme-mate by literally saying, “Wah, wah, wah.”
U.S. forward Megan Rapinoe on Alex Morgan's tea cup celebration: "I think I might have been upstaged. That was next-level."— Davidde Corran (@DaviddeCorran) July 3, 2019
And on English criticism of the tea cup celebration: "Wah, wah, wah... I don't think anyone truly believes we disrespect opponents."@sntvstory pic.twitter.com/XaCgGTsiKq
Adding to the fun, it turns out Morgan scored the game-winning goal, not only two days before America’s birthday, but on her own actual birthday.
Scoring the winning goal, becoming a meme, and having your team advance to the finals of the World Cup? That’s a pretty good way to celebrate turning 30.
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David Britton is a writer and comedian based in Rhinebeck, New York who focuses on internet culture, memes, and viral news stories. He also writes for the Hard Times and is the creator of StoriesAboutWizards.com.