Bend It Like Megan: Will World Cup Winners Also Become Equality’s Champs in LFG?

Image by Daniel Norin.

LFG is similar in a number of ways to another documentary – FTA, which was made half a century ago. As in the latter, the “F” stands for “fuck” in LFG, too. In the case of the 1972 nonfiction film, the initials stood for Fuck the Army (see: FTA (, while LFG is the acronym for Let’s Fucking Go. Both productions are also protest pictures: FTA chronicled the shows of a troupe of political performers, who entertained GIs at coffeehouses, etc., near military bases, encouraging soldiers to resist the Vietnam War with antiwar skits and songs. On the other hand, LFG documents the struggle of the World Cup-winning U.S. ​women’s national soccer team (USWNT) for gender equity. Furthermore, the leaders of the teams of artists and athletes are inspirational, iconic, larger-than-life women: Jane Fonda in FTA, and Megan Rapinoe in LFG.

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Ed Rampell was named after legendary CBS broadcaster Edward R. Murrow because of his TV exposes of Senator Joe McCarthy. Rampell majored in Cinema at Manhattan’s Hunter College and is an L.A.-based film historian/critic who co-organized the 2017 70th anniversary Blacklist remembrance at the Writers Guild theater in Beverly Hills and was a moderator at 2019’s “Blacklist Exiles in Mexico” filmfest and conference at the San Francisco Art Institute. Rampell co-presented “The Hollywood Ten at 75” film series at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and is the author of Progressive Hollywood, A People’s Film History of the United States and co-author of The Hawaii Movie and Television Book.    

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