Julie Ertz and the rest of the U.S. women’s soccer team are headed to the next round of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. But her husband, NFL player Zach Ertz, is still seemingly stealing some of her spotlight after CBS News referred to the renowned soccer player as his wife.
In a tweet about the Eagles tight end being granted leave from his team’s training camp so that he can attend the World Cup, CBS News failed to refer to Team USA’s defensive midfielder by her name.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 13, 2019
Now, days after the tweet was originally posted, people are speaking out about the “misogyny” embedded within the post — from its wording to the photo that was also published.
Are you frickin kidding me
— Imani Gandy (@AngryBlackLady) June 18, 2019
"wife" is a weird name for a pro soccer player who's made it to the highest level of her sport.
— Mads (@madisons_mad) June 18, 2019
She has a name
— Lindsay Bostwick🌵 (@Lindsay_Binzy) June 16, 2019
Yo- SHE'S in the damned World Cup, but somehow doesn't even get her name mentioned?! She's Julie Ertz and SHE'S the important one here!!!
Goddamned misogyny. Can't even recognize the woman when the woman is the one making history.
— Megan ‘Let’s All Punch Nazis’ Regel (@Megalinity) June 17, 2019
Couldn’t you guys have found a better picture? Idk like one of her playing in her jersey 🤯
— Lexxxxxus (@Lexxxx_25) June 16, 2019
Others took it upon themselves to rewrite CBS’s tweet to balance out the bias.
US soccer midfielder Julie Ertz visited by husband, who also plays a sport https://t.co/0AG2IdUyv7
— ryan teague beckwith (@ryanbeckwith) June 17, 2019
Julie Ertz's husband leaves work to watch her in the World Cup.
— Amado (@adusman) June 16, 2019
Dude leaves optional practice to support badass wife on the biggest stage she’ll compete professionally*
— Danae Monroe (@danaecm) June 17, 2019
Someone even suggested that the tweet could still be compromised to recognize both of the athletes names and occupations.
How bout. “Eagles tight end Zach Ertz leaves training camp to support wife, US mid fielder Julie Ertz, in the World Cup.” Why do we need to leave either of them out?
— Cowboy (@zwilkerson78) June 17, 2019
But others said that the point wasn’t to make it even, but instead to point out how women are “almost always marginalized in relation to their husbands.” In fact, it wouldn’t be the first time that accomplished women were referred to as their husband’s wives — the most notable example being Amal Clooney’s birth announcement, where AP referred to the human rights lawyer as George Clooney’s wife.
CBS didn’t immediately respond to Yahoo Lifestyle’s request for comment.
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