“Seeing America with Megan Rapinoe” debuted on HBO Saturday. The world famous soccer star’s inaugural guests were Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York City, Peabody Award-winning comedian and host of Netflix’s “Patriot Act” Hasan Minhaj and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones.
Rapinoe tweeted the news about her new gig Monday:
We have an opportunity to reimagine society and ourselves. Join me in a conversation with @AOC, @nhannahjones and @hasanminhaj to talk about the challenges we face as a nation and how we can move forward together.— Megan Rapinoe (@mPinoe) July 27, 2020
Seeing America with Megan Rapinoe premieres 8/1 at 10pm on @HBO pic.twitter.com/zrUMPN4z4D
In a news release, HBO said Rapinoe discussed “critical issues facing society today” in her first recorded episode.
“It is an honor to host a show with a critical conversation between some of America’s most innovative thought leaders,” Rapinoe said in a statement provided by the cable television conglomerate. “I am so thankful to HBO for providing such a powerful platform for this important dialogue.”
HBO said Rapinoe, who is also listed as one of the show’s executive producers, led “a spirited dialogue with these change-makers, aiming to help shape the ongoing cultural conversation that has been taking place during this significant time in our country’s history.”
Although HBO noted Rapinoe is an outspoken trailblazer dedicated to activism, the company’s release made no mention of something that set her apart from other TV hosts: That she is an out lesbian. Having Rapinoe host this program is a significant, even groundbreaking achievement of visibility for the LGBTQ community and for women athletes in the fight for equality. But HBO didn’t mention that, online or in its press release.
So we did.
Congrats to Megan Rapinoe and kudos to HBO for providing her with his platform.