Taylor Swift Praises Alex Morgan And USWNT During Teen Choice Awards

Swift used her Icon Award speech to praise the “heroes” on the World Cup-winning team.

There’s no more convenient way to earn a surfboard than by winning at the Teen Choice Awards, so Lionel Messi and Tobin Heath will be disappointed to have lost out on Choice Male Athlete and Choice Female Athlete, respectively, at the 2019 award show in Hermosa Beach, California, on Sunday night.

But soccer still got its moment in the spotlight when Taylor Swift was presented with the inaugural Icon Award at the show — presenting her surfboard was USWNT star Alex Morgan.

“OK, we have a lot to talk about,” said Swift when looking at her award. “But first I wanna talk about Alex Morgan. The fact that she’s here presenting this to me is such an honor — not only winning the World Cup with her amazing teammates, right? But while they were winning the World Cup, they were also taking a historic stand in terms of gender equality, gender pay gap . . . please, please, please support her and her teammates because this isn’t over yet. It’s not resolved. Get online, talk about it, let people know how you feel about it because what happened to them is unfair – it’s happening everywhere — and they are heroes, icons for standing up.”

Taylor Swift’s call for her fans to mobilize in support of the USWNT shouldn’t be overlooked. Swift has 84.2 million Twitter followers, giving her the fifth most followed account on the social media platform. She has 120 million followers on Instagram, which is the 11th most on that platform. 

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