Soccer star Alex Morgan trolling England by sipping tea after scoring is the internet's new favorite meme
The United States Women's National Team has been making quite the stir again this year at the World Cup in France. Hoping to secure their fourth title, their last from 2015, several team members have already speculated winning the Final. Social media was buzzing last week when co-capitan Megan Rapinoe declared that there was no way in hell she'd visit the "f*cking White House" if the United States won.
But the team is closer now than they were then. Yesterday, the Americans won the semi-final game against England 2-1. Hello, World Cup Finals. The Netherlands and Sweden play each other on July 3's game to determine who will play the States on their journey to victory.
Alex Morgan - who scored the second of America's two goals - celebrated by savagely rubbing her competitors' culture in their face, calling on the stereotype she knew best: English breakfast tea. After Morgan score her goal, she stopped in her tracks and brought an imaginary cup to her lips, pinky up and all. Queue the Revolutionary War all over again.
This match comes at the perfect time, as Americans celebrate their Independence Day this week on July 4. And most meme captions of Alex Morgan "enjoying her morning caffeine" referenced the period of upheaval shortly before 1776.
The ironies don't stop there, as Alex Morgan's birthday was yesterday. Her number is also 13, which many paralleled to the United States' 13 original colonies. Even Hilary Clinton took to Instagram to show her patriotism and support Alex Morgan and her team.
While many Twitter users (who were most likely Americans) thought Alex Morgan's celebration was hilarious, the Brits disagreed. Several comments from Englanders on Twitter branded the celebration as "disrespectful," "classless," and "cocky."
No matter who you rooted for in the semi-final game, you were probably on the edge of your seat. Viewership skyrocketed as the game revealed a familiar rivalry. Daily Mail reports:
"The semi-final brought in the biggest viewership of any programme to air in Britain this year as numbers peaked at 11.48 million from 9.30-9.45pm. More than 43 per cent of those watching terrestrial channels last night were tuning into the game."
And so millions around the wold witnessed Alex Morgan's amazing trolling. They're likely to use the viral photos for days to come (that is, until the next best meme comes around). And that's the tea.