‘It gets tiring apologizing’: Subway franchises want fast-food giant to DROP Megan Rapinoe ads because soccer star’s woke politics are upsetting their customers
- Subway has since April paid Megan Rapinoe to promote their brand in adverts
- The soccer star is known for her strong opposition to Trump and ‘woke’ politics
- Rapinoe won a bronze in Tokyo, and took the knee during the National Anthem
- Subway franchise owners are complaining about Rapinoe as ‘face’ of the brand
- One Wisconsin owner shared a note taped to his door complaining about her
- An Arizona owner said the company was wrong to ‘make a political statement’
- Subway franchise association said concerns have been passed to management
- Find out the latest Tokyo Olympic news including schedule, medal table and results right here
Owners of Subway franchises are asking the company’s bosses to pull adverts featuring soccer star Megan Rapinoe, because customers are complaining about her political activism.
Rapinoe, 36, is as well known for her outspoken views and purple hair as she is for her soccer skills.
In Tokyo for her third Olympics, Rapinoe took a knee during the National Anthem, before their bronze-winning game.
Donald Trump issued a statement mocking Rapinoe for failing to bring hold the gold.
‘The woman with the purple hair played terribly and spends too much time thinking about Radical Left politics and not doing her job,’ he said – comments which Rapinoe called ‘sad’.
Rapinoe famously said in 2019 she would not go to the ‘f****** White House’ to celebrate winning the World Cup when Trump was in office.
Rapinoe was hired by Subway in April for an advert showing her kicking a ball that knocks a burrito from a man’s hand – and her telling him to eat a Subway sandwich instead. She is currently in their sports-themed spot, alongside Serena Williams, Tom Brady and basketball player Steph Curry.
Yet her adverts have been divisive.
Megan Rapinoe, perhaps the most famous soccer player in the United States, stars in a Subway advert, unveiled in April, that sees her kicking a burrito out of a man’s hand and telling him to eat Subway instead
Pictured taking a knee before a Team USA game in Tokyo, the 36-year-old is as well known for her activism as her sporting skills
A Wisconsin franchise owner shared a photo of a note posted to his door with the North American Association of Subway Franchisees (NAASF)
At the end of July, a Wisconsin franchise operator shared a note from an angry customer with a discussion forum hosted by the North American Association of Subway Franchisees (NAASF).
The note, taped to his door, read: ‘Boycott Subway until Subway fires the anti-American Megan Rapinoe, the creep who kneels for our beloved National Anthem!’
The Wisconsin owner said: ‘The ad should be pulled and done with. It gets tiring apologizing.’
Subway does not own any of its nearly 22,000 locations, but it charges franchisees 4.5 per cent of their revenue for a national advertising fund, and controls how the money is spent from its Connecticut headquarters.
An Arizona owner said on the NAASF blog: ‘Spending our money to make a political statement is completely and totally out of bounds.’
Rapinoe is seen in the Olympic advert for Subway, which also stars Serena Williams and Tom Brady
Rapinoe takes a knee during the National Anthem in September 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia
Last week, representatives from the NAASF told members the group had passed on their concerns to the senior leadership, led by CEO John Chidsey.
‘Your NAASF Board has already communicated with [Subway] leadership the concerns voiced by NAASF membership,’ the group’s executive director, Illya Berecz, told franchisees, according to a letter obtained by The New York Post.
‘I had a bunch of franchisees calling me on this today,’ a lawyer who represents Subway franchisees told The Post earlier this week. ‘They are trying to get the ads pulled.’