The Daily Show Tackles the USWNT Gender Pay Gap Dispute In the Best Way Possible
Hope Solo, Becky Sauerbrunn, and Ali Krieger are ready level the playing field
Leave it to Comedy Central to satirically tackle the USWNT's fight against the gender wage gap in soccer. Last Wednesday, The Daily Show's Hasan Minhaj sat down with USWNT veterans Hope Solo, Becky Sauerbrunn, and Ali Krieger in an attempt to figure out why they were being so "greedy" (insert eye roll here).
"We're not being greedy," Solo responds in the interview. "We're just fighting for what's right." (Did you hear that The U.S. Women's Soccer Team May Boycott Rio Over Equal Pay?)
To play devil's advocate, Minhaj spits facts about the men's team, not-so-humbly bragging about how they "play with so much passion," have made it to round 16 of the World Cup, and are ranked 30th in the world.
The women players respond by casually pointing out that they've won three World Cups, are ranked number one in the world, and have four Olympic gold medals under their belts. Burnnn. (Their winning game was the most-watched soccer game in history.)
Despite their exceptional accomplishments, the women's team only gets paid $1,300 for every match they win, compared to the whopping $17,000 (!) their male counterparts make.
The men even get paid for losing, making $5,000 for every loss, while the women don't get paid anything. "Maybe that's why you guys don't lose," Minhaj says, trying to find the silver lining in the situation.
He even suggests that the female players should pick up some occasional post game Uber driving to help with their financial troubles. "We don't have time to be an Uber driver," Solo responds. "We put in the time needed to win gold medals for this team." (Just try The USWNT Endurance Circuit Workout.)
They've clearly got the track record to prove it.
Check out the entire segment below, which includes a hilarious commercial for the ladies, complete with the tag line, "JUST F@#KING DO IT".