Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird starred in an episode of LeBron James’ HBO series. And if the trailer is any indication, they stir up the conversation.
HBO announced this week the glamorous couple were to appear on “The Shop: Uninterrupted” alongside Tony Award-winner Whoopi Goldberg, ex-Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, Eagles safety and social justice advocate Malcolm Jenkins, and Peabody Award-winning actor Hasan Minhaj.
Maverick Carter, James’ business partner and co-star, anchors the conversation from the barbershop. “The Shop” premiered on HBO in August 2018.
Each episode features a cadre of celebrities, athletes, activists and political figures discussing their experiences and social issues in a casual barbershop setting. The HBO episode includes Rapinoe talking about how the historical perception of the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team helps its current members amplify their message of social justice.
“A huge advantage we have is traditionally, we’re like, cute, white, ‘Go America,’” Rapinoe says.
“That’s what they thought!,” Goldberg replies.
The USWNT captured their second straight World Cup win last summer. Rapinoe, the team’s captain, was awarded the Golden Boot and Golden Ball.
She also made international headlines when she said her team would not visit the White House, drawing the ire of President Donald Trump. The incident prompted Bird to pen an essay titled, “So the President Hates My Fucking Girlfriend.”
Bird, a four-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time WNBA champion, announced her relationship with Rapinoe when she came out as gay in 2017. They became the first same-sex couple to ever appear nude in ESPN’s “The Body” issue the following year.
The two athletic stars opened up about their relationship in a recent feature story for InStyle Magazine’s “Beauty Issue,” talking about their bond and social activism. Rapinoe is part of a class-action lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation for equal pay, while Bird encouraged U.S. Basketball to pay players to stay in the U.S. and train for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.