The Good Thing and The Bad Thing
Who is Brandi Chastain and what is the Brandi Chastain Controversy about, you may ask. It is essential that before you jump into a conclusion about what any controversy is about, you should first understand and know the person involved in the controversy. Well, to answer the question who Brandi Chastain is – she’s a professional ‘American Soccer midfielder and defender’, a member of the team ‘California Storm of Women’s Premier Soccer League’. She is also a previous member of ‘United States Women’s National Soccer Team.
What Is The Controversy?
So, next is to explain about the Brandi Chastain Controversy. Fifteen years ago, Brandi Chastain transformed US soccer, championed the World Cup, and ripped her jersey off.
Well, it is on July 10, 1999, the Rose Bowl in California is filled with 90,185 people. There were lots of people watching the ‘Women’s Soccer World Cup’. During that competition, China is said to be taking on US and that the “gold medal” was the biggest price to win and national pride it is. The game is considered one of the most exciting contests in the field of soccer. But people remember what happens there, and even after so many years later, the issue is still being discussed in most soccer forums.
No one who has watched the game will ever forget about what Brandi Chastain did. She ripped off her jersey and let out all her emotions. At that time, it was as if the clock stops ticking. An athlete woman stripped herself before the 100,000 people. Her torso was only covered by a sports bra. Her teammates, overwhelmed by what they saw sprinted towards her and enveloped her with much excitement and joy. They consider her as role model and a hero. She has definitely empowered the girls and women around the globe who were watching. Ever since then, Brandi Chastain has changed the world of women’s sports. She has truly showed all the women and girls that they’re strong, fighters, and that they’re capable of being victorious.
Although it is typical for male soccer players to celebrate victory by taking their shirt off, no female player would dare to do it – but not Brandi Chastain even if years ago, it wasn’t normal for a woman to show her body in sports bra. Before, sports bra is being treated just like other undergarments (meaning, it is only meant to be hidden under your shirts). Thus, what happened in the soccer competition had been so controversial.
But in spite of it all, Brandi Chastain described that moment as one of her bests. She considered it as momentary insanity and that that was the best moment in her life in the soccer sports. Since then, Chastain’s sports bra has been considered as a symbol of empowerment that girls and women felt all over the US and most likely across the different parts of the globe. In fact, the popular sports bra has been put into display inside the ‘Sports Museum’ of America located in NYC, but it was now in the possession of Brandi Chastain.