‘I wanted to keep it interesting’ – Morgan on tea-drinking celebration

first_imgU.S. striker Alex Morgan was coy when asked about her tea-drinking celebration against England, simply saying that she “wanted to keep it interesting.”The American forward scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over England in the World Cup semifinal, nodding home Lindsey Horan’s cross in the 31st minute.After scoring, Morgan celebrated by pretending to drink a cup of tea, which was branded as “disrespectful” by some observers. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Morgan indicated that the celebration was inspired by one of her teammates, who herself produced an instantly iconic celebration in the quarterfinal against France by lofting her arms skyward after scoring both of her goals. “I wanted to keep it interesting,” Morgan said after the game. “I know Megan Rapinoe has the best celebrations so I had to try to step up this game.”Morgan did step up on Tuesday in Lyon, scoring her sixth goal of the tournament to draw level with England’s Ellen White in the race for the Golden Boot.Her goal put the U.S. in the final of a tournament where they have been followed by controversy.From the outcry over their celebrations against Thailand to Rapinoe’s feud with Donald Trump to Phil Neville’s protestations against U.S. staff scouting out England’s team hotel, there has always been a non-soccer story surrounding the USWNT in France.Morgan suggested that her celebration may have been inspired by those persistent discussions, saying her team is staying cool among all the hysteria.“We have a lot of noise around this team and it doesn’t affect this team, and so I think we’re just drinking the tea,” Morgan said.Morgan Tea England USWNTThe American striker indicated that Rapinoe may have played a part in planning the celebration, a charge that Rapinoe didn’t exactly deny. “I’m always in the mix on things but we can’t give away all the trade secrets,” Rapinoe said with a smile. The U.S. will take on either Sweden or the Netherlands in the final on Sunday as they look to make it back to back World Cup titles. Having gone through a gauntlet of France and England in the semifinal, Morgan says her team is now stronger for having come out the other side.“This team has had so much thrown at us and I feel like we didn’t take the easy route to the final this tournament,” Morgan said. “And that’s the tea.”last_img read more

Star Caste

first_img Suhani Singh New Delhi June 7, 2019 ISSUE DATE: June 17, 2019UPDATED: June 7, 2019 16:54 IST Article 15, the Anubhav Sinhadirected film is based on the 2014Badaun gang rape case.Andhadhun and Badhai Ho (2018) had already earned Ayushmann Khurrana his spurs in Bollywood. In Article 15 (June 28), the first of his four releases in 2019, he plays a police officer for the first time. But his khaki avatar is nothing like Rohit Shetty’s machismo-high Singham.In the Anubhav Sinha-directed investigative social drama inspired by the 2014 Badaun gang rape case, Khurrana plays Ayan, a higher-caste officer who, while solving the murder case of two girls from marginalised communities, unearths the messy caste politics in the Uttar Pradesh village.”It’s always the subject that attracts me,” says Khurrana. “It’s a realistic cop role, not a film laced with slow-motion shots.”The title of the film draws from Article 15 of the Constitution, which prohibits the state from discriminating against any citizen on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth.”I feel very strongly about the issue,” says Khurrana. He has already watched the hard-hitting documentary, India Untouched, on the Brahmin-Dalit power imbalance, and is reading Omprakash Valmiki’s Joothan, in which the author documents his life as a Dalit who grew up on leftovers discarded in garbage.Caste is the elephant in the room that Bollywood rarely acknowledges in commercial film led by a star; Marathi cinema has given us Sairat and Tamil cinema Kabali. Article 15 should change that. It will also help Khurrana shed the man-child hero image he has been typecast into.Sinha had offered him a rom-com to begin with, but the actor was keen on an issue-based drama akin to Sinha’s previous film, Mulk. It was then that Sinha suggested the film.advertisement”It’s my first serious, hard hitting film,” says Khurrana. He drew inspiration from IPS officer Manoj Malviya in Delhi whom he has known for five years. “I have imbibed his mannerisms and look,” says the actor, who sports a moustache in the film.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Ayushmann KhurranaFollow Article 15Follow Anubhav Sinha Star CasteIn the Anubhav Sinha-directed investigative social drama inspired by the 2014 Badaun gang rape case, Khurrana plays Ayan, a higher-caste officer.advertisement Nextlast_img read more